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

20:1

ROI for Pilot Funding Program 

71

National Partnerships through 2019

78%

Pilot Awardees with at Least One Publication 

In the News

  • Participate in Research
    • Jan 30 2023

    Participating in health research is a way for everyone to join the process of discovery and learn more about your own health.

  • Faculty photo of Dr. Gerald Supinski, a white man in his 50s or 60s with kind eyes, wearing a black suit, white collared shirt, and gray striped tie.
    • Jan 27 2023

     

    Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2023) – We are deeply saddened to share that our colleague Gerald Supinski, MD, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022 at the age of 71.

  • Dr. Susan Smyth, a white woman with blond, shoulder length hair, stands in a  white room with floor to ceiling windows behind her. She's wearing a royal blue v-neck dress and several bracelets.
    • Jan 27 2023

     

    Lexington, Ky. (Jan. 26)— With much grief we share that national icon of translational research and medical education Susan Smyth, MD, PhD, died of cancer on Dec. 31, 2022, at the age of 57.

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