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


ROI for Pilot Funding Program 


National Partnerships through 2019


Pilot Awardees with at Least One Publication 

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