Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN)

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About Us

The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) is a regional platform to  address the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia by enhancing research collaborations that accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries to health improvements for this region. Members include the East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, University of Kentucky, and West Virginia University.

Funding Opportunities

The UK CCTS Pilot Grant Program offers funding and resources to support innovative intervention, early stage, and collaborative research, and to promote the development of new methodologies and tools relevant to the health challenges and disparities faced by the citizens of Kentucky, Appalachia and other rural populations.

Other universities within the ATRN contribute funds to the UK Pilot Grant Program to support research involving collaborative partnerships with investigators at these institutions. Partnerships with other ATRN institutions include:

University of Kentucky/University of Cincinnati
University of Kentucky/University of West Virginia
University of Kentucky/Marshall University

Appalachian Health Summit

Annual summits are designed with the intent of educating and strengthening the ability to perform translational research, spreading best practices, and stimulating collaborative research efforts among partners.

2011 Summit The ATRN held its first summit to address obesity and diabetes, two health concerns identified by community and academic partners.
2012 Summit Neurological Disorders:  Quality of Life and Potential for Recovery, examined a wide range of medical conditions, therapeutic advances, and societal concerns.
2013 Summit Tobacco Use, Prescription Misuse, and Other Addictions, highlighted the scientific advances in addiction research that are beginning to be translated to improve the health of Appalachians.
2014 Summit Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia, highlighted the spectrum of translational research in Appalachia.  
2015 Summit The Future of Our Health, highlighted new WVCTSI projects and initiatives, innovative approaches and multidisciplinary collaborations.