About CCTS

The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) brings together clinicians, researchers, and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health. With the support for a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, we foster innovative team science across multiple campuses and states. We provide infrastructure, funding, and research support services, and train the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Within UK’s role as Kentucky's flagship, land grant university, the CCTS focuses on addressing chronic health disparities in rural and underserved populations throughout the Commonwealth and the Central Appalachian region. We work closely with institutional and community partners to collaboratively identify local challenges and opportunities to improve wellbeing. As the directing member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network, we also lead a regional research platform that leverages the expertise, resources, and experiences of multiple academic and medical centers.

Our Mission
  • Lead institutional innovation in the delivery of efficient, effective clinical and translational research
  • Develop a diverse workforce across multiple disciplines that advances translational research and excels in team science
  • Address the unique health needs of Central Appalachia by engaging with regional, rural and community-?based partners.
  • Catalyze innovative research, including novel drug development and informatics methodologies, with particular focus on bringing innovation to special populations and across the lifespan.
  • Create an efficient clinical trials network that extends into our partner health care systems and involves participants throughout a four state region of rural Central Appalachia.

Welcome to the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) at the University of Kentucky (UK). The CCTS is proud to lead the UK’s efforts to create an integrated home for clinical and translational research, and promote progress at every phase of the translational continuum. The overarching goals of the CCTS are to champion innovation in the full spectrum of clinical and translational research while educating the translational workforce of the future and engaging our communities in translational science. We focus specifically on research that leads to improved health and wellbeing in Central Appalachia.

The CCTS is supported in part by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science at the National Institutes of Health.

Here at UK, we provide infrastructure, pilot funding, and core services essential for the advancement of clinical and translational science. We also provide educational programs and career development programs. The CCTS directly involves more than 250 individuals from 15 UK colleges and centers. Although the CCTS is not disease focused, we interact with and strongly support the efforts of disease-specific centers on campus, including the Markey Cancer Center, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Gill Heart Institute, Saha Cardiovascular Center,

We also lead the Appalachian Translational Research Network, a regional research platform including The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, Marshall University, West Virginia University, East Tennessee State University, and community members and health care providers throughout the region.

Opportunities and resources abound, whether you are an investigator at UK, a community partner, a research participant, or a research trainee in the early stages of your career development. Please, enjoy your virtual visit, and we hope that you avail yourself of these extraordinary opportunities and resources in the near future. Let us know how we can help you. You can reach us at (859 323-2615) or ccts@uky.edu.

Philip A. Kern, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Associate Provost Clinical and Translational Science


Name and Title Core/Function Oversight
B. Mark Evers, MD, Co-chair Network Capacity; Informatics
Harmut H. Malluche, MD, Hub Research Capacity
Alan Daugherty, PhD, Dsc, Director, Saha Cardiovascular Research Center Hub Research Capacity
Jeffrey L. Ebersole, PhD, Director, Center for Oral Health Research Translational Endeavors
Frances H. Feltner, RN, DNP, Director, Center of Excellence for Rural Health Hub Research Capacity and Optional function: ATRN
James W. Geddes, PhD, Director, Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Center Hub Research Capacity; Translation Endeavors
Carl G. Leukefeld, PhD, Chair, Behavioral Science Translational Endeavors
Jon Thorson, PhD, Director, Center for Pharmaceutical Research & Innovation Optional Function: Drug Development
Heidi L. Weiss, PhD, Director, Biostatistics Shared resource Facility, Markey Cancer Center Research Methods Informatics
Mark V. Williams, MD, MHM, Director, CHSR, Chief Learning Officer, OVIHD Informatics, Community and Collaboration
Linda J. Van Eldik, PhD, Director, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Network Capacity; Hub Research Capacity (Special Populations)
Name, Title and Institution Areas of Expertise
James E. Heubi, MD, Chair (2011-Present);,Co-Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, University of Cincinnati CTSA Directors and Leaders
Marc K, Drezner, MD (2011-present);, University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD (2011-present); Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Informatics, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Pittsburgh Biomedical Informaticas
Russ Waitman, PhD (2014-present); Director of Medical Informatics, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Analystics, University of Kansas Medical Center
Sarah Gelhert, PhD (2011-present); Director of Center for Community-Engaged Research, Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Washington University
Morris Weinberger, PhD (2014-present);Senior Research Scientist, The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Training and Health Services / Outcomes Research
Julie Rainwater, PhD (2011-present); Evaluation Director, Clinical and Translational Science Center, University of California, Davis Evaluation and Assessment
Scott Weir, PharmD, PhD (2015-present); Associate Director for Translational Research, Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Kansas Drug Discovery
John Langefeld, MD (2015-present); Chief Medical Officer, Medicaid Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky; Chair, Community Champions Cabinet Community and Goverment
David Reese, MA, MPH (2015-present); Public health practice community Patients and Community