Student, Lincoln Shade, motivated by family to pursue degrees in medicine and public health
May 20, 2022
Lincoln Shade is a current student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD program in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and a member of the College of Medicine’s MD/PhD Program, a dual-degree program which seeks to train the next generation of physician-scientists to lead, integrate, and innovate in health care, research, and education.
“My combined interests in neurodegenerative disease and genomics led me to choose the MD/PhD program at the University of Kentucky due to its dual strengths in neuropathological research and clinical education,” says Lincoln. “Medicine and research are becoming more collaborative, so it’s important to be exposed to multiple disciplines.”
Lincoln was originally motivated to study neurodegenerative diseases, in part, due to his family’s circumstances. His maternal grandmother and four of her siblings have all died from complications due to dementia.
“I have witnessed first-hand the impact these diseases can have on people and their loved ones,” says Lincoln. “As a result, my research and interests in the fields of genomics and genetics epidemiology is focused on how genetic factors influence human traits, such as human health and diseases like Alzheimer's and other dementias.”
To advance Lincoln’s research, he was recently awarded a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award F30 Fellowship, along with previously receiving T32 and TL1 training grant awards.
Lincoln’s long-term career goal is to become an independently funded physician-scientist and statistical genetics researcher in the field of neuroradiology, which focuses on the diagnosis of abnormalities of the brain, spine, and head and neck.
Lincoln has also published a first-author ground-breaking genome-wide association study of brain arteriolosclerosis, “Genome-wide association study of brain arteriolosclerosis,” with his faculty mentor, Dr. Dave Fardo, biostatistics professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health.
“Dr. Fardo’s mentorship has been so valuable in my success,” says Lincoln. “In my time working with Dr. Fardo, I have built technical skills with software widely used in genomics research and become familiar with design considerations for genotype-phenotype association studies.”
“Lincoln is an example of an unparalleled student research success story that shows the trajectory and impact of our Ph.D. program,” says Fardo.
Lincoln has also contributed to several other peer-reviewed publications, abstracts, and presented at international conferences. He actively participates in the Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) program and the Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology (CHARGE) Consortium.
Lincoln was also recognized during National Public Health Week by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health as their 2022 Outstanding Doctoral Student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics PhD program.
One Day for the University of Kentucky and the Power of Giving
April 25, 2022
Now in its fourth year, the annual One Day for UK event is a celebration of the University of Kentucky through a 24-hour day of giving.
On Thursday, April 21st alumni, faculty, staff, friends, alumni, fans, and other partners supported their favorite college, program, or cause at the University of Kentucky.
For this year's One Day for UK, the University of Kentucky College of Public Health (CPH) asked their community to support the new Student Support Fund, designed to help current students who are experiencing a financial crisis or monetary emergency while enrolled in the college.
At the conclusion of the One Day for UK event, CPH received approximately 100 donations totaling $18,441 going directly to the Student Support Fund. CPH also increased their donor participation rate by 150% from the previous year.
“Our students are now managing healthcare systems, serving in public health departments -- they are boots on the ground fighting the drug epidemic, studying the aging process, as well as tracking and helping put in place practices to fight the current and future pandemics," says Donna Arnett, Dean of the UK College of Public Health. “They are our key to building healthier communities and I'm so proud that our generous community came together to help our students on One Day for UK."
Financial hardships sometimes prevent students from persisting and becoming successful stewards. The Student Support Fund will now allow the College to have the appropriate resources to distribute to students who are in financial need and give them the opportunity to become “health champions" who persist, collaborate, and create a healthier world for everyone.
“I’ve been with the College of Public Health since 2004, first as a student pursuing an MPH and now as a faculty member,” says Erin Abner, Associate Professor in Epidemiology at the UK College of Public Health. “As a student, I saw my classmates struggle with housing precarity, food insecurity, and health crises, usually while balancing obligations to family, work, and school. As a faculty member, I know my students have much more to contend with than the curriculum. It is important to me that students can turn to CPH for financial support in an emergency.”
Student success is woven into the culture of the University of Kentucky and the UK College of Public Health where students feel connected, challenged, supported, and appreciated.
First-generation student in the UK Master of Health Administration (MHA) program, Cameron Asher, says, “I have had to fight hard to overcome adversity in my life. As we build brighter futures through our education, this fund will help more students like me make an impact and become vessels for public health."
University of Kentucky College of Public Health recognizes that public health involves everyone and everyone, which included faculty, staff, alumni, students, and more, came together on One Day for UK to support student success.
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