Thyroid Cancer Researcher Aime Franco, Ph.D., Joins UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

By Susan Van Dusen

In addition to research, Franco also serves on the American Association of Cancer Research’s (AACR) Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee that analyzes public issues of concern to cancer researchers and promotes federal funding for biomedical research.

She has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2009 AACR-Aflac Scholar-in-Training award to attend the 100th annual AACR meeting in Denver.

Franco received her postdoctoral degree in Human Oncology and Pathogenesis at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: 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, the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Translational Research Institute. Named best Little Rock metropolitan area hospital by U.S. News & World Report, it is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has more than 2,800 students and 775 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including about 1,000 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. Visit or