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UK's New Institute for Biomedical Informatics Advances Data-Enabled Discovery

Posted: 2/20/2017

In the modern era of electronic medical records and increasingly sophisticated care, one of the greatest opportunities for health innovation and medical discoveries lies not in a lab or a clinic, but in data.

The progressively routine acquisition of many types of data in health care has created numerous opportunities, as well as challenges, in the analysis and interpretation of this data. The emerging academic discipline of data science — which covers the entire lifecycle of data collection, curation, annotation, provenance, integration, exploration, sharing, secondary use and bioinformatics analytics — has the potential to enable great advances in health care and medical knowledge.

At the University of Kentucky, the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI) is leading the effort to translate big data into actionable information and leverage the latest technologies to advance biomedical sciences. A campuswide center for data-intensive, interdisciplinary research, IBI promotes translational team science, leads informatics and data science training programs, shares research and data infrastructure and enables technology innovation.

UK is distinctly positioned in this capacity because of its large health data repository housed in the UK Center for... FULL STORY


Nearly 1,000 Attend UK Center for Clinical and Translational

Posted: 5/6/2016
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. This multidisciplinary conference focused on personalized health and featured programs... FULL STORY

Ramakanth Kavuluru, PhD, selected for funding by NLM to improve

Posted: 4/29/2016
Computational approaches that mine large amounts of free text to extract relational information and support applications such as information retrieval and literature based discovery, have gained popularity recently. Most of these tend to focus on specific areas in biomedicine, for example gene-gene interactions or disease-treatment relations. The... FULL STORY
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Jin Chen, Ph.D., to join the Division of Biomedical Informatics

Posted: 4/14/2016
Jin Chen, Ph.D., will join the Division of Biomedical Informatics on July 1st, 2016. During his research career, Dr. Chen focuses on developing data mining and computer vision algorithms to address basic biological problems including phenotype data analysis, phenotype-genotype association, gene regulatory module identification, and data-driven ontology construction. Previously, Dr. Chen was Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and Postdoc Research Associate at Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University. Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore School of Computing in 2007. He has published more than 50 papers in... FULL STORY

Dr. Jim Cimino speaks at UK Medical Center

Posted: 2/29/2016 - Tags: electronic health records, bimedical informatics, informatics
Dr. Jim Cimino, the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), presented "How Do We Fix the Electronic Health Record?" on Thursday, February 25.  Dr. Cimino's presentation was sponsored by the Institute of Biomedical Informatcs, the Center for Clinical andTranslational Science, and the College of Medicine. Dr. Cimino lead the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center and was a senior scientist at the National Library of Medicine until his recent appointment to the UAB institute. Dr. Cimino provided a brief history of Electronic Health... FULL STORY

New Institute of Biomedical Informatics

Posted: 9/8/2015
A new Institute of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Kentucky will integrate and leverage large data systems across the academic and medical enterprise to improve patient care, research and education. GQ Zhang, Ph.D., will join UK Aug. 1 as director of the institute. He will also serve as chief of the newly established biomedical informatics division in the UK College of Medicine and co-director of the biomedical informatics core of the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The establishment of the institute and recruitment of Zhang and his research team reflect an enhanced investment in biomedical informatics across the UK campus... FULL STORY

Silent Auction Benefits Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic in Ecuador

Posted: 4/2/2014 - Tags: Medical Education, Auction
The University of Kentucky Chapter of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) will host the 10th annual Art of Healing silent auction on Wednesday, April 2. The auction will be held in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BBSRB) atrium from noon to 5 p.m. Winning bidders may pick up their art from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The auction items feature the handiwork of local and international artists and current students, including pottery, paintings, wood carvings, and accessories. Proceeds from the art auction benefit the Shoulder to Shoulder clinic in Ecuador. Shoulder to Shoulder, an initiative supported by many of the... FULL STORY

Bastos-Carvalho Receives Bayer Grant

Posted: 1/13/2014 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, 490
Ana Bastos-Carvalho, a visiting scholar in the Ambati research group in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Global Ophthalmology Research Award from Bayer HealthCare for her research, "Mechanisms of geographic atrophy expansion in age-related macular degeneration." “We are studying age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the disease responsible for most cases of legal blindness in the American elderly population”, Bastos-Carvalho said. “The project awarded by Bayer focuses on unraveling how AMD progresses, which will hopefully... FULL STORY

Creating a Culture of Collaboration for Research at UK and Beyond

Posted: 1/10/2014 - Tags: CCTS, 490, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
There's a proverb in the business world that says, "If you don’t know, hire someone who does." In the world of translational research, the saying might go like something this: "If you don't have the expertise or resources, collaborate with someone who does." The nature of translational science -- the process of turning a basic science discovery into applications for human patients -- is inherently multidimensional. Moving from the "bench to bedside" is a process that runs the gamut of biomedical research, incorporating laboratory and animal studies, clinical trials, drug and device development, regulatory issues, grant writing and more. Each step requires... FULL STORY

UK's Arts In Healthcare Program Announces Holiday Programming

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: Arts in Healthcare
Everyone wants to be home for the holidays. Unfortunately, hospital patients don't have that luxury. For those who are unable to enjoy the comforts of a holiday at home, the UK Arts in Healthcare program has scheduled a series of events to help bring the holidays to the hospital. Carolers, pianists, harpists and more will bring holiday cheer to patients, visitors and staff in December. Of particular note: UK HealthCare's own Dr. Jay Zwischenberger will be performing at 1 p.m., Dec. 12, in the Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from Deep Springs Elementary School will be performing at noon, Dec.13, Pavilion A of UK Chandler Hospital. Carolers from the... FULL STORY

Alzheimer’s Disease Trial at UK is First of its Kind Worldwide

Posted: 12/2/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Alzheimer's research
A new clinical trial being conducted at the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (SBCoA) and the UK Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) may signal new hope in the future for those who might be afflicted with the devastating disease. Taking laboratory research pioneered at SBCoA and the associated UK ADC into human trials, the federally-funded research project will examine the therapeutic potential of microRNAs to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease.Led by physician-scientist Dr. Gregory Jicha, and building off of the work of fellow SBCoA physician-scientist Dr. Peter Nelson, the project, formally titled “Modulation of micro-RNA pathways by... FULL STORY

Dr. Ronan Tynan to Speak, Perform at Sanders-Brown Dinner Nov. 11

Posted: 11/5/2013 - Tags: UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, 490, Invited Speaker Seminar
Singer, physician, athlete and inspirational speaker Dr. Ronan Tynan is no stranger to adversity. When Tynan was 20, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete. Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed 18 gold medals and 14 world records, of which he still holds nine. Trained as a physician, Tynan began his remarkable singing career through formal music study at the age of 33, achieving great success as a member of the famed Irish Tenors prior to... FULL STORY

Ambati Receives Junius-Kuhnt Award

Posted: 11/1/2013 - Tags: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, received the Junius-Kuhnt Award from the University of Bonn in Hamburg, Germany, for his group's outstanding work and commitment to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) research. The Junius-Kuhnt Award honors physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the study and treatment of AMD, and has been awarded annually since 2007 at “Makula Update,” an annual congress of German retina specialists. This award is named after the German ophthalmologists Paul Junius and Kuhnt Hermann who, at... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Named ‘Rising Star’ Hospital by University HealthSystem

Posted: 10/18/2013 - Tags: UK HealthCare, Clinical
University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading nonprofit academic medical centers, has named UK HealthCare among the 2013 recipients of the Rising Star Award during the UHC Annual Conference 2013 in Atlanta. The award recognizes significant improvements in ranking in UHC’s annual Quality and Accountability Study, which identifies exemplary performance in patient safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, and equity of care. UK HealthCare has not only shown improvement from previous years, it has the highest jump in rankings in UHC’s history with a Quality and Accountability Ranking of 12th among the nation's 118 academic medical... FULL STORY

Clinical Education Research Day Highlights Research Activities,

Posted: 10/16/2013 - Tags: Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Clinical
The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science will host the 2nd Annual UK Clinical Research Education Day on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UK Chandler Hospital, Pavilion H North Lobby (outside of the administration offices). The free, public event will feature a variety of informational tables for patients, students, faculty, staff and visitors to learn about clinical research activities and opportunities at UK. Several departments and centers will showcase their clinical research activities, including the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS); the departments of psychology, behavioral science, pediatrics, and... FULL STORY