Mission & Strategic Plan

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 support of a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health, the CCTS fosters innovative team science across multiple campuses and states. We provide infrastructure, funding, and research support services to advance discoveries, and we train the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Within UK’s role as Kentucky's flagship, land grant university, the CCTS focuses on addressing chronic health disparities in rural and underserved populations throughout the Commonwealth and the Central Appalachian region. We work closely with institutional and community partners to collaboratively identify local challenges and opportunities to improve wellbeing. As the founding member of the Appalachian Translational Research Network, we also lead a regional research platform that leverages the expertise, resources, and experiences of multiple academic and medical centers.


Our Mission

Accelerating discoveries to improve health℠


Our Vision

Catalyze clinical and translational discoveries through an integrated and transformative research environment targeting improved health, with emphasis on Central Appalachia


Our Goals 

  1. Champion Innovation and Team Science Across the Spectrum of Clinical and Translational Research

  2. Educate and Develop the Translational Workforce of the Future

  3. Engage and Collaborate with our Communities in Translational Research to Address Health Disparities

  4. Advance Translational Science as an Effective Partner in the National Research Network


Our full Strategic Plan is available here