UAMS Surgeon to Lead NIH Study Section

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LITTLE ROCK – Martin Hauer-Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of surgery and pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been selected chairman of the Radiation Biology Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Study sections are panels of experts that review grant applications submitted for funding by scientists from around the United States. The Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review evaluates applications that deal specifically with ionizing radiation, radionuclides, electromagnetic radiation and heat at the molecular, cellular, organ and patient levels.


Hauer-Jensen previously served as a regular member on the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Section, as well as on other national and international review panels.


“Dr. Hauer-Jensen’s experience and research achievements make him a natural for this position, which offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort,” said UAMS College of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A. “We are pleased for his selection and view it also as recognition on a national level of the level of expertise and professionalism in the UAMS faculty.”


A native of Norway, Hauer-Jensen came to UAMS in 1990 as chief resident in the Department of Surgery. In addition to his College of Medicine appointment, he serves as a staff surgeon in the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System and director of the Cancer Survivorship Research Program in the Arkansas Cancer Research Center at UAMS.


“This appointment is a significant honor and recognition of the work done by my research group. I look forward to making a real contribution to radiation oncology and radiation biology by identifying the most meritorious research by the best scientists,” Hauer-Jensen said.


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 2,320 students and 690 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 $4.3 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 & Neurosciences Institute.