Few understand the importance of clinical trials and their contribution to advancements in medicine. Even fewer understand the challenge in finding patients for studies. The University of Kentucky recently touted not only research but its commitment to advancing discoveries that materialize in new treatments.

The University of Kentucky reminds the reader that health research is more than just clinical trials for rare diseases as conveyed in the Richmond Register, but also how individuals can make a difference within something as simple as a questionnaire, a screening, or testing a type of exercise. Moreover, they remind participants that often compensation is involved. There are many ways to learn more and participate in the process of discovery—see the website here for more information. 

UK Healthcare Research

University of Kentucky Healthcare (UK Healthcare) conducts many clinical trials. On their website, those interested can browse all studies. UK’s Wellness, Health You (WHY) program focuses on health factors affecting Kentuckians’ health and connects individuals from that state with research opportunities that might be of interest. The ResearchMatch program involves a national database of research opportunities and can be reviewed here. Cancer-related studies are managed by UK Healthcare Markey Cancer Center. In fact, the Markey Cancer Center Research Network is the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky.

UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS)

The UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science dedicates itself to accelerating discoveries that improve health. The leadership and professionals working there understand that Kentucky and Appalachia experience some of America’s most severe health disparities. The opioid epidemic, for example, has ravaged parts of this region. UK CCTS, founded in 2006, is reported to have generated considerable returns in the form of return on investment, as an example of 14:1 of return on pilot funding. 

Linda Rice, CCRC, Director of clinical operations at the UK CCTS, is the key business contact for this facility that includes inpatient and outpatient research units.

Call to Action: Do you live in or near Kentucky? Are you interested in contributing to health improvements in the Appalachian region? Are you with a sponsor interested in expanding research in this region of America? Consider contacting Ms. Rice.

Source: Richmond Register

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