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The University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Research Institute (SMRI) received a $4 million research contract from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and Office of Naval Research to expand research focused on determining optimal physical and mental fitness among elite U.S. military members.

For the last three years, the SMRI has worked with the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) human performance program at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to study injury prevention and create new ways to optimize physical performance in its personnel.

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Dr. Charlotte Peterson, Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor, received the prestigious Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research.

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Kirby Mayer, from Somerset, Kentucky, says the first time he saw a physical therapist was when one treated his grandmother. That’s when he decided to pursue PT, but he admits research wasn't at the top of his mind when he graduated from the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health in 2014. 

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While working as a physical therapist, Brian Noehren was frustrated by the lack of robust clinical evidence to support the interventions used in the clinic. He had ideas about what could be done differently, but he didn't have the research training to explore them.

"I wanted to come up with better strategies to address injuries that are so vexing and challenging to treat," he said.

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The 11th Annual Spring Conference of the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) drew nearly 1,000 researchers, students, community members, and institutional partners to the Lexington Convention Center on Thursday, April 21. Personalized health was the focus of the multidisciplinary conference, which was held in conjunction with the College of Health Sciences Research Day​. You can now see all of the photos from the conference on the CCTS Facebook album 2016 CCTS Spring Conference.

 

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Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias.

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Zachary Johnson, a research assistant in the Human Performance Lab in the College of Health Sciences, is profiled on LabTV, a website with videos of young medical researchers from around the country. He tells his story to UK's "reveal: research media."

Watch the full interview and hear his story here

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A recording-breaking 88 University of Kentucky undergraduates have been selected to present their research projects at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Students will have a chance to share their research findings through poster and oral presentations, illuminating how their work will have an impact on future research development.

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The University of Kentucky and University of Alabama at Birmingham are partners on a $2.9 million, five-year National Institute on Aging clinical study to explore how Metformin may benefit older adults who do not respond well to exercise. 

Metformin, a generic drug and the most widely prescribed drug for type 2 diabetes, may be a low-cost, personalized approach to prevent frailty in the elderly by improving their muscle growth response.

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Scott. M. Lephart, Ph.D., dean of the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, and colleagues have received a $4,188,000 grant from the Department of Defense to support research on injury prevention and performance optimization in U.S. Special Forces. The award, the largest ever received by the College of Health Sciences, coincides with the establishment of the new UK Sports Science Research Institute (SSRI).

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