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CCTS Spring Research Day 2021

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

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)

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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: Karen Petrone, PhD and Claire Clark, PhD
2:30 – 3:00 PM
3:00 – 4:00 PM
Awards Ceremony
Phil Kern, MD, CCTS Director

Thursday, April 8

all times listed in Eastern Time

1:00 – 2:30 PM
Oral Presentations and Research Day Activities
2:30 – 3:30 PM
Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE)
Poster Pitch and Awards
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Poster Sessions



Poster Submissions

If you are submitting a poster only, your abstract will be submitted at the same time you upload your poster.
If you would like your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation, please click on the “Oral Abstract Submission” Tab  HERE
College of Nursing - Please choose "POSTER ONLY SUBMISSION" 
Posters may be submitted anytime following event registration until 11:59pm (EST), Friday March 19, 2021.
Our virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to your present your research to a broad audience via a presentation/video and to discuss results with interested colleagues through chat and/or email.
All posters must be submitted as an MP4 video file (instructions are provided below). Posters will be available for on demand viewing beginning 1pm Wednesday, April 7, 2021 and throughout the CCTS Spring Research Days.
A virtual poster event will be held on April 8 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm (EST). 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.
Poster submission is FREE.
If you submit a poster, you will also be eligible for the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship "60-second Elevator Pitch" competition. Click HERE for more information and instructions. You must submit a poster (below) to be considered for this competition. There is no cost to participate. Competition is open until all entry slots are filled.
Poster should be one (1) slide
Narration should be 6 minutes or less
Final MP4 file should be 25Mb or smaller
Please name your MP4 file:  Category_LastName_FirstName.mp4 (e.g. Clinical_Jones_Sam.mp4)
  1. Register for event:  click here
  2. Record your narration over your PowerPoint session.  For instructions:  click here
  3. Convert your PowerPoint & narration into an MP4 file.  For instructions:  click here
  4. Submit your poster and information on this Submission Form
DEADLINE to submit posters: 11:59 pm (EST), Friday, March 19, 2021
Questions?  Send an email to:


Oral Abstract Submissions

College of Nursing - Please choose "POSTER ONLY SUBMISSIONS" HERE
If you would like your abstract to be considered for an Oral Presentation, your abstract must be by submitted below by 5:00pm (EST), Wednesday, March 3, 2021.
Abstracts will be reviewed by the CCTS Spring Research Day Selection Committee. You will be notified by 6:00pm (EST), Monday, March 8, 2021 if your abstract has been chosen for oral presentation.
If your abstract is selected for a CCTS oral presentation you will be required to submit an 8–10-minute recording of your presentation by 6:00pm (EST), Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Instructions will be provided upon acceptance of your abstract.
If your abstract is selected for an oral presentation, you may still submit a poster until March 19, 2021 by clicking the Poster Submissions tab.
If your abstract is not chosen for an oral presentation, you will be notified by 6:00pm (EST), Monday, March 8, 2021. At that time, you will receive a link to submit a poster presentation through the Poster Submissions tab on the Event Website. All posters must be submitted by 11:59pm (EST), Friday March 19, 2021.
Submission is free.
Limit your title to 80 characters
Limit your abstract to 300 words or approx. 500 characters
Do not include diagrams, illustrations or graphics
Do not inclue any footnotes or listed references
  1. Register for event:  click here
  2. Submit your Abstract on this Submission Form
March 3, 2021:    Deadline to submit abstract for a CCTS oral presentation
March 8, 2021:    Abstract approval notification will be sent
March 19, 2021:  Deadline to submit Posters Only for Poster Session
March 24, 2021:  Deadline to upload Oral Presentations (if selected)
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.  The first twenty (20) presenters who sign-up will be invited to attend a 1-hour coaching session on how to organize and deliver a 60-second pitch.
Only those who sign-up and attend a coaching session will be officially entered into the competition. 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
Competition entry is free, and limited to twenty (20) poster presenters.
To be considered for the Von Allmen Poster Pitch Competition, simply follow these steps:
1) Submit a poster by following the steps found on THIS page.
2) Follow THIS link to enter the competition.  Within 2 days you will be notified directly by the Von Allmen Center staff to discuss your entry.
Note that competition will remain open until all entries are filled.
Questions?  Send an email to:


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