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Clinical Trials Featured in Spring 2003 Odyssey

Contact: Alicia Gregory

To menopausal women in Kentucky, UK’s clinical trial on the memory and mood effects of hormone replacement therapy may help women decide whether HRT is worth the risk. UK’s trial of a smart vaccine that targets cancer cells may eventually prolong life for the 3,100 Kentuckians that die of lung cancer each year.

 

May 1, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Today’s clinical trials equal tomorrow’s drugs and treatments. The cover story of the spring 2003 issue of Odyssey highlights the life-saving and life-enhancing potential of just a few of the more than 500 clinical trials underway at UK.

To menopausal women in Kentucky, UK’s clinical trial on the memory and mood effects of hormone replacement therapy may help women decide whether HRT is worth the risk. UK’s trial of a smart vaccine that targets cancer cells may eventually prolong life for the 3,100 Kentuckians that die of lung cancer each year. And, for baby boomers facing age-related macular degeneration, UK is conducting two clinical trials to test an implanted device that delivers steroids to reduce the blood vessel leakage that causes blindness. Other featured trials focus on treatments for diabetes, asthma and thyroid cancer.

Odyssey also features a program that teams up UK faculty and administrators with other institutions to help improve math and science teaching in 52 Appalachian school districts. This work is being supported by a $22 million National Science Foundation grant, one of the largest in UK’s history.

The issue also publicizes an extremely successful program to help adults process and overcome childhood sexual abuse, as well as research to create tomorrow’s nanoscale ceramic materials, a “mad cow” relative called chronic wasting disease, and the possible connection between periodontal disease and low-weight babies. UK’s new vice president for research, Wendy Baldwin, Ph.D., is the focus of another feature.

Odyssey covers the latest research advances, innovative scholarship, and outstanding people that are part of UK’s annual $230 million research enterprise. The award-winning magazine, published through the Office of the Vice President for Research, is also available online.


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