CCTS Quick Facts

The goals of the CCTS are to accelerate translational research, collaborate with communities to address health disparities, develop the translational science workforce, and partner with the national research network to achieve the greatest possible impact for improved health. Explore the impact of our work below. 

Last updated: September 2018

National & Regional Reach

Connecting Academic & Community Partners Across 15 States 


The UK CCTS not only serves as a hub for translational health research across Central Appalachia but also collaborates with partners across 15 states. We know that leveraging our collective strengths and sharing our knowledge, experiences, and resources is the only way to affect impactful, equitable improvements in health. 

See a full list of our collaborations and partnerships. 


National Partnerships

The UK CCTS collaborates with national research networks including the Appalachian Translational Research Network, of which we were a founding member, and the Western States Consortium, which we joined in 2016. We also collaborate with other academic medical centers and CTSA recipients on projects related to informatics and biobanking. More details about our partnerships are available here

Map of CCTS National Partnerships September 2018



Connecting Across Central Appalachia 

The map below reflects Appalachian counties that have been impacted in any way by CCTS services and programs, including the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky, CCTS community seed grants, CCTS Field Offices, the Kentucky Research Registry and Biospecimen Bank, and pilot grant research

The blue dots represent our partners in the Appalachian Translational Research Network, of which the UK CCTS is a founding member. 


Regional County Impact Map

    Impactful Funding & Awards

    14:1 ROI

    in Subsequent NIH Funding for Pilot Grant Awardees 

    $44.9 million

    Active Sponsored Project Dollars Supported by CCTS in FY16

    $269.3 million

    Proposed Sponsored Project Dollars Supported by CCTS in FY16

    The UK CCTS Pilot Funding Program stimulates innovative science to accelerate improvements in health. Our funding prioritizes multidisciplinary research and projects that focus on health disparities, particularly in Appalachia.


    Engaging with Our Communities


    Appalachian Counties Impacted

    22 Graduates

    of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky


    ROI on Appalachian Translational Research Network Grants

    Brittany Martin CLIK Recipient
    Brittany Martin screening Kentuckians for diabetes

    Brittany Martin, CLIK ’17, developed a community-based screening program for diabetes, and personally screened nearly 2000 people in Perry and Hazard Counties.

    Focus on Health Disparities & Special Populations


    of CCTS Service Requests Related to Health Disparities


    of CCTS Service Requests Related to Special Populations


    of CCTS Pilot Awards Related to Health Disparities or Special Populations

    Inclusive Research, Inclusive Improvements in Health

    The UK CCTS is committed to addressing the health disparities of Central Appalachia and affecting equitable, inclusive improvements in health. Learn more about our Community Engagement and Research Core and our Integrated Special Populations Core.  


    Impact of Publications

    3,308 Publications

    147 Researchers

    39,453 Citations

    Influential Publications: Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 1.59

    A notable finding in scholarship tracking emanated from the implementation of SciVal at the University of Kentucky, which was partially supported by the CCTS, and driven by the Tracking and Evaluation (T&E) Core in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research.   The T&E Core examination of bibliometric indicators for CCTS pilot program awardees between 2012 and 2017 indicated robust publication productivity among this group, and a Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 1.59, indicating that publication outputs have been cited 59% more often than expected, a robust indicator of influence. See selected recent publications here. »


    High Quality Services

    89 percent

    Respondents Satisfied with Overall Quality of CCTS Services*


    Four Year Average Inpatient Visits


    BERD Projects Supported in FY17

    Empowering the Process of Discovery

    The CCTS offers a broad spectrum of services and resources to support research from study design to study close-out. 


    * Data based on a Satisfaction Survey launched in March 2018 to solicit feedback from investigators that had used CCTS services within the last 2 years, and achieved a response rate of 15.5%.