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Meet Our Director

As a physician scientist, Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD, has years of expertise with research involving large community-recruited cohorts, behavioral interventions and clinical trials.

The reach of the University of Kentucky and its interdisciplinary efforts to address pressing health questions are what drew her to the CCTS.  Hartmann sees her role as championing ways to accelerate science and expand discoveries to new therapeutics, better clinical care, and prevention.

"I believe UK really has it all.”

19th Annual CCTS Spring Conference was the largest ever!
33 students from Frederick Douglass High School, all wearing white lab coats, and two of their teachers stand on the steps in Central Bank Center.

Thank you to the 312 poster presenters, 63 oral presenters, and nearly 1,100 attendees at our 19th Annual CCTS Spring Conference–our largest ever! Your contributions are what make our Annual Conference a success every year.

Special thanks to Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton for proclaiming April 9 as Translational Science Day in the city. 

McWhorter Recieves NIH Diversity Supplement Grant for Rural Pediatric Research
Headshot of Ketrell McWhorter, a young Black woman with shoulder-length twists, half pulled up into a high bun. She's smiling at the camera, wearing red lipstick, a black suit jacket, and there's a window with blinds behind her.

Ketrell L. McWhorter, PhD, MBA, ACE-CPT, ACE-FNS, assistant professor of epidemiology and environmental health in the UK College of Public Health, has been awarded a Diversity Supplement Grant from National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS).

The award supports her project “Impact of co-exposures on Pediatric Obesity and Sleep in Appalachian Children,” which seeks to disentangle the complex relationship between children’s exposure to second-hand smoke and air pollution, its impact on their sleep, and how these factors influence body weight and cardiometabolic outcomes.

Measuring Our Impact


ROI for Pilot Funding Program 


ROI on Appalachian Translational Research Network Grants


Appalachian Counties Impacted by the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky