Behind the Blue: Lisa Cassis on UK's Remarkable Research

When we think of research, our minds may possibly conjure up an image of a scientist in a white coat, hunched over a lab table, pouring chemicals into beakers. But research takes a multitude of forms, and flourishes in many different fields. From clinical trials for new cancer medication, to composing and recording an album of original music, and even to studying and refining the most effective ways to cure a country ham. Research often leads us toward answering questions we didn’t even think to ask. 

At the forefront of research efforts at the University of Kentucky, is the construction of a brand-new, $265 million dollar, multidisciplinary research building. Expected to be completed in 2018, the space will be dedicated to addressing health challenges and disparities in Kentucky.

In this week's "Behind the Blue" podcast, UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis joined Amy Jones-Timoney and Kody Kiser of UK Public Relations and Marketing to discuss the new facility and the impact it will have on innovation and collaboration. Cassis talks about her personal journey into fields of research, the importance of bringing together viewpoints from different fields to drive new discoveries, the importance of clinical trials through UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and more.

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UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: uky.edu/uk4ky. #uk4ky #seeblue

MEDIA CONTACT:  Kody Kiser, 859-257-5282, kody.kiser@uky.edu; Amy Jones-Timoney, 859-257-2940, amy.jones2@uky.edu