The University of Kentucky hosted the Kentucky Summit on Childhood Obesity and Physical Activity on July 30, 2014. The Summit, which involved the UK Colleges of Education, Public Health, and Agriculture, focused on the relationship between childhood health - in particular, nutrition and physical activity - and academic success.
Biostatistics Professor, David Fardo, and his colleague, Dr. Peter T. Nelson of the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA), received the 2014 Asao Hirano Prize for best paper on neurodegenerative disease. The award, given by the American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), was presented to Dr. Fardo and Dr. Nelson at the Association's annual conference in Portland, Oregon, in June.
Alumnus, Lazarus Eze, MPH, is bringing public health programming to the air waves of Nigeria with a new radio program in the capital city of Abuja.
UK College of Public Health faculty member, Douglas Scutchfield, MD, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health for a three-year term.
UK College of Public Health Alumna, Georgia Heise, DrPH, began her term as President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) at the organization's annual meeting this month. Dr. Heise, who received her DrPH from the UK College of Public Health, is Director of Three Rivers Health District Health Department in Owenton, Kentucky. Additionally, UK alumna, Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, who is a Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, will serve as President-Elect.
UK College of Public Health Professor and Director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services & Systems Research, Glen Mays, speaks on Capitol Hill concerning changes in the delivery and financing of public health services across the country.
The University of Kentucky Rural Cancer Prevention Center (RCPC), housed at the College of Public Health, has received $3.75 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote colorectal cancer screening in Central Appalachia. The UK RCPC is one of just 26 CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers (PRC) in the country, and the only one focused on developing and disseminating strategies for rural cancer prevention.
UK HealthCare and Norton Healthcare are building upon their history of collaboration to expand research and educational collaborations between the two institutions, with the goal of improving health and health care for all Kentuckians.
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH, pronounced "birch"), a mentored career development program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports junior investigators with training and protected research time to overcome challenges and excel early in their careers, while simultaneously advancing an area of research priority: women's health and sex differences.
The University of Kentucky has received a $12.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work to better understand and minimize negative health and environmental impacts from hazardous waste sites.