Accelerating Discoveries to Improve Health
Nearly 1,000 Participants Attend 2023 CCTS Spring Conference
Four high school students--two white boys, one white girl, and one Black girl--stand in white lab coats in front of a research poster pinned to a board. The Black female student is speaking into a microphone held out by a middle-aged white male reporter, whose back is to the viewer.

The 18th Annual Spring Conference of UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science, held March 27, drew nearly 1,000 participants. Clinicians, researchers, trainees, undergraduates, high school students, and community partners gathered to share research and foster collaborations. The theme of the conference was “Translating Equity into Action.”

CCTS Debuts Research Comic Book
CCTS Adventures in Research Comic Book

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. 

The comic brings to life Dr. Melinda Ickes' research paper “Prevalence and reasons for Juul use among college students,” published in the American Journal of College Health in March 2019.  She plans to develop curriculum and programming around the comic book and hopes it will promote non-judgmental discussion of e-cigarette use across all ages.

Watch our video of the process! 

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