July 3, 2008

UAMS’ Roberson Selected National Institutes of Health Panel

LITTLE ROCK – Paula K. Roberson, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Biostatistics in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine and Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, has been invited to serve as a member of a panel that reviews grant applications submitted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


 


Roberson will serve a four-year term, beginning July 1, on the Clinical Oncology Study Section in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. The study sections review and make recommendations on grant applications and survey the status of research in their fields of science.


 


Roberson joined the UAMS faculty in 1993 as an associate professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. She later served as director of biostatistics in the Arkansas Cancer Research Center and as a professor in the Department of Biostatistics. She was named chairman of the Department of Biostatistics in 2004.


 


Roberson is a fellow in the American Statistical Association and chaired the organization’s Council of Chapters in 1998. She also is a member of the International Biometric Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She previously was a member of numerous NIH study sections, site visit teams or special review committees.


 


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,538 students and 733 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is one of the state’s largest public employers with about 9,600 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $5 billion a year. Visit www.uams.edu.