Summer Undergraduate Researchers in the Department

Posted: 8/12/2016
Congratulations to all undergraduate student researchers and their mentors:Miriam Hill (Xavier University, Louisianna) - Dr. Hollie Swanson Amanda Hoskins (University of Kentucky) - Drs.Sanda and Florin Despa Sydney Lammers (University of Kentucky) - Dr. Changcheng Zhou John Pina  (University of Kentucky) - Dr. Olivier ThibaultMeghan Turner  (University of Kentucky) - Dr. Elizabeth Headupon completion of their projects and participating in the ASPET SURF program hosted by Dr. Hollie Swanson and the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Donna Weber also kindly coordinated aspects of the program.Joseph... FULL STORY

UK Scientist Profiles Get 324,000 Views on LabTV

Posted: 1/27/2016
Over the last six months, videos of 22 biomedical researchers from the University of Kentucky, featured on the national website LabTV, have garnered 324,000 views. features thousands of researchers working at dozens of leading universities, corporations, and the National Institutes of Health. In these videos medical researchers tell where they came from, how they chose their career, what they do each day in the lab, and why they love it. Jay Walker of TEDMED, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, started the site because if high school students or college undergrads can personally identify with a young medical researcher, they are far... FULL STORY
Tags: Research

Nutritional Scientist Explains Cancer-Fight Potential of Flavonoids in New

Posted: 11/23/2015
Plants put up a natural defense system against bacteria and disease through bioactive chemical constituents called flavonoids. While humans have turned to plants and herbs for medicinal purposes throughout history, researchers are now learning how to harness the chemopreventive properties of flavonoids to prevent human disease. Medical research suggests flavonoids can prevent the development of steroid-responsive cancers, but not all flavonoids serve the same beneficial function. In her new book, “Flavonoids, Inflammation and Cancer,” Hollie Swanson, a University of Kentucky researcher in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, describes how... FULL STORY
Tags: Nutritional Science, Faculty, Awards and Recognition

Cardiovascular Research Is Personal for UK's Lisa Cassis

Posted: 11/18/2015
For University of Kentucky Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis the drive to conduct meaningful research is personal.  “You don’t go into it for the money, you go into it because you want to help people,” Cassis said. The longtime UK professor chose to devote her career to cardiovascular research after watching her father battle heart disease for nearly 30 years. He suffered his first heart attack at age 51, went through three open heart surgeries, and was able to live until age 80 by managing his diet. However, Cassis says his lipid problems kept coming back no matter what he did. “I wanted to know why we aren’t able to help someone like... FULL STORY

Loria Presents Gender-Based Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at 2015

Posted: 11/16/2015
Analia Loria, assistant professor of pharmacology and nutritional sciences at the University of Kentucky, will be a featured presenter at the First Physiology and Gender Conference organized by the American Physiological Society this week. At the conference, Loria will be discussing her research on the susceptibility of rodents to develop cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome in adulthood after being exposed to high-stress situations early in life. Loria utilizes animal models to study the effects in the cardiovascular system to mimic children that have been exposed to psychosocial stresses such as abuse, neglect, parental loss and other traumas. The stress, in... FULL STORY
Tags: Gill Heart Institute, Pharmacology, Research

UK Scientists Explain Underlying Cause of Unhealthy Brain Aging Associated

Posted: 8/3/2015
Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones. But calcium also plays an essential role in the neurological functioning of the brain, where it must be tightly regulated and not rise to excessive levels. A signaling molecule, calcium enables learning, cognition and the retention of memories. Calcium also facilitates communication among nerve cells and transports molecules to the many branches of the nerve cell. Building on scientific evidence implicating disturbed calcium regulation in brain aging accumulated through the past 30 years, a research team in the University of Kentucky... FULL STORY
Tags: Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Pharmacology

Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences Graduates honored at 2015 May

Posted: 6/17/2015
Doctor of Philosophy: Junting Ai, China; Kate Townsend Creasy, Richmond, VA; Paulina Renee Davis, Temecula, CA; Leann Sara Fiore, Tulsa, OK; Sang Hee Lee, South Korea; Kristen Platt, Flemingsburg, KY; Robin Camille Shoemaker, Farmington, NM; Joel Christopher Thompson, Lexington, KY; Congqing Wu, Lexington, KY Master of Science: Maram Kalid Alhowaish, Lexington, KY; Reem Othman Basaqr, Saudi Arabia; Mariem Boughoula, Lexington, KY; Evan Cassity, Paris, KY; Cory Steven Eakins, Madisonville, KY; Corey Joseph Hawes, Louisville, KY; Marissa Mae Kruthaup, Morrow, OH; Murong Ma, China; Shreya Vikram Patel, India; Nicolle Putnam, Hartley, IA; Xinyu Qi, China; Chia-Hua Wu,... FULL STORY

UK Hosts 5th Annual Barnstable Brown Research Day

Posted: 6/17/2015
The University of Kentucky’s fifth annual Barnstable Brown Obesity and Diabetes Research Day was held on May 20 at the Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A. Since 2011, the event has focused on current findings in obesity and diabetes research and features presentations by nationally prominent physician-scientists as well as the work of regional researchers and UK students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty chosen from abstract submissions. President Eli Capilouto opened the day with remarks about the importance of diabetes research at UK, given the prevalence of the disease in the region and the fact that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death and disability... FULL STORY
Tags: Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center

Grant Funds Continued Study of Aging and Alzheimer's Disease in Down

Posted: 5/6/2015
Two researchers from the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging have received a multi-million dollar grant renewal to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and brain aging with the help of people with Down syndrome (DS). People with Down syndrome have a third copy of Chromosome 21, and that chromosome is the same one responsible for the production of a molecule called amyloid precursor protein. Since amyloid overproduction causes the brain plaques that are a cardinal feature of AD, virtually 100 percent of DS people have Alzheimer's pathology in their brain by the time they are 40, although many of them do not yet have the dementia that is the clinical... FULL STORY

Hollie Swanson works with STEMCats project, "Drug Interactions in

Posted: 5/4/2015
"Drug Interactions in Breast Cancer" project has the potential to help scientists understand why the drug tamoxifen may not work as a therapy for breast cancer in some patients. Hollie Swanson, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences, and Ok-Kyong Park-Sarge, associate professor in the Department of Physiology, worked with 10 STEMCats students on the project. The group focused on the question, "If breast cancer patients taking tamoxifen are also taking drugs to treat epilepsy or heart failure, would those drugs interfere with tamoxifen and inhibit their breast cancer treatment?" In addition to addressing a real-world issue through... FULL STORY

Fowlkes Returns to UK to Lead Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center

Posted: 5/4/2015
Dr. John Fowlkes took the helm as new director of the University of Kentucky's Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Center earlier this year with a vision to build upon the center's past work and develop a robust and comprehensive adult and pediatric center providing research, education and patient care for the thousands of Kentuckians diagnosed with diabetes. But the Texas native who has spent the last decade at the University of Arkansas Children's Hospital, has found himself in familiar territory. Fowlkes, who succeeds Dr. Philip Kern who served as the Center's inaugural director and who had been performing a dual role as director of the UK's Center for Clinical... FULL STORY
Tags: Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center

UK takes part in AHA “National Wear Red Day”

Drs. Analia Loria and Frederique Yiannikouris Posted: 2/9/2015
On Friday, February 6, 2015 the Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences hosted the University of Kentucky’s inaugural “Wear Red Day” symposium to raise awareness for cardiovascular research in women. The event was a part of the annual “National Wear Red Day” sponsored by the American Heart Association (AHA) that takes place on the first Friday of February. National Wear Red Day was initiated in 2003 in response to the alarming fact that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year, yet 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Drs. Analia Loria and Frederique Yiannikouris from the Department of... FULL STORY