About the CCTS

Accelerating Discoveries, Improving Health

Kentucky and Appalachia experience some of the nation's most severe health disparities: Eight of thirteen counties recently found to have a declining life expectancy are in the Commonwealth, and the region is currently the epicenter of the opioid epidemic, with overdose deaths in Kentucky hitting record highs in 2017. Through research funding, training, infrastructure, and community engagement, we facilitate innovative team science to address these and other critical health issues. 

JAMA Map 2017

Since 2006, the CCTS has catalyzed clinical and translational discoveries through an integrated, transformative research environment aimed at improved health, with emphasis on Central Appalachia.

Timeline of CCTS evolution from 2006-2011

 

 

Our Impact

15.8:1

ROI for Pilot Funding Program 

71

National Partnerships through 2019

78%

Pilot Awardees with at Least One Publication 

In the News

  • UK Receives $23.5 Million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH
    • Sep 14 2021

    The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) has received a $23.5 million, four-year award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health. This is the third time the CCTS has successfully competed for the prestigious Clinical and Translational Award (CTSA), with continuous funding since 2011 totaling $65.4 million in research dollars.

  • CCTS Debuts Comic Book on E-cigarette Use by Young Adults
    • Sep 14 2021

    What’s the best way to fight science misinformation? In the case of electronic cigarette use by young adults, a team at the University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) chose a novel approach — a research-based comic book.

  • 'UK at the Half': UK CCTS Accelerating Discoveries to Improve Health
    • Sep 14 2021

    During "UK at the Half" UK football game on Saturday, CCTS was recognized for their clinical research — which helps to improve health, with an emphasis on the Central Appalachian region.

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