Larry Milne of UAMS Elected to NSBRI Board of Directors

By todd

LITTLE ROCK – Larry D. Milne, Ph.D., vice chancellor for academic affairs and research administration at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI).


The NSBRI, funded by NASA, is a consortium of institutions led by Baylor College of Medicine that study the health risks related to long-duration space flight and develop countermeasures to mitigate the risks. The institute’s research and education program takes place at more than 70 institutions across the United States.


“Dr. Milne’s experience in pharmacological research, combined with extensive service on leading academic boards and in research organizations and committees dedicated to improving drug research and rehabilitation efforts, makes him a valuable addition to the board,” said Bobby R. Alford, M.D., NSBRI board chairman and chief executive officer.


Milne is president of the Associated Universities for Toxicology Research and Education, a national consortium of more than 35 universities developed to promote research and educational activities in toxicology.  He has been involved in academic administration for more than 20 years.  Prior to his time at UAMS, he was associate dean and professor of medicinal chemistry for the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy. 


Milne is a registered pharmacist and member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy – Council of Deans, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, National Community of Pharmacy Association and the American Pharmaceutical Association, among others. He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Kansas and earned his doctorate in medicinal chemistry from the University of Iowa.


Established in 1997 through a NASA competition, NSBRI projects address space flight health concerns such as radiation exposure, bone and muscle loss, cardiovascular changes, immune alterations, infection, balance problems, sleep disturbances, nutrition requirements, fitness, rehabilitation, remote-medical treatment systems, and neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors.


Milne also recently was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Winthrop Rockefeller Center of the University of Arkansas System, a nonprofit organization funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Trust. The Winthrop Rockefeller Center on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton will serve as an academic conference center for the university system, of which UAMS is a part.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute.