2018 ATRN Summit

8TH Annual Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) Summit

“Addressing Health Disparities through Collaborative Research”

WHEN: Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21, 2018

WHERE: University of Kentucky Bill Gatton Student Center

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: REGISTER HERE $10 for students*/community members; $25 for faculty/staff (Due September 7)

Thursday, September 20th

9:00am-9:15am                Welcome - Philip A. Kern, MD, UK CCTS Director

9:15am-10:10am              Keynote Address

10:20am-11:20am            Session 1: Successful ATRN Inter-institutional Research Collaborations (Moderated session) 

11:30am-12:45pm            Lunch

1:00pm-3:00pm                Session 2: ATRN Opportunities for Inter-institutional Collaborations

3:15pm-4:45pm                Session 3: Successful Community-Academic Collaborations

5:00pm-7:00pm                Poster Session and Reception

Friday, September 21st

8:00am-9:00am               Breakfast with networking

9:00am-9:50am               Podium Presentations

10:00am-10:50am           Podium Presentations

11:00am-11:30am            Closing Remarks - Erin Haynes, DrPH, MS, Outgoing ATRN Leadership Team Chair and Gia Mudd-Martin, PhD, MPH, RN, Incoming ATRN Leadership Team Chair

REGISTRATION: The registration fee is $10 for students* and members of community organizations, government agencies, and private foundations; $25 for faculty and staff of member ATRN universities and other universities.  Pay your registration fees at Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-atrn-summitt-registration-47829906538 *NOTE: A limited number of scholarships will be available for UK students. Please contact Ryan Vicini at rlvici2@uky.edu for more information.

PARKING: UK Employees and Students follow UK Parking and Transportation guidelines. MAPS  For our non-UK participants a shuttle will run from the host hotel to the student center (schedule TBA).  Paid parking will also be available in the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, 409 S. Limestone)

HOST HOTEL: Embassy Suites by Hilton (245 Lexington Green Circle, Lexington, KY 40503)

  • A room block has been reserved at a rate of $139 plus 16.07% sales tax for the nights of September 19 and September 20. Reservations can be made ONLINE or by calling 855-744-3589 and ask for the room block for Appalachian Translational Research (Group Code ATR). The room block is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and expires on Friday, August 31, 2018.


Abstract submission: (CLOSED)
Abstract Submission Deadline:  Thursday, August 2, 2018
Applicants will be notified of their presentation format by Friday, August 17, 2018

The majority of abstract submissions will be accepted for presentation during the poster session on Thursday, September 20th from 5-7 p.m. A limited number of abstracts will be chosen for oral presentation during the 1st and 2nd sessions on Friday, September 21st.




Who May Submit?
The call for abstracts is open to interested students (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral), faculty, research personnel, trainees/scholars, and administrators. It is also open to those in government agencies, private foundations, and community organizations.  No individual should be first author on more than one abstract.

Submissions from (1) community organizations collaborating with ATRN member institutions; and (2) individuals participating in research career training programs (e.g., NIH training programs, including T32, K12, COBRE, Physical Scientist, and Clinical Research Scholar) are particularly encouraged.

Submission Fee
There is no cost for abstract submission. However, there is a registration fee to attend the conference. The registration fee is $10 for students and members of community organizations, government agencies, and private foundations; $25 for faculty, staff and administrators of ATRN member universities.

Formatting & Submitting your Abstract
You will submit your abstract on-line, using the following instructions:

  • Limit your abstract to 250 words;

  • Keep a copy for your records;

  • Do not include diagrams, illustrations or other graphic objects in your work.

Based on your on-line submission, your abstract will be evaluated, compiled and electronically distributed to conference attendees and mentors.


Abstracts may be submitted on any aspect of health-related research or evidence-based practice that is focused on Appalachian communities served by our ATRN member institutions. This can include: basic laboratory research; clinical research; community-based research; epidemiological and/or populations studies; outcomes research; health services research; evidence supporting best practices in community organizations or clinical settings. Abstracts may describe work that has been or will be submitted at other meetings.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Original Research: All prospective and retrospective studies that involve testing a hypothesis by collecting and analyzing data.  Abstracts must specify the following: hypothesis, number of subjects, procedures, results, statistical analysis, and important findings (conclusions). Ongoing original research is acceptable/encouraged from individuals receiving career research training.

  • Evidence-based Practice: Abstracts must include the following: background summarizing the issue or health-related challenge; EBP question or clear statement of goal of project; methods used to evaluate practices or to implement strategies to incorporate evidence into practice; results describing findings and/or lessons learned as a result of the project; and recommendations or conclusions related to the original problem or question(s) identified.

  • Research Description and Literature Reviews are also welcome (Trainees Only)