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A team from UK’s KNI is running to help preemies.

Runners race down a paved road.
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/ by UK HealthCare

You can help, too.

Each October, a team of doctors, nurses and staff from Kentucky Neuroscience Institute run The Bourbon Chase, a 200-mile relay that takes runners on a journey through horse country and the state’s historical bourbon distilleries.

This year the KNI team, the Neurotransmitters, is dedicating its race to supporting research focused on neonatal intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), a condition experienced by preterm babies that can impair brain development. Preterm birth affects around one out of every 10 infants born in the United States, but unfortunately, Kentucky’s rate of preterm birth is above the national average and ranks 38th in the country.

KNI is using new techniques to study the consequences of neonatal IVH and trialing new therapies to reduce inflammation and injury in the developing brain. KNI collaborates with researchers at the UK Spinal Cord & Brian Injury Research Center and the Center for Advanced Translational Stroke Science along with neonatologists in the Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor NICU at KCH to improve the care of children with brain injuries.

Join the cause! There are two ways to donate:

  1. Check

Make out checks to University of Kentucky with “Bourbon Chase 2018” in the subject line. Mail to:

UKHC Office of Philanthropy
PO Box 34184
Lexington, KY 40588

  1. Credit card

You can call the UK HealthCare Office of Philanthropy at 859-323-5374 or visit us online to support the Bourbon Chase fund.

If you donate, be sure to include your email address. Before the race, we’ll send you a link so that you can track our run live. You can also follow us on Twitter at @UKYneuroscience for live updates from the race.

For questions about donating, contact 859-323-5374.

For questions about our race effort and/or research, contact BrandonMiller@uky.edu and jfr235@uky.edu.


Next steps:

  • Meet Dr. Brandon Miller, a pediatric neurosurgeon at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. Watch our video interview with him where he explains how he became interested in neurosurgery and his patient-care philosophy.
  • Learn more about the child neurology program at the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute. In addition to the team of experts at Albert B. Chandler Hospital and Kentucky Children’s Hospital, specialists visit clinics throughout the Appalachian counties of Eastern Kentucky.

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