Kentucky's Opioid Epidemic Focus Of Annual UK Conference

Apr 13, 2018

Hundreds of clinicians and researchers from across the Commonwealth and the country are in Lexington Friday for a conference on the Opioid Crisis in Kentucky.  It’s being presented by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  WUKY's Alan Lytle spoke with center director Dr. Philip A. Kern, and Conference Chair, Dr. Sharon Walsh, director of the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research.

The University of Kentucky Center for Clinical and Translational Science will host its 13th Annual Spring Conference on Friday, April 13 in Lexington, Kentucky, with the theme "Opioids: Addressing the Public Health Crisis through Translational Science".

The conference will include a keynote address titled "Should We Use NIH Science and Implementation Science to Address the Opioid Crisis?" from David A. Fiellin, MD, professor of addiction medicine at Yale School of Medicine, as well as a plenary session with Sharon Walsh, PhD, director of the UK Center for Drug and Alcohol Research and 2018 conference chair. 

This year's conference is held in conjunction with several college and center-specific programs:

  • ​34th Annual Bluegrass Chapter of Society for Neuroscience Spring Neuroscience Day
  • 37th Annual Symposium on Reproductive Science and Women's Health
  • UK ​College of Dentistry Research Day
  • UK College of Engineering Biomedical Research Day​
  • UK College of Health Sciences Research Day​
  • UK College of Nursing Scholarship Showcase
  • UK College of Public Health Research Day
  • UK MD/PhD Program Research Day

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More than 800 participants, with nearly 300 poster presentations, participated in last year's conference.