APR 7 - 8 2021 Doors Open 12:00 PM EDT

CCTS Spring Research Day 2021

Join us for the CCTS Spring Research Day featuring Author John M. Barry

Our distinguished guest for the keynote on April 7th will be Mr. John Barry, an award-winning author whose books have also involved him in policy making.  You can read Mr. Barry’s bio here. Among his notable works are the books:


“The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History”


“Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America”


“Roger Williams and The Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty”


Mr. Barry’s highly acclaimed and insightful book about the 1918 Influenza pandemic has provided us with considerable historical context for our current COVID-19 pandemic.  Mr. Barry will be leading a panel discussion and Q&A on pandemics from a medical and historical context

"The CCTS Research Day highlights and celebrates the considerable spectrum of translational science at UK and other partner institutions.  This year, we hold this celebration in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are delighted to have a keynote panel discussion with author and historian John Barry."   Phil Kern, MD, CCTS Director          “The Cooperative is pleased to partner with the CCTS and introduce author John Barry.  Barry's historical research into the 1918 influenza pandemic has demonstrated the ways in which public policy failures led to the spread of the epidemic and showed that the disease fundamentally reshaped public health infrastructures.  Now, a hundred years later, as we are in the throes of another pandemic, we reflect on the lessons that were not learned and consider what long-term impact the pandemic might have on our public health infrastructure.”    Karen Petrone, PhD, Director A&S Cooperative for the Humanities and Social Sciences (Co-Sponsor of the Keynote Panel and Co-Moderator)          "CCTS Research Day showcases the interdisciplinary breadth of clinical and translational science research at the University of Kentucky and beyond. Our panel discussion with keynote speaker John Barry, the author of The Great Influenza, will illuminate how history can help us translate previous pandemic experiences into present-day public health actions."   Claire Clark, PhD, Associate Professor (Co-Moderator)

















This multidisciplinary event is focused on celebrating research efforts, sharing research findings, disseminating best practices, enhancing collaborations, and mentoring the upcoming generation of clinical and translational researchers.

Use the tabs above to submit your posters and/or orals and enter the Von Allmen 1-minute Poster Pitch for a cash prize!

The CCTS Spring Research Day is held in conjunction with:

The College of Dentistry

The College of Nursing

The Transdisciplinary Implementation Science Alliance (TISA)



Wednesday, April 7

all times listed in Eastern Time

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Welcome and Introductions
Phil Kern, MD, CCTS Director
Keynote Panel with John M. Barry, Author
Co-moderators: Claire Clark, PhD, Karen Petrone, PhD and Lovoria Williams, PhD
2:30 – 2:50 PM
Entertainment Introduction
Everett McCorvey, D.M.A. Professor of Voice and Endowed Chair in Opera Studies
"Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute
Performed by Erica Gabriel, soprano

"Che gelida manina" from Puccini's La Boheme
Performed by Houston Tyrrell, tenor

"One Day More" from Les Misérables
Performed by the cast of the 25th Anniversary production of It's a Grand Night for Singing! at the Singletary Center for the Arts, UK Opera Theatre
2:50 – 3:00 PM Break
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Awards and Recognition Ceremony
Phil Kern, MD, CCTS Director

Thursday, April 8

all times listed in Eastern Time

12:00 – 1:15 PM
Meeting Rooms
College of Dentistry Guest Speaker
Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD
1:00 – 2:30 PM
Meeting Rooms
Oral Presentations and Research Day Activities
2:30 – 2:40 PM
2:40 – 3:30 PM
Poster Hall
Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE)
Poster Pitch and Awards
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Poster Hall
Poster Sessions
4:00 – 5:00 PM
Meeting Rooms
Implementation Science Networking Event



Poster Session

A virtual poster event will be held on April 8 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm (EDT). Poster presenters in the general poster session will be given a scheduled time to meet with a poster mentor who will provide formal feedback via video chat on April 8.  More details will be announced soon.
Questions?  Send an email to:


Von Allmen Poster Pitch

The Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship "60-second Elevator Pitch" Competition is an opportunity for a small number of poster presenters to recieve training and prizes from the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship. Poster presenters will be given 60 seconds to "Pitch Your Poster" on April 8, 2021 from 2:30 to 3:30pm (EST).  Winners will be announced following the competition.
The "poster pitch" will be judged on the following criteria:
1) 60% Clarity of Presentation
2) 40% Potential to Create New Therapies
Prizes will be awarded:
$500 for 1st place
$250 for 2nd place
$150 for 3rd place
$100 for the VACE Director's Choice Award
Questions?  Send an email to: