The Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN) is committed to addressing the significant health challenges and disparities specific to Appalachia by enhancing research collaborations to speed the translation of scientific discoveries to health improvements for this region. Initial members consist of University of Kentucky and its partner, Marshall University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, Ohio University, and West Virginia University.
The UK CCTS Pilot Grant Program offers opportunities and resources necessary to support innovative intervention, early stage and collaborative research approaches in clinical and translational studies 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:
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.|