LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 7, 2021) — Within the University of Kentucky's role as Kentucky's flagship, land-grant university, the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) unites clinicians, researchers and communities to accelerate the translation of basic science discoveries to tangible improvements in health.
Since 2006, the CCTS has focused on addressing chronic health disparities in rural and underserved populations throughout the Commonwealth and the Central Appalachian region. They work closely with institutional and community partners to collaboratively identify local challenges and opportunities to improve well-being.
On this episode of "Behind the Blue," CCTS Director Philip A. Kern, M.D., talks about the vast amount of work the center supports. Since his recruitment to UK in 2009, Kern has been continuously funded for both his own NIH-funded research program as well as his leadership of the CCTS. He has also served as a mentor, colleague and collaborator on numerous other projects. In addition, he continues to provide clinical and educational services within the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center and Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.
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