CCTS Quick Facts

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) unites clinicians, researchers, and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health, with particular focus on Appalachia. 

Founded in 2006, we've received two Clinical and Translational Science Awards from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science at the National Institutes of Health. 

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National and Regional Partnerships

The UK CCTS collaborates with CTSA institutions, academic medical centers, regional hospitals, and community partnership across the country and through Appalachia, including serving as a founding member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN). 

National Collaborations Map 2019



In Central Appalachia, we partner with academic medical centers in the Appalachian Translational Research Network, hospital systems, the UK Markey Cancer Research Network, and numerous community organizations to address health disparities and promote wellbeing. 

Appalachian Regional Partnerships Map 2019



Impactful Funding & Awards

15:8 ROI

in Subsequent NIH Funding for Pilot Grant Awardees 

14.3:1 ROI

on Pilot Grants Related to Substance Use Disorder

17.7:1 ROI

on Pilot Grants from the Appalachian Translational Research Network

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

41 Participants

of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky


Appalachian Counties Impacted by 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 in 2019


of CCTS Service Requests Related to Special Populations 2018-19


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.  

The metrics above are based on data extracted from CCTS Service Request Forms.  Health disparities include cancer, diabetes/obesity, cardiovascular disease/stroke, and substance use disorder. Special populations include aging/elderly, pediatric, rural/Appalachia, under-represented minorities, disadvantaged backgrounds, and LGBTQ.


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*


Average Annual Inpatient Visits


Members of the UK CCTS

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%.