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 CTSA centers of East Tennessee State University, Marshall University, Ohio University, PennState University, The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, and the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

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.

2018 Summit

Addressing Health Disparities through Collaborative Research
The eighth annual summit will be hosted by the University of Kentucky in the new UK Student Center on September 20-21, 2018.
Go to the 2018 Summit page for alll the event details including registration, call for abstracts and hotel information: 

2017 Summit Transforming Health in Appalachia through Engaged and Translational Research
The seventh annual summit was hosted by Penn State University Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
2016 Summit Transforming Health in Appalachia through Cross-Cutting Collaboration
The sixth annual summit was hosted by University of Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.
2015 Summit The Future of Our Health
The fifth annual summit highlighted new WVCTSI projects and initiatives, innovative approaches and multidisciplinary collaborations. (Hosted by West Virginia University)
Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia (Poster)
The fourth annual summit highlighted the spectrum of translational research in Appalachia. (Hosted by the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the 9th Anual UK CCTS Spring Conference)
2013 Summit Tobacco Use, Prescription Misuse, and Other Addictions
The third annual summit highlighted the scientific advances in addiction research that are beginning to be translated to improve the health of Appalachians. (Hosted by The Ohio State University)
Appalachian Health Summit "Neurological Disorders: Quality of Life and Potential for Recovery" (Poster)
The second annual summit examined a wide range of medical conditions, therapeutic advances, and societal concerns. (Hosted by the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the 7th Annual UK CCTS Spring Conference)
2011 Summit Appalachian Health Summit: Focus on Obesity (Poster)
The Appalachian Translational Research Network held its first summit to address obesity and diabetes, two health concerns identified by community and academic partners. (Hosted by the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the 6th Anual UK CCTS Spring Conference)