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Image 8 of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2011-10-25

Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

She realized that she was fortunate because her father was a family physician. He was willing to make extra effort that led to open heart surgery for her at the age of 20. She had her aorta replaced so she did not have a life-threatening illness, which is what happens to many people with Marfan’s syndrome. When she came to UK, she did not know exactly what she wanted to do, but she knew that she wanted to do something for the people in Kentucky who had Marfan’s syndrome. She said that she had been given an abundance of opportunities at the University of Kentucky. With the two years of professional mentored research, as well as an academic health career scholarship, she has leamed all about academic medicine. She even had a mentor, Dr. Steven Estus, who sat down with her and asked what she wanted to do. She infonned him that she had studied biochemistry and molecular biology and Marfan’s syndrome at NIH and the clinical aspects. She wanted to combine the two, and Dr. Estus suggested that they look at splicing. Dr. Estus found the funding and the avenue of training for her so that she could do this and have an article published. Not only did Dr. Estus send her to conferences, he invited her cardiologist Dr. Harry "Hal” Dietz from Johns Hopkins to give a lecture to the College of Medicine at UK. Dr. Dietz gave a lecture to her professors, fellow classmates, and members of the Central Kentucky Marfan Network Group, which is a local network group that she founded while she was in undergraduate school. Dr. Dietz stayed late to talk to the Kentuckians and the Marfan Network Group. One family had driven from Pikeville, Kentucky. Their ll year old son had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. He had lost his father to Marfan’s syndrome within the last year. Dr. Dietz infonned the family that their son’s medicine should probably be doubled to prevent further complications. This made her so grateful to the University of Kentucky because Dr. Daugherty had expanded his research to try to find a cure for her disease and is trying to help Kentuckians who already have the disease. Ms. Burchett concluded her remarks by saying that she has received a world-class education at UK, and she is very excited to continue this work as a physician in the future. The Board gave Mary a round of applause. President Capilouto thanked Dr. Dobbs and Ms. Burchett. He reiterated his remarks in his investiture speech: "This place is truly remarkable.” H. Naming of University Building (PR 3) President Capilouto said that PR 3 is a recommendation that the Board of Trustees approve renaming the North Hall residence building the "David P. Roselle Hall” in honor ofthe University of Kentucky’s ninth president. -3-

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