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UK Students Awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Pharmaceutics for 2019

Julie Calahan and Matt Defrese have been awarded Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Pharmaceutics for 2019. This award provides a stipend of $20,000 per year for up to two years. The PhRMA Foundation funds scientists at critical points in their research careers to support and reward innovation in disciplines essential to the development of safe and effective medicines.

Graduate Student Claims First-Place at American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics Meeting

Reiya Hayden, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Markos Leggas, received the first-place award for her poster presentation at the annual American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics meeting on April 7, 2019. The title of her poster was “Mithramycin analogues disrupt ETS transcription factor DNA binding.”

College Announces Graduate Program Communications Advisory Board

In an effort to better serve our graduate students and alumni, the UK College of Pharmacy (UKCOP) has partnered with alumni to establish a Communications Advisory Board for the graduate research program. The alumni-run Advisory Board was created in spring 2019 to assist the College in its outreach efforts to students and alumni of the PhD program. This group will serve as a liaison to the College of Pharmacy, helping to enhance their communication efforts and providing critical feedback on alumni needs.

College Creates Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center; Names Subramanian Director

The University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy has created a new Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Center, recruiting Vivekanandan Subramanian, PhD to serve as the Center’s inaugural director. NMR instruments are large magnets, similar to clinical MRI scanners, that allow researchers to measure the structure of small molecules and peptides.  

Kentucky Pharmacists’ Collaboration Helps Secure $87 Million HEAL Grant

The opioid epidemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and devastated millions more. This problem has engaged the passion, knowledge, and persistence of researchers and health care providers who work on a daily basis to help people with opioid use disorder. 

Kentucky Team Dedicated to Substance Use Disorder Research to Speak at Rx Summit

A group of individuals from the University of Kentucky (UK) is part of a new team dedicated to substance use disorder research at the university. These researchers combined their years of expertise to ensure UK takes a holistic approach when addressing substance use disorder in the Commonwealth. Recently, select members of this team have been invited to present at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA and will be presenting their findings later this month.

A Closer Look at Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Epilepsy

New findings from the University of Kentucky published in the Journal of Neuroscience demonstrate that there may be ways to address blood-brain barrier dysfunction in epilepsy.

New Study Looks at Effects of Binge Drinking

The UK College of Pharmacy Research Publication Highlight for November of 2017 was published in Alcohol and is titled “Increased expression of M1 and M2 phenotypic markers in isolated microglia after four-day binge alcohol exposure in male rats” The project was led by Dr. Hui Peng, an Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the laboratory of Dr. Kimberly Nixon, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences.  Graduate students Chelsea Geil and Kevin Chen as well as postdoctoral fellow, Justin McClain, each in the Nixon laboratory contributed to the project.

Getting in the Way of Cancer—Cell Signaling Interaction May Prevent Key Step November 06, 2017

New findings from University of Kentucky faculty published in Scientific Reportsreveals a novel cell signaling interaction that may prevent a key step in cancer progression. Kentucky continues to lead the nation in incidence and death rates from lung cancer, and the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy is committed to reducing these numbers.

Detection Systems for Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

The UK College of Pharmacy Research Publication Highlight for October of 2017 was published in Pharmaceutical Research and is titled “Development of Halofluorochromic Polymer Nanoassemblies for the Potential Detection of Liver Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Tumors Using Experimental and Computational Approaches.”

We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.