Opioids: Addressing the Public Health Crisis through Translational Science

2018 CCTS Spring Conference

April 13, 2018, Lexington, KY — Nearly 1,000 researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, community partners and local and national experts participated in the day-long, multidisciplinary event to share their findings and enhance collaborations. While the CCTS supports research across the spectrum of diseases, this year’s conference focused on using translational science to address the opioid epidemic.  Press Release »

Sharon Walsh speaking at 2018 CCTS conference
WUKY Interviews CCTS Director Dr. Philip Kern and Conference Chair Dr. Sharon Walsh

Highlights from the Conference

In addition to plenary presentations by nationally renowned speakers, around 300 posters were presented, along with 12 podium presentations by CCTS trainees and six by graduates of the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky, which provides training and funding to Appalachian community leaders working to implement health promotion programs at the local level.

  • Plenary Talk: Tackling the Escalating Opioid Crisis with Science
    Sharon Walsh, PhD
    Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, College of Medicine
    Director, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
    University of Kentucky

  • Keynote: Should We Use NIH Science and Implementation Science to Address the Opioid Crisis?
    David A. Fiellin, MD

    Professor of Medicine
    ​Director, Yale Program in Addiction Medicine
    Yale School of Medicine

  • Medication Development for Opioid Use Disorder: How Well Do the Results from Preclinical and Clinical Studies Align?  BGSFN Spring Neuroscience Day
    Sandra D. Comer, PhD
    Professor of Clinical Neuroscience
    Department of Psychiatry
    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University 

  • Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research: A View from the NIH
    College of Dentistry Research Day
    Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD
    Principal Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Senior Investigator, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Mentorship Awards

  • Sharon Walsh, PhD

  • Kevin J. Pearson, PhD

  • David J. Feola, PharmD, PhD

  • Christina Studts, PhD

  • Amr El-Husseini Mohamed, MD, FACP, FASN

Special Recognition Award 

  • Michael T. Bardon, PhD, in grateful recognition of extraordinary teaching, research, and mentoring contributions to the field of drug abuse

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship "1-Minute Pitch Your Poster Competition” 

  • First Place: David Jensen, College of Dentistry Poster Sessions

  • Second Place: Hsuan Peng, CCTS Poster Session

  • Third Place: Stephanie Davis, CCTS Poster Session

  • Director's Choice Awards: Caissy Goe, College of Nursing Oral Session; Maddie Miles, College of Health Sciences Poster Session


Kristin Linscott presents her poster at the Spring 2018 conference
Poster presentation at Spring Conference

Collaborating Events

Held in conjunction with these Colleges and Center-specific Programs:

  • Spring Neuroscience Research Day
    ​34th Annual, sponsored by the Bluegrass Chapter of Society for Neuroscience
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  • UK ​College of Dentistry Research Day
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  • UK College of Engineering Biomedical Research Day
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  • UK College of Health Sciences Research Day​
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  • UK College of Nursing Scholarship Showcase
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  • UK College of Public Health Research Day
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  • UK MD/PhD Program Research Day
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