Marshall University Partnership


Marshall University


The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine have a formal partnership under UK’s NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award to advance key areas of clinical and translational research. 

Major Accomplishments of this partnership include:

  • Marshall faculty serve in leadership roles in the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
  • UK and Marshall are founding partners of the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRN), a regional platform to identify areas for collaboration and connect researchers for innovative team science.
  • UK and Marshall are founding members of the CTSA “IRBShare,” an online framework for facilitated IRB reviews hosted by Vanderbilt University.

Under the direction of Uma Sundaram, MD, Vice Dean of Research and Graduate Education and Chairman of the Department of Clinical and Translational Sciences, who joined Marshall in 2013, Marshall University has established: 

The Appalachian Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute as the central hub of clinical and translational research.

  • Clinics on IRB and IACUC development, Biostatistics, and Research Design, meet monthly.
  • Pilot Award RFAs for clinical and translational research (three rounds) and for rural clinical and translational research (two rounds) have been released and funded.

The Department of Clinical and Translational Sciences (DCTS) as the academic home for clinical and translational research.

  • Under Dr. Sundaram, Chair of DCTS, primary faculty include a Director of Research Development and Translation, Todd Davies, PhD; and a Clinical Informatics Data Architect, Alfred Cecchetti, PhD, MSc.  Joint appointments include the Medical Director of Clinical Research, Todd Gress, MD, MPH.
  • Projects in conjunction with UK CCTS biomedical informatics include development of a Marshall clinical data warehouse using the i2b2 search engine.

The Marshall Clinical Research Center to support clinical trials.

  • Trained and dedicated clinical research staff and clinic space are now available to support investigators conducting clinical studies.
  • The Annual Research Day is now Health Sciences Center wide and focuses on clinical and translational research.

The role of the Office of Research and Graduate Education has been expanded to include:

  • Responsibility for the Marshall Clinical Research Center, with substantial increase in enrollment and sponsored trials funding over the last two years.
  • Oversight of faculty mentoring and career development.
  • Responsibility for the MD/PhD, PhD, and three MS programs - Medical Sciences, Research, and the new MS in Clinical and Translational Science that enrolled its inaugural class in 2016.