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2010 Summer Newsletter in PDF format.

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2014

AOA Research Day UKnow

Dr. Brandon Fornwalt- among 14 researchers in the US to receive NIH Award.

Benjamin Fowler - Presenting his research at the Association of 
University Professors of Opthamology (AUPO) and
Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) conference

Eseosa Ighodaro - NIH pre-doctoral training grant (T32): Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Brain Aging, University of  Kentucky, September 2013 – September 2014

Edita Klimyte APSA Institutional Travel Award

Evan Lynch - Co-Author of "Changes in Muscle Fiber Function and Architecture in Patients with Chronic Rotator Cuff Tears" which received the 2014 Charles S. Neer award in the Basic Science Category

Jason Meyer - Alpha Omega Alpha Executive Member 

 2013

UK Healthcare Annual Report

Lucas Broster - won a travel award to the OHBM (the Organization for Human Brain Mapping)

Jeremy Johnson - Goldwater Scholar

Edita Klimyte - Saha Cardiovascular Research Award

Jacqueline Kulbe -  Highest Academic Performance in Behavioral Basis of Medicine ICM Portfolio Award
from the University of Kentucky Jacqueline Kulbe

Jason Meyer - 4th place, Gill Heart Graduate Student Poster 

Graduates 

Zachary Fulkerson, MD PhD Residents, Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Recipient of the Medical Student Research Award

Carmen Kiper, MD PhD, Residents, Pediatrics/Cardiology, University of Louisville SOM-KY

Caitlin Latimer, MD PhD, Residents, Anatomic Pathology, University of Washington Affil Hospitals.
The Outstanding Medical Student in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Award was presented by Dr. Sara Salles.The Pathology’s Physician’s Physician Award.

Scott Silva, MD PhD, Residents, Surgery-Preliminary/ Radiation-Oncology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center- TN
Loyola University Medical Center- IL

Christopher Simmons, MD PhD, Residents, Medicine-Pediatrics University of Kentucky.
The Outstanding Scholarship and Humanism in Internal Medicine Award was presented by Andrew Hoellein, MD

 2012

 Benjamin Fowler - Received the Trans YTF travel grant for his poster presentation at the FEBS workshop on "Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms in Angigenesis" in Capri, Italy, Oct. 14-17, 2012

Jeremy Johnson - Goldwater Scholar

Jason Meyer - 1st place, SELRC Graduate Student Poster, 2nd place, UK Biochemistry Graduate Student Poster, Saha Award for Cardiovascular Research and Education, 1st place, Gill Heart Graduate Student Poster

Saha Cardiovascular Award Winners Announced

Abdel Salous - Alpha Omega Alpha junior member 

 2011

Dr. Susan Smyth-named Chief of Cardiovascular medicine at UK.

Caitlin Latimer – a 3rd year graduate student in the MD/PhD program.  Was awarded a pre-doctorial T32 training grant for ”The Cellular and Molecular Basis of Brain Aging”.  Her Mentor is Dr. Nada Porter in the Dept. of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology. Caitlin was also featured in UK's Healthcare On-call in the article: Mentoring Tomorrow's Physician-Scientists, and was a runner up in the Disney Half-Marathon.

 

Nature Medicine, which has published some 3,000 articles since its inception, has chosen Romulo Albuquerque’s article entitled “Alternatively spliced vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 is an essential endogenous inhibitor of lymphatic vessel growth” as one of its 30 “Classic Articles”:

http://www.nature.com/nm/classics/index.html

Zachary Fulkerson, a third-year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, published “Structural basis of substrate discrimination and integrin binding by autotaxin” in Nature. 

Romulo Albuquerque, Ph.D., a fourth-year medical student in the M.D./Ph.D. Program, and other contributors, were recognized by Nature Medicine, which has published some 3,000 articles since its inception, by choosing the 2009 article entitled “Alternatively spliced vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 is an essential endogenous inhibitor of lymphatic vessel growth” as one of its 30 “Classic Articles.”

Scott Silva, a fourth year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program was the first author on a publication entitled: “The Effect of PTEN on Serotonin Synthesis and Secretion from the Carcinoid Cell Line BON.” published in Anticancer Research, 31: 1153-1160, April 2011.

Christopher R. Simmons, a third year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, has an article in press in Molecular Degenerationentitled “Rheumatoid arthritis-associated polymorhpisms are not protective against Alzheimer’s disease.”

Jason Meyer, a second year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, published “Scavenger receptor SR-BI in macrophage lipid metabolism" in Atherosclerosis, 2011 Apr8.

Andre Chang, a third year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, has been awarded a $500 student travel grant to attend the 2011 American Society for Virology 30th annual meeting at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, July 16th to 20th to present his abstract.

2010

Students in the M.D./Ph.D. Program Continue to Excel

Throughout 2010, students in the M.D./Ph.D. program have been published in a combined total of 52 publications, including six manuscripts and 11 meeting abstracts. Additionally, ten students in the program have received extramurally-funded grants. The three most recent student publications include:

 

 Jason Meyer, a secondyear graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, published “Contribution of Surface Localization to Platelet Activation by CD154 Antibodies and Introduction of a Novel Approach for Studying Immune Complex Activity,” in Thrombosis Research.

— Jim Butler, Ph.D., a fourth-year medical student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, published "Sex Specific Parent-of-Origin Allelic Expression in the Mouse Brain" in Science. Please note: This article was the highest-ranked article in neuroscience and related areas in the past 30 days for the Faculty of 1000 evaluations (http:// f1000.com/4979957).

 

— Scott Silva, a fourth-year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, along with other contributors, published “VEGFR-2 expression in carcinoid cancer cells and its role in tumor growth and metastasis,” in International Journal of Cancer.

Originally published in the Dean's Newsletter
October 2010 - News of Note (page 5)

 

Research Award Highlights

Zachary Fulkerson, a thirdyear graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, was awarded an F30 predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. trainee award for “Regulation of Lysolipid Signaling by Autotaxin Integrin Interactions on Platelets.” This award is designed to facilitate training in both research and clinical practice and will support him throughout the remainder of graduate school and medical school.

"I am fortunate to have mentors who push me to not only publish but to obtain my own funding,” he said. “Going through the process of writing and submitting this proposal has provided me with immeasurable benefits I will carry with me throughout my career."

 

Abdel Salous, a third-year graduate student in the M.D./ Ph.D. program, was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Great Rivers affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) to investigate the "Role of Lipid Phosphate Phosphatases in Vascular Metabolism and Signaling of Bioactive Lipid Phosphates."

"I am fortunate to be a recipient of this highly competitive pre-doctoral award to investigate understudied yet clinically relevant basic science questions related to cardiovascular disease,” he said. “I consider this award a testament to the commitment of the College of Medicine Dean’s Office, the M.D./ Ph.D. Program, and my research mentors, Dr. Andrew Morris and Dr. Susan Smyth, to create an educational environment conducive to the training of future physician-scientists."

Originally published in the Dean's Newsletter
August 2010 - Research Award Highlights (page 4)

Mellani Lefta, a third-year graduate student in the M.D./ Ph.D. program, was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for "Contribution of the circadian clock gene, Bmal1, in the development of dilated cardiomyopathy."

"I would like to thank my mentor, Dr. Karyn Esser, for her guidance and the MD/PhD program for their continuous support."

 

Zachary Fulkerson Serves as GRS Conference Chair
The Hemostasis Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar
held in conjunction with the Hemostasis Gordon Research Conference
July 24-25, 2010
Waterville Valley, NH

Andres Chang Awarded Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Andres Chang, a second year graduate student in the M.D./Ph.D. program, was recently awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship for “Role of Endocytosis and Intracellular Trafficking on Human Metapneumovirus Fusion and Entry.” This pre-doctoral fellowship was awarded by the Great Rivers Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) ...Read more

Originally published in the Dean's Newsletter
June 2010 - News of Note (page 6) 

 2009

Romulo Albuquerque Featured in Article: Albeuquerque MD PhD
MD, PhD, MPH, MBA –
What's With All These Letters?

Eight years after completing a doctor of dental surgery degree, Romulo Albuquerque is looking to add two more degrees to his title – a doctor of medicine and a doctor of philosophy. A graduate of the University of Pernambuco-Brazil, Albuquerque is one of 20 current students pursuing a combined degree in the UK College of Medicine MD/PhD program... Read more

Originally published in UK Medicine
Winter 2009 (page 4 of PDF)