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UK Public Health and Aging Researchers Clarify Relationships Between Diabetes and Two Cognitive Disorders

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 11:36

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) — Researchers in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and UK College of Medicine recently published a landmark study examining the relationships between diabetes and two types of cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease.  


The results of the study, which appeared in a recent issue of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, suggest a correlation between diabetes and cerebrovascular disease, a neurological condition characterized by constricted blood flow to the brain. Cerebrovascular disease is associated with stroke and ruptures that cause brain damage.


Contrary to clinical observations indicating a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, the authors did not find a significant correlation between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease brain pathology. Their research does not support a causal relationship between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.


Erin Abner, an assistant professor in the UK College of Public Health with a joint appointment in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, served as the lead investigator of the study. She said the research responds to conflicting research results pointing to a relationship between diabetes and two cognitive diseases. 


“While diabetes is without question both a major public health issue and a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia, our study suggests that cognitive dysfunction related to diabetes is likely to be preventable and underscores the idea that heart health is brain health,” Abner said.


The interdisciplinary team of researchers collected data through a sample of more than 2,300 autopsied human subjects with and without diabetes. Data was obtained from the national Statistical Modeling of Aging and Risk of Transition (SMART) consortium, which is led by UK researchers Richard Kryscio and Frederick Schmitt. The researchers examined a number of variables related to the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease and correlated these factors with a condition of diabetes reported through medical records and the use of anti-diabetic medications.


The results clarified the relationships between diabetes and brain infarction, or a type of stroke caused by a blockage of blood vessels in the brain.  Individuals diagnosed with diabetes have a greater risk of developing cerebrovascular disease. While the biological mechanism through which diabetes causes this condition is still unknown, researchers suspect this process involves many factors, including insulin resistance, hypertension and abdominal obesity.


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Online Doctoral Program Brings Together School Leaders From Across Globe

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 08:44

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 31, 2016) Robert Appino is a South Dakotan working in Vietnam, while pursuing a doctorate at the University of Kentucky College of Education. He is part of a cohort of students working toward a doctoral degree online through the college’s Educational Leadership Studies department.


Appino logs into live, face-to-face doctoral courses from his Mac, sometimes in the odd hours of the night in Vietnam. His classmates are far flung – hailing from places like Hawaii, Iowa, Hong Kong and Kentucky.


The distance does not get in their way. The doctoral program puts them with like-minded innovators, helping create a bond that is, in some ways, stronger than relationships within their daily lives.


“A human relationship underlies the program and socially connects everybody. It strengthens our motivation and desire to achieve,” Appino said. “It feels like we are not alone. We are a group making an impact on education.”


The cohorts converge each summer in Lexington for #EDLDocWeek, which faculty describe as a week of social events, opportunities to talk one-on-one with faculty, and serious intellectual work. They write, pitch research and attend a variety of faculty-led sessions.


During doc week Appino, along with classmates Taylor Clements and Steph Anderson, sat down to discuss their experience in the program. While they represent a focus on the area of school technology leadership, there are a variety of specializations offered within the Educational Leadership Studies department.


Many students in the department work full-time and are known as innovators in their schools, constantly on the lookout for ways to update students’ learning experiences to match the ever-evolving, technology-rich careers they will enter.


As school leaders, many in the program are facilitating conversations with teachers, administrators, school boards and parents to help update the learning process. The doctoral program gives them a research base for this type of transformation.


“We are able to say ‘this is what the world is doing, and this is where we need to be going,’” said doctoral student Anderson, who is an elementary school principal in Iowa. “The foundation in research and things we learn in the program help us facilitate those conversations to make an impact on teaching and learning.”


Clements is a high school math teacher in Louisville who has used his experience in the program to approach issues in his school, such as updating policies on cell phones and social media. The program gave him a wider perspective and deeper understanding of the issues, he said.


“I love how it’s not just the ivory tower research, it’s hands on,” he said. “Everyone here is definitely thinking about the right now. For instance, one of our faculty members (Dr. Justin Bathon) helps run the Fayette County STEAM Academy. Here is a faculty member who is working passionately in a high school and knows all the kids. He is a Ph.D. and is actually applying it.”


The program addresses the process of school change. In an #EDLDocWeek session on design thinking John Nash described a high school he has worked with that had been on an academic watch list. A typical reaction would have been to add stricter policies and rules to solve what ailed the school, he said. Instead, they brainstormed a solution and piloted it – a new schedule that doesn’t use bells – with a group of 300 students from the school of 1,800. Journalism students operated as person-on-the-street interviewers, getting spot interviews and user feedback on how it was going. Some of the idea went to scale, and it worked.  Soon, principals from higher performing schools were asking for their secret.


“It worked because it involved users from the start,” Nash said. “Empathy works and can bring solutions that are very surprising.”


In addition to sessions like the one on design thinking, faculty put together a week’s worth of activities for the students while they were in Lexington. They toured distilleries, played Breakout Games and attended a BBQ in faculty member Jayson Richardson’s back yard.


“Any time we are together it’s fun,” Appino said. “Whether we are working or having dinner together, we are having conversations about education, how we use tech in schools, where the vision is going and what the research is saying. We work with a rock star leadership in this program. The faculty running it are heavy hitters with a lot of knowledge. It is powerful to work with this incredible faculty and a diverse, strong group of students who are education leaders that will impact learning.”


Education leaders will be faced with a new issue this fall — many students are returning to school after spending a summer immersed in Pokémon Go gaming.


“Pokémon is this new thing, and we don’t know how long it will last,” Appino said. “I’m excited that it is teaching augmented reality to the masses and we need to leverage that in the classroom. We have an incredibly eager faculty at my school in Vietnam and one of the first questions they will ask me when I get back is ‘Robert, how can we use this?’ and ‘Where might this fit in our curriculum?’


"It is part of my role as a tech integration specialist. If it doesn’t fit with standards and goals, then maybe we can use it as a team building thing, or maybe not at all. But what I come back to is that we are in a very exciting time for education and this doctoral program is helping up polish and dive deeper into this excitement in a way that I wouldn’t have had if not for this community of learning I’m working with.”


Click here for more information on programs in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the UK College of Education.



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Behind the Blue: Exploring the Paradox of History With Tracy Campbell

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 22:20




LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016) — Tracy Campbell views history as a way to explore the paradoxes of humanity and the human condition.


“We’re human beings. We are complex. We are not perfect,” said Campbell, a University of Kentucky professor of history. “Why do we like Shakespeare? Because it’s not devils versus angels. It’s about how the two can usually be in the same head … and that’s a lot more interesting, but it’s also a lot more human … the paradox of American history is what I really enjoy trying to understand.”


Campbell discusses the exploration of those paradoxes in his work at UK and in how he teaches students in this week’s edition of “Behind the Blue,” the podcast produced by UK Public Relations and Marketing that explores the people and events that make UK the university for Kentucky.


Campbell — a native Kentuckian and UK graduate — has been teaching and writing at the University of Kentucky since 1999. Known for his skills as a writer and scholar as well as captivating teacher, Campbell has written books about Kentucky political wunderkind Ed Prichard, explored the political dealings behind the creation of the St. Louis Arch, and delved into the history of election fraud in America. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and was named one of UK’s Great Teachers.


Now, he is researching and writing about what he calls a seminal and pivotal moment in American history — the year, 1942, when the country entered World War II and made critical decisions that have shaped the development of the United States. You can read more about Campbell and his work here —


The link to all Behind the Blue podcasts via iTunes is


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UK, City Work Together for Fun, Safe Football Saturdays

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 17:42

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016)  With the University of Kentucky kicking off its 2016 football season this Saturday evening against Southern Miss, UK representatives and city of Lexington officials today announced updates and issued several reminders concerning game day operations at Commonwealth Stadium this fall.


To help spread the word, UK Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday was joined by Lexington Police Chief Mark Barnard and others at the annual Game Day news conference at Wildcat Den, located within the stadium.


"First of all, we want to express our appreciation to our fans for their tremendous support of our football program," Monday said. "Our transformed stadium is even more beautiful this fall as we were able to add several more finishing touches to the facility and its surroundings during the offseason.”


The Kentucky Wildcats will play Southern Miss at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3.


“Lexington definitely is energized when the students come back to campus and football season opens,” said Barnard, speaking for his department and on behalf of Mayor Jim Gray. “We love seeing Wildcat fans from all over Kentucky and beyond come to Commonwealth Stadium and have a great time at the games. There is cause for optimism about this season and the excitement it will bring. We ask everyone to please celebrate safely and respect the neighborhoods that surround the stadium.”


Other speakers at the news conference included UK Police Chief Joe Monroe and UK Executive Associate Athletics Director Marc Hill.


A few highlights as to what fans need to be aware of coming to the stadium complex:

· There have been changes in a number of parking assignments for this season. Specific directions for respective permits are included with season ticket books. Additional clarification on traffic flow is available on the UK football game day website.

· Fans are encouraged to display their parking permit when they leave their homes, enabling traffic personnel to efficiently sort and direct vehicles approaching the stadium complex.

· Non-permit parking is available on Cooper Drive on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at noon ET Fridays. Additional non-permit parking is available in Parking Structures #2, #3 and #6. 

· LexTran will operate the UK Football Express Campus and Downtown shuttles for the 2016 season, and all regular LexTran routes will operate on game day. More information is available at

· Tents and tow-behind trailers: Set up of tents and tow-behind trailers is not permitted until Friday at noon of game week. Removal of tents and tow-behind trailers must be completed by Sunday at noon (following game day).

· Tow-behind trailers may not park on paved surface lots within the Commonwealth Stadium complex, unless they too have a parking permit. Guests bringing a tow-behind trailer on game day, without a parking permit for the trailer, will be directed to the nearest available grass lot.


As has been the case during the last several years, backpacks and large bags are prohibited from entering Commonwealth Stadium. Fans will be permitted to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches x 10 inches x 7 inches. The bag must fit within sizing bins at all entrance gates. UK officials are encouraging fans to arrive early and bring as few items as possible.


UK Athletics has created a game day central website for fans to get answers about all game day operations questions. Before setting foot on campus for a football game this fall, fans are strongly encouraged to visit for all game day information needs.

On the site, fans can read all about the 2016 game day operation changes, including GuestAssist — customer service text-messaging system; Twitter; directions and pre/postgame traffic; parking/tailgating policies; downtown and campus shuttles; RV information — permitted RVs, non-permitted RVs; maps — showing permit parking, non-permit parking, pre/postgame traffic flow and stadium diagram; Commonwealth Stadium A-Z — stadium services, policies and procedures; and about Lexington.


Should you have questions/concerns regarding your game day experience, please submit an email to the UK game day email account ( The UK Athletics event management staff will respond to your inquiries in a timely manner.  

For real time updates regarding game day information, follow UK Athletics-Gameday on Twitter: @UKGamedayInfo.



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"see blue." #selfie: Elizabeth Myers

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 16:48

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016)  Want to get to know the people behind some of the biggest student leadership positions on campus? We did, too! That's why we've introduced "see blue." #selfie — a series on UKNow that lets student leaders from across campus tell us a little bit more about themselves and their organizations. Up this week, Student Activities Board President Elizabeth Myers.


Elizabeth Myers is a senior psychology major and this year's Student Activities Board (SAB) president. From managing all internal and external factors of SAB, to grabbing a bite to eat at a local Lexington restaurant, Myers has a full, and fun-filled schedule. This semester alone, Myers will oversee the 50 events SAB will offer! Learn all about this student leader in her "see blue." #selfie!


UKNow: What is your major and what year are you?

Elizabeth Myers: I'm a senior psychology major with a minor in family sciences.


UK: Where are you from?

EM: I’m from Paris, Kentucky. 


UK: When did you get involved with SAB?

EM: My sophomore year, fall semester.


UK: Tell me a little more about your position.

EM: So, I am the president for this year. My basic job is to manage the organization internally and externally, more on external side. I make sure we put out best foot forward and represent ourselves according to our core values and mission statement. I run weekly meetings and run one-on-ones with programming directors. That’s about everything I do in a nutshell!


UK: What is your favorite thing to do off campus in the Lexington community? 

EM: I would probably say eat. I love to try new restaurants. My friends and I like local food, so when we get a chance we go out to eat.


UK: What made you decide to come to UK?

EM: Several reasons! It’s close to home — about 30 minutes away. I’m an only child and my mom wanted me to go somewhere close but not too close. Paris is a small town; there are two high schools. My graduating class had 53 people, including myself. So basically everyone goes to UK. I followed with the herd and came with my friends. I went on a tour and loved the campus. It was a great fit for me! 


UK: Out of everything that you could've chosen to get involved in here at UK, what about SAB stood out to you the most?

EM: I went to Campus Ruckus freshman year and didn’t realize it was put on by SAB. I went to Anderson Cooper freshman year and I thought it was so amazing that students put on such a huge event. I wanted to be involved and get behind the scenes so I could see how everything worked. Knowing that it was student run is really what drew me. 


UK: What is the main impact that you would like to have on SAB as president?

EM: I just want to make it better. We are already good; we have been doing this for 75 years now. I want to pick up where Olivia left off and diversify our board — majors, race, gender — and make it feel like a family. I was new when I joined but everyone was so welcoming, and I want to do that again. We emphasize that we are the SAB family and I want to boost morale. 


UK: How many events does SAB offer during this year?

EM: We are at about 50 this semester. We had a couple over the summer already!


UK: Is there a faculty/staff member that has helped shape you in this SAB role?

EM: Rhonda Strouse and Courtney McCalla — they give so much support, especially when I was transitioning into this role. I went from a chair to president and they really helped me during that transition.


UK: what is your favorite event that SAB has brought to UK?

EM: They are all my favorite. I think the underground formal we did last fall was one of my favorites though. It was a new event that gave students the chance to go to a prom or relive their prom. I was on elevator duty, but just seeing everyone dressed up in tuxes and prom dresses and so excited and dancing the night away was great. After the event, there were so many questions like “Can you please do this next semester? I want to come again!” I love knowing we make an impact and it was a really great event. 


UK: What is the biggest impression you want to have on students at an SAB event? 

EM: I think we want them to see that they are fun so they may want to apply, and we want them to just know we are here. They know that Campus Ruckus happens, but they don’t know us. We just want them to come have a good time and make an overall good impression. I think we are off to a good start! 


UK: Where is your favorite place at UK to "see blue."?

EM: Probably the library. During my campus tour I walked into the first floor and was like "Wow, this is huge!" The library in my high school was not even half the size. I can’t really study there, I’m always distracted, but that’s where we have our SAB meetings.


UK: What did you do this summer to prepare for SAB this year?

EM: I worked all summer, Monday through Thursday, 20 hours a week. The exec team was here too! I met with Sean Goheen often. We had training and retreats and I did collaboration agreements. I specifically worked with UK Athletics doing collaborative agreements because we are putting on a FIFA tournament this year. We planned for Ruckus a lot too. Work does not stop. Summer flew by. 


UK: What is one event we can all look forward to this year?

EM: I would say the outdoor movies that our Pop Culture Committee are working on with the National Pan-Hellenic Council. It is going to be called Greek Park Pictures. It's something we did in the past and we are bringing it back!


UK: What is your favorite memory that you have from being at the university?

EM: There are so many! I would say it’s more of a feeling. When I first got here everyone told me how big UK was, but within the first few weeks I already knew people. Now, as a senior, I love feeling like it’s home and feeling like I was meant to be here. I was telling someone last week about how being president felt like I belonged in the position and it was meant to happen. That’s my favorite feeling — I feel like it’s safe, it's home. 


UK: What is the best advice you have for incoming freshman? 

EM: I say it all the time — get involved on your own time. I didn't get involved until sophomore year. I found SAB. I would say to get involved and find your home away from home and do it when it feels right to you.


UK: If you were to go back to the beginning of freshman year, what's one thing you would have done differently? 

EM: Well, kind of going off the last question, I would have found SAB sooner. I want more time with it! I hear about people on the board who were here before me and I wish I would have known them. I would have started my spring semester of freshman year to just have more time with it.


UK: What is one movie you quote way too often?

EM: I love "Hocus Pocus." When it's on, my mom and I watch it together!


UK: Since being at UK, what is one thing you've learned outside of the classroom through involvement?

EM: Recently, I have learned that I need to be firm with decisions and how important that is in this role as president. I can't ask someone to do something and then be lazy with it. I need to learn that for my life as well. I am a nice, level person and recently I need to be firm with every aspect of my life — friends, family, work and class!


UK: Did you do anything particularly fun this summer? 

EM: I worked all summer, so I would say probably hanging with my best friend from middle school was the most fun! She has a new son and I got to spend time with him. He's starting to walk!


UK: Are you involved in anything else?

EM: I'm ending my year with FUSION today. We are having our last meeting. I was events operations chair, so I handled logistics. Besides that, SAB has been my sole focus!


"see blue." #selfies will appear every other Tuesday on UKNow. Know a student leader we should feature? Contact Rebecca Stratton at to nominate someone.



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VIDEO: UK Athletics Nutritionist Wants to Help All Students Stay Healthy

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 14:28


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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016) — We’ve all heard the warning about the “freshman 15.”  But is the prediction that freshmen will gain 15 pounds during their first year of college accurate?


This past summer, UK Marketing’s video interns decided to explore this and many other diet-related questions as part of their assignment. The students, both from UK’s College of Communication and Information, found their source in a familiar place. 


Since J.D. Harmon, a senior on the UK football team, and UK basketball senior Dominique Hawkins are both student-athletes, they sought answers with someone they turn to often for advice about eating healthy —  UK Athletics nutritionist Monica Fowler.  


Watch Harmon’s video to see Fowler set the record straight about the “freshman 15” and listen as she offers tips for a healthy college experience.



In Hawkins' video, he shows us how a popular convenience food could actually be turned into a healthy meal by taking a few easy steps under the direction of "Chef" Fowler.  




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Physical Therapy is Best Choice for Pain Management

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 18:10

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported. 


People with chronic pain conditions unrelated to cancer often depend on prescription opioids to manage their pain. As the volume of opioid usage has increased, so has the misuse, abuse and overdose of these drugs in Kentucky and across the United States. 


The statistics are sobering: 

  • As many as one in four people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings suffers with addiction.  

  • Heroin-related overdose deaths more than quadrupled between 2002 and 2014, and people addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin. 

  • More than 165,000 people in the United States have died from opioid pain-medication-related overdoses since 1999. 

  • Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. 



The CDC released guidelines in March 2016 urging prescribers to reduce the use of opioids in favor of safer alternatives in the treatment of chronic pain. Physical therapy is one of the recommended non-opioid alternatives. 

If you or someone you know has pain not related to cancer, consider physical therapy as a safer alternative for managing your pain. Physical therapists diagnose and treat movement disorders that may be contributing to your pain and will develop an active treatment plan specific to your goals.  


A 2008 study following 20,000 people over a period of 11 years found that people who exercised regularly reported less pain.  Manual therapy can reduce pain and improve mobility so that people have more pain-free movement.  That, in turn, promotes more activity, which reduces pain even further.  Exercise and manual therapy are two components of an active treatment plan that may be used by a physical therapist to help manage pain.   


The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has launched a national campaign called #ChoosePT to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the choice of physical therapy as a safe alternative for long-term pain management.  


To find out more or to locate a physical therapist in Kentucky, check out the consumer information link on the APTA website at:  


Tony English, PT, PhD, is director of the Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Kentucky's College of Health Sciences.  


Media Contact: Laura Dawahare,




UK Campus Blood Drives Begin This Week

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:08

Lexington, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) — University of Kentucky students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to save lives during the first campus blood drives of the school year scheduled for today (Aug. 29)  through this Friday, Sept. 2.


Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) blood drives, sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach and DanceBlue, kick off the four annual blood drive weeks that are generously supported by the University of Kentucky community. The blood drive schedule for the week is listed below:


Singletary Center for the Arts

Monday 2-6 p.m.

Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


William T. Young Library

Tuesday noon–6 p.m.

Friday 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.


Johnson Center

Thursday 1-7 p.m.


Everyone will receive a “Wildcats always give 100% unless we’re donating blood” T-shirt. Anyone who registers to give through Aug. 31 will also be automatically entered to win a Toyota Tacoma 4X4 or two tickets to Red, White and Boom Music Festival.


Donors can also register for the Campus Bleed Blue Donor Club. By donating next week and following it up by donations during Big Blue Crush in November and Big Blue Slam in January, donors will receive a Bleed Blue KBC Hoodie in January.


Blood donors must be 17-years-old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, be in general good health, show a photo I.D. and meet additional requirements. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, visit or call 1-800-775-2522.


Founded nearly 50 years ago, KBC is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky. Licensed by the FDA, KBC’s sole purpose is to collect, process and distribute blood for patients in Kentucky hospitals.



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Astronomy Professor, Team Potentially Discover a 'Fifth Force' of Nature

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 16:46

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2016) A University of Kentucky professor has co-authored a paper receiving national attention for potentially discovering a "fifth force" of nature.


Susan Gardner, professor of physics and atronomy in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, is one of seven authors of a paper that published in Physical Review Letters this month. Led by Jonathan Feng of University of California, Irvine, the study’s findings indicate the potential discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle.


Scientists know of four fundamental forces in the universe: gravitation, electromagnetism, and strong and weak nuclear forces. But Gardner and her team posit that if confirmed by further experiments, the discovery of this possible fifth force could completely change the current understanding of the universe.


The team’s work followed on a recent study from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences which reported the observation of an experimental anomaly — and noted that it could be caused by a new subatomic particle. In order to make this compatible with existing experimental constraints, Gardner’s team is proposing the anomaly could be caused by a “protophobic gauge boson.” While normal electromagnetic force acts on electrons and protons, this newfound boson interacts appreciably, but weakly, with only electrons and neutrons — and at an extremely limited range. 


"There is much concrete evidence for dark matter that pervades the cosmos, but established theories cannot explain its existence,” Gardner said. “Presumably unknown interactions are at work, and it would be marvelous if we have finally discovered a piece to that puzzle. At the moment, however, the Hungarian experimental result should be checked, and we hope that it can be tested in the next few years.”


The study has gained attention from news organizations and science blogs around the nation and beyond.


The paper is titled “Particle Physics Models for the 17 MeV Anomaly in Beryllium Nuclear Decays.” In addition to Gardner, the authors includ Feng, Bartosz Fornal, Iftah Galon, Jordan Smolinsky and Tim M.P. Tait, all of University of California, Irvine; and Philip (Flip) Tanedo of the University of California, Riverside. 



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UK Veterinary Diagnostic Lab Director Wins International Prize

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:40

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 29, 2016)  The University of Kentucky’s Craig Carter is a recognized leader in veterinary medicine around the world. Recently the American Veterinary Medical Association presented the 2016 International Veterinary Congress Prize to Carter, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The prize recognizes his international contributions to veterinary health.


“Throughout his career, Dr. Carter has displayed a strong commitment to improving international understanding of veterinary medicine,” said Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president. “He is a service-oriented individual whose contributions to One Health efforts have had far-reaching effects across the globe. I congratulate him on this award, and thank him for his many years of dedication to international veterinary medicine and tireless efforts to improve public health in the United States and around the world.”


“This is a great and exceedingly humbling honor that I accept on behalf of so many contributing to international veterinary medicine,” Carter said.


Carter earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine, a master’s degree in epidemiology and a doctorate of philosophy in veterinary public health from Texas A&M University. UK recruited Carter to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment in 2005 to build an epidemiology program that would provide for the early detection of animal disease outbreaks such as Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. In 2007, he was appointed to his current position as director of UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory where he oversees lab operations, conducts research and works with graduate students.


He also is on faculty at the UK College of Public Health and at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. Carter’s military career spanned four decades, starting with active duty and then reserves in the U.S. Air Force and later in the U.S. Army Reserve, from which he retired as a colonel in 2009.


Upon his retirement, Carter received the Army Medical Reserve Legion of Merit for service throughout his 30-year career as veterinary readiness adviser for the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Command. He also received the Joint Service Commendation Medal for service as senior veterinarian in Task Force Ramadi, Iraq, in 2008. He received the Bronze Star in 2002 for commanding the first U.S. Army veterinary reserve unit deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11.


Carter has been very engaged internationally as a consultant to the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS), the World Organization for Animal Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He recently traveled to Vietnam, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, China, Thailand, Australia, Uruguay, Nicaragua and Ethiopia, where he evaluated diagnostic laboratories, delivered lectures and participated in nation-building activities. In 2009, he participated in a USDA FAS mission to Afghanistan to advise the Afghanistan Ministries of Agriculture and Public Health on strategic planning for veterinary diagnostic laboratories, animal disease monitoring and surveillance and public health. Since 1999 as executive director of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, he has coordinated and helped to plan eight international meetings in various countries to advance the field of diagnostic veterinary medicine around the world.


Earlier this year, Carter took the helm of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society as president for a five-year term.



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VIDEO: UK Solar Car Team Competes at American Solar Challenge

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:40

Video produced by UK Solar Car Team.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) For the first time since 2010, the University of Kentucky Solar Car Team qualified for the American Solar Challenge (ASC) — a competition to design, build and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country event.


The 2016 ASC was an 8-day, 1,975-mile road course traveling through seven states from Brecksville, Ohio, to Hot Springs, South Dakota. Seventeen UK students competed in ASC this summer, and while motor issues eventually ended their journey early, it was an overall success for the team of talented student engineers.


"Seeing the car on the track and on the road is something that really gives all of us a lot of pride, because we get to see all of the hard work that we've put into this car in action," said Senait Nuguse, 2016-2017 team manager. "The fact that we qualified for ASC for the first time since 2010 is an accomplishment in itself, and although things didn't really go as planned, we're all really happy that we got as far as we did."


This year's car featured the team's brand new lithium-ion battery pack.


"Before we had a split battery pack that had lithium phosphate rectangular pouch cells," Nuguse said. "We encountered a few problems with this pack, as it didn't really allow adequate airflow and we would always have heat problems with the batteries."


The new pack is a singular battery pack with cylindrical lithium-ion cells, better airflow and is much lighter than the previous pack. 


Watch the UK Solar Car Team's video above for highlights from the American Solar Challenge. To find out more information about the team, housed in the UK College of Engineering, visit, or follow the team on social media: @UKSolarCar on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.



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Math Professor Receives $225,000 NSF Grant to Address Computational Arithmetic Issues

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 14:17

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) — Qiang Ye, University of Kentucky professor of mathematics in the UK College of Arts and Sciences, has received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and develop new algorithms for solving linear algebra problems that will address accuracy problems in computer arithmetic.


The three-year, $225,000 grant will allow Ye and his team to develop new methods to more accurately compute eigenvalues of large matrices, a computation that has many scientific and engineering applications such as Google search page ranking, structure design, image processing and circuit simulations.


Large-scale computations of this nature are often inherently ill-conditioned, according to Ye, which implies their results may suffer from loss of accuracy caused by round off errors. “The computational accuracy of numerical algorithms are difficult issues that are often overlooked,” Ye said. “By developing algorithms that can maintain accuracy as problem size increases, we improve reliability of these algorithms so that they can be more confidently used by practitioners.”


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LGBTQ* Resources, Work-Life to Host Employee Picnic

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 11:28

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) — The University of Kentucky Office of LGBTQ* Resources and the UK Office of Work-Life will host a LGBTQ* and Friends Employee Picnic beginning 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at The Arboretum (500 Alumni Dr.).


The casual event provides a time for employees to network and learn more about UK Human Resources and the UK Office of LGBTQ* Resources.


“We are excited to co-host this event and plan other activities with the Office of LGBTQ* Resources over the next year. If an employee is new to Lexington or the university, it can be difficult to find community or network outside of your college, department or unit," said Erika Chambers, director of Work-Life. "We hope that events like this help build a sense of community for everyone who attends and connect with colleagues who may be across campus.”


Food will be provided (vegetarian and meat options available) and a jazz band from the UK School of Music will be playing at the event.


Free parking is available at The Arboretum. Attendees may follow signs to the picnic area.



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New Student Installment Payment Plan Now Available

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 09:13

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) — University of Kentucky Student Account Services now offers a new payment plan focused on helping ease the pressure of remitting payments in full due at the beginning of each semester. The new Student Installment Payment Plan (SIPP) allows students and their families to extend tuition payments and other charges over the course of the semester.


The Student Installment Payment Plan offers an option to select three to four payments per semester (fall and spring) with a minimum account balance of $500 or more. Prior term account balances for students must be paid in full before registering for the plan.


"We’re very excited to offer the new installment payment plan and hope our students and their families find it helpful to spread tuition and other charges over the course of the semester," said Susan Krauss, UK treasurer. "Thanks to all the UK staff members involved with development of the new payment plan. It’s been a rewarding project for all involved knowing the potential benefit to our students and families, and we hope they take advantage of the option to pay in installments."


The Student Installment Payment Plan was released on Aug. 15. There are nearly 2,000 enrollments of the program to date.


"With this new installment payment plan, I feel that college is more affordable," said UK student Jackie C.


A non-refundable enrollment fee of $50 for each semester, is non-refundable and must be paid at the time of enrollment. Installment payments are due by the 22nd day of each month of the plan. Any changes to charges or financial aid will be adjusted in the following month installment payment amount. The plan also allows for guest payments to be made.


The plan is available to students by logging into myUK, choosing the tab "Student Services," followed by "Financials." Students can authorize parents and trusted guests to enroll in the plan and make payments on their behalf. The plan is also available on the MyUK mobile application via iPhone or Android.


For more information regarding the plan, visit


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WUKY's 'UK Perspectives' Reflects on Life of UK Official Killed in Flight 5191 Crash

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 17:24

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) — WUKY's "UK Perspectives" focuses on the people and programs of the University of Kentucky and is hosted by WUKY General Manager Tom Godell. Sitting in for Godell this week is WUKY News Director Alan Lytle who talks to Jimmy Henning, associate dean for extension in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.  Henning shares memories of Larry Turner who died in the crash of Comair Flight 5191 10 years ago tomorrow. Turner held the position Henning now has and was on his way to an extension conference when the tragedy occurred.   


To listen to the podcast interview from which "UK Perspectives" is produced, visit


"UK Perspectives" airs at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. each Friday on WUKY 91.3, UK's NPR station.

UK Ag Programs Receive $1.46 Million to Help Revitalize Coal Communities

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:58

LEXINGTON, Ky., (Aug. 26, 2016) — A $1.46 million grant awarded to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will help revitalize the downtowns of economically challenged southeastern Kentucky.


The funds are part of $38.8 million in federal grants awarded to 29 entities as part of an effort by POWER, Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization, to invigorate economic growth and opportunity in regions hit hard by the loss of coal-related jobs. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the U.S. Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced the awards today.


The college’s Community Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK), the Kentucky Small Business Development Center (KSBDC) and the Department of Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and the Kentucky Main Street Program, will use the funds to support comprehensive downtown revitalization efforts in the Kentucky Promise Zone. The zone comprises eight counties that received a 10-year designation by the Obama administration to focus resources and expertise in areas in need of economic growth.


“In our work throughout the Promise Zone for the past two years, it became evident that elected officials wanted to diversify their existing economic development strategies by focusing on existing small businesses and creating a culture for new entrepreneurial activities,” said Alison Davis, CEDIK director. “This downtown revitalization program focuses on just that.”


The groups will focus on several areas for improvement.

  • The First Impressions Program will enlighten communities on the existing strengths and weaknesses of their downtown areas through the eyes of the first-time visitor, which will enable them to develop a vision and plan.
  • A Downtown Mentor program and a Downtown Network will be implemented.
  • Volunteers will survey rural businesses to understand expansion opportunities and identify growth constraints. CEDIK will then analyze the results and suggest actions to invigorate the local economy.
  • CEDIK and KSBDC will provide high-end technical assistance and business resources through Grow Kentucky, Kentucky’s 'economic gardening' program, for eligible businesses within a 10-mile radius of downtown.
  • CEDIK will provide a retail sales and leakage analysis and a consumer profile for each community to identify residents’ shopping behavior.
  • The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky will focus on building capacity for philanthropic giving to promote private investment in the region.


“Our partnership with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is natural,” Davis said. “Both provide absolutely essential expertise and existing relationships that will allow this program to achieve optimal and sustainable outcomes.”


Because increased foot traffic is key to developing a downtown that serves as an economic engine for the community, Jayoung Koo, UK assistant professor in landscape architecture, will work with six communities to create accessible, aesthetically pleasing places within the city center. Arts are also important to revitalization efforts, so CEDIK, though its Art Extension program, will suggest ways to infuse performance and visual arts, learning opportunities, and restorations and activities that reflect the heritage and culture of the community.


In addition, CEDIK recognizes that young people are a vital asset to small downtowns and rural communities.


“We insist that the youth voice be included in community and economic development work,” Davis said. “Their infusion of creativity and hope is essential for these Eastern Kentucky communities to survive and thrive.”


In line with this thinking, a regional and community-level youth task committee will be formed to serve on the Regional Downtown Development project.


Davis and her partners believe that if they are successful in empowering these downtowns, the communities should see an increase in new businesses, the successful recruitment of new firms, and job creation and retention in existing businesses. In addition, new entrepreneurs will be drawn to the area, and the region should see increased visitors and tourism dollars.



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Nathan Wright: UK Grad and Game Inventor

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:18


The original Kickstarter video for Nathan Wright's Game of Energy. 


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) — Nathan Wright has always wanted to go beyond the status quo and create, to pursue ideas and make things that nobody else has made before. Now, putting the best of his recently completed University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics MBA together with the undergraduate degree he earned from the UK College of Engineering, Wright is doing just that. He has developed Game of Energy, a strategic game based on the world energy crisis.


Growing up in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, near Pikeville, Wright spent most of his early life living in the same house located 15 minutes from the main road, a creek with green mountains on one side and houses on the other side of the narrow road. He attended local public schools — John’s Creek Elementary for grades K-8 and Pike County Central High School for grades 9-12.


A big fan of Wildcat sports since he can remember, Wright said, “My entire room was painted and decorated in a UK theme.”


Yet that is not what sold him on choosing UK as the place to pursue his college education.


“I did a tour of the engineering college and the rest of campus and it was magnificent,” Wright said. “It also didn’t hurt that I received a bit of VIP treatment from UK staff after they learned I had a 35 (out of a perfect 36) on my ACT.”


Wright had attained a "superscore" of 36 (combining best results from several test attempts) and was being recruited by the likes of Massachusetts Insitute of Techonology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a number of other universities with nationally ranked engineering programs.


“Yet UK just felt right and was where I needed to be,” Wright said.


After seriously considering several engineering disciplines during his first couple of semesters at the university, Wright wound up majoring in mechanical engineering while also earning certification in aerospace engineering.


“During my time at UK, I was instructed by many great professors,” Wright said. “But the one who stands out is Alexandre Martin. His fluid mechanics class did more than teach me the required subject matter, but also to think differently and truly understand how calculus can be used as a practical tool to solve real-life problems. With Dr. Martin, instead of calculus being the usual ‘undergraduate annoyance’ that many students approach it with, I was energized.”


Wright began visiting Martin’s office regularly, discussing research and getting to know this faculty member better.


“This finally culminated in us co-writing a proposal for a NASA grant to design and build a prototype for a new satellite design at the University of Kentucky, called KRUPS (Kentucky Reentry Universal Payload System),” Wright said. “I was responsible for forming the team and overseeing the project as an undergraduate. The design has evolved over the years as other student teams have assumed the reins, but I have remained active with the project. KRUPS is currently set to be launched on its first mission in the summer of 2018.”


While possessing this impressive engineering acumen and experience, Wright also had an eye for business.


“I had started my own business in May 2012 in order to pursue high-risk projects beyond the co-op experiences typically chosen by students in engineering,” Wright said. “I set out to invent, patent and license products in a variety of fields. While a couple of these ventures showed promise for future development, I realized that I needed a better, more formal foundation in the ways of business. Besides, having an MBA would open doors for me with a unique combination of technical expertise from my engineering degree, plus the understanding of a manager’s point of view when dealing with projects at an engineering firm.”


Intrigued by the Gatton College’s strong reputation in supply chain management, Wright enrolled in the college’s two-year MBA program.


“It just made sense to do it at Gatton, especially since I was already so familiar with the University of Kentucky, a place that I loved.”


Describing himself as “a gamer of both tabletop and video games for pretty much my entire life,” Wright said it was a conversation with his father, David, that led him to the "Game of Energy" idea.


“My dad was dealing a lot in the energy market at the time, managing several surface mines in Eastern Kentucky while also watching the stock market. One day, he started asking questions of me about the various energy industries of the world, and thanks to classes I had taken at UK and some additional research I had done, I was able to provide some thoughtful answers to him,” Wright said. “Dad said, ‘this is really interesting stuff. There needs to be a way to bring this to the masses.’ I was thinking like a book, or a blog, but instead my father said, ‘a board game.’ And it simply clicked in my mind.”


Making the game come to life, making it fun and easily accessible to all was Wright’s new challenge — how to address each sector of the energy industry in an unbiased pros vs. cons manner that would help shed light on such a hot topic — Wright set out to meet the need.


Wright’s mother, Tammy, also loved the idea and encouraged her son to "go for it."


“My parents’ support, not just emotionally, but also financially, has been vital in making this entry into the tabletop gaming industry,” Wright said. “And having run this journey as a family has allowed us all to learn together and become even closer. In fact, the three of us have spent many a night playtesting the game together.”


Game of Energy is designed as a highly thematic strategy game of medium-to-light complexity. The primary methods of play are placing different sized tiles to control space on the board and managing resources. It involves one to four players and usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes.


All modern, widespread technologies are represented in Game of Energy:

· biofuel

· fossil fuel

· hydroelectric

· nuclear

· solar

· wind


As of this date, the game is still in the crowdfunding phase of the venture with the deadline to reach the goal of $15,745 coming up at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Aug. 30. The fundraising campaign is live on Kickstarter and anyone wishing to participate can do so by visiting and following the links.


Wright also is actively monitoring his social media accounts:

· Facebook:

· Twitter: @energy_game

· Instagram: game_of_energy


In addition to families playing Game of Energy at home together, there appears to be a strong potential market for educators to employ the game in their classrooms to help teach lessons about how best to meet the growing energy needs of the world.


“There has been a lot of interest by educators at various grade levels — from as young as fourth grade to as old as high school and college,” Wright said. “I think the youngest person we’ve had to play the game is 9 years old. Even though our initial recommendation is for ages 14 and up, the numbers used in Game of Energy are either based on five’s or 25’s, so the math being utilized is relatively easy to understand.”


Just in case you are thinking that 2016 is not the right time to develop and release a new board game, think again.


“Several recent national surveys indicate that board games are enjoying a renaissance,” Wright said. “While electronically based games dominate the overall commercial market, studies show that board games’ share of that market is up to around 11 percent from 8 percent a few years ago.”


While working hard to launch Game of Energy, Wright also is very close to accepting a professional position where he would be working in aerospace engineering. He is very proud to call himself an alumnus of UK.


“This university has given so much to me and so many other people,” Wright said. “And you better believe I will be recommending my future children attend this gem of the Bluegrass.”



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UK Art Museum Opens Citywide Retrospective on Artist Louis Zoellar Bickett

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 15:03


Interview with artist Louis Zoellar Bickett by Creative Lexington.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) The University of Kentucky Art Museum will kick off a citywide retrospective of the work of celebrated Lexington-based artist Louis Zoellar Bickett. Since 1972, Bickett has maintained a rigorous practice of collecting and cataloging items from his daily life to form a vast archive of found, gifted, purchased and made objects. The free public survey exhibition, "Louis Zoellar Bickett: Saving Myself," will open this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 27, and run through Sunday, Nov. 27.


In "Saving Myself," the UK Art Museum brings together several specific projects that are part of what Bickett calls "The Archive," his vast and detailed accumulation of photographs, receipts, articles of clothing, books, toys, furniture and bodily fluids. All have been preserved and placed throughout his home/studio.


The exhibition affords viewers a chance to examine some of the artist’s most consistent subjects — religion, sexuality, family, friendship and history — both personal and cultural. Soil collected from Civil War battlefields and notorious gravesites are sealed in glass jars. Portraits of the artist holding some of his favorite books or wearing his collection of hats show a hyper-aware performer channeling his inner Buster Keaton. Postcards obtained by Bickett at faraway locales are modified and mailed to himself at home, revealing his Dadaesque spirit. Annotated objects and haiku poems are seen throughout the galleries, attesting to his love of language and assessing the importance of experiences and objects. As the artist states, “Life is a meaningless series of events that lead to the grave. The charge of civilization is to live as if that was not true.”


UK Art Museum Director Stuart Horodner comments, "This is a thrilling moment in the history of visual art in the Commonwealth. Louis Bickett has been making rigorously conceptual and emotionally rich work in our midst for decades, and this is a unique opportunity for audiences to encounter the scope of his creative activities. I believe visitors to these exhibitions will come away understanding something profound about paying attention to one’s life with humor, generosity and grace.”


“Saving Myself” is part of a citywide focus on Bickett’s art taking place throughout the fall at several venues. The other free public Bickett exhibits and installations are as follows:  

· “What You Don’t Surrender the World Strips Away,” Sept. 9-April15, 2017, at 21c Museum Hotel;

· “Selections from the Art Collection,” Oct. 27-Nov. 26, at Institute 193;

· “All We Ever Wanted,” Oct. 28-Nov. 27, at Lexington Art League; and

· “The Kentucky Dirt Project: 120 Counties,” a permanent installation at the new Chandler Dining located in UK A.B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.


Bickett has exhibited in galleries and museums, including Institute 193 and the Lexington Art League in Lexington; the Speed Art Museum, Hite Art Institute at the University of Louisville, and Zephyr Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky; and Galerie Eugen Lendl in Graz, Austria.


The mission of the UK Art Museum, part of the UK College of Fine Arts, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art to enhance the quality of life for people of Kentucky through collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting outstanding works of visual art from all cultures. Home to a collection of more than 4,800 objects including American and European paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculpture, the UK Art Museum presents both special exhibitions and shows of work from its permanent collection.


The UK Art Museum, located in the Singletary Center for the Arts at Rose Street and Euclid Avenue, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. For more information on membership, contact Lyndi VanDeursen at 859-257-8164 or



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UK Named One of "Top Hospitals with Great Oncology Programs" by Becker's Hospital Review

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:19
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 26, 2016) – The University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital is one of the nation’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs” in Becker’s Hospital Review magazine's recently released compilation of leading cancer care providers in the United States. The UK Markey Cancer Center, whose clinical programs are integrated with UK Chandler Hospital, received a National Cancer Institute cancer center designation in July 2013. According to the health care industry trade publication, organizations included on the 2016 list are “leading the way in terms of clinical expertise, patient outcomes and influential cancer research.” In choosing UK as a top oncology program, Becker’s noted Markey's NCI designation; its status as a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers; and its role in caring for the patients of central Appalachia, one of the most economically disadvantaged and medically underserved regions in the U.S. Additionally, Becker's noted that Markey is one of just a few institutions across the country offering multidisciplinary care through Clinical Care and Research Teams. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on rankings and awards they have received from a variety of reputable sources. The following awards were considered as part of the criteria for inclusion on the list: U.S. News & World Report cancer rankings, CareChex cancer care rankings, National Cancer Institute designations, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer accreditations, and Blue Distinction Center recognition from the BlueCross BlueShield Association. Media Contact: Kristi Lopez,

Low Back Pain Sufferers Experience Relief With UK Researcher's New Treatment

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 10:59

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 29, 2016) Millions of Americans suffering from low back pain could soon have a quick, cost-effective and permanent solution for the debilitating ailment. The solution, an injectable liquid called Réjuve, was pioneered by University of Kentucky researcher Tom Hedman and has received promising early results from a recent clinical study.


Réjuve, a product of Intralink-Spine Inc. and the focus of Hedman's research at UK, is an injectable orthopaedic device that mechanically strengthens the spinal disc and stabilizes the spinal joint. A key to Réjuve's effectiveness is the device's ability to promote crosslinking of fibrous proteins including collagen, which rejuvenates the spinal disk area.


According to an Intralink-Spine news release, one patient reported that he played 18 holes of golf three days after the Réjuve procedure and another climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge a few days post procedure.


"This treatment addresses the core deficiencies that contribute to low back pain, rather than just temporarily masking the pain like existing approaches," said Hedman, who is an adjunct associate professor in the F. Joseph Halcomb III M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering and chief scientific officer at Intralink-Spine. "Secondly, the benefit is almost immediate. Within days these patients are returning to work and strenuous activities with a dramatic reduction in pain."


Hedman also said both the cost of Réjuve and the 15-20-minute image-guided delivery procedure are considerably less than current and emerging treatments. 


"This is obviously extremely important as we see health care costs exploding in this country and abroad," he said.


The company is hopeful that patients will experience permanent low back pain relief with just one or two Réjuve injections. Currently, many low back pain sufferers receive numerous epidural steroid injections each year.


Hedman joined the UK faculty in 2010 and brought Intralink-Spine to UK's Coldstream Research Campus. He credits biomedical engineering faculty for providing collegial support and advice as Intralink-Spine has translated technology from the lab to the clinic. Additionally, the UK College of Engineering and College of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and the Commonwealth of Kentucky provided a portion of the financial support needed to complete the preclinical testing of Réjuve. 


"The excitement of seeing technology that you've tested and developed for over 18 years, at long last, reach the clinical stage of testing is indescribable," Hedman said. "Health sciences researchers like myself choose this profession with the desire to see our life's work benefit others. It's still very early, but every one of our patients thus far are happy with the results of the treatment."


Hedman and the company are now planning a larger multisite clinical study. 



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