Research Priorities Initiative Update

Research Priorities Initiative Update


I’m Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis,
and I’d like to tell you briefly about the UK Research Priorities Initiative. The university’s Strategic Plan charged
UK Research with investing in existing strengths and areas of growth that benefit and enrich
the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond. We selected six areas in which we have strength in funding and scholarly activity that spans across multiple disciplines and are thus poised to expand. Four of these six areas will have research teams in the new Healthy Kentucky Research Building. These four are substance abuse, cancer, diabetes and obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Energy and neuroscience
complete our priority areas. As part of this initiative, we are using strategic
investment funds to seed innovative collaborative research and help investigators secure additional
federal funding. More than $2.5 million will be distributed across these priority areas,
and this year an additional $1 million will support substance abuse and opioid-related
projects because of the great needs within our state. We know that in solving Kentucky’s challenges, we attack global problems. Together we can
bring a brighter future for our communities.

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