Leading Clinician-Scientist Joins UAMS Myeloma Institute

By Spencer Watson

Davies will develop a program focused on innovative targeted molecular therapeutics. She is recognized internationally for her interest in novel therapeutics and her expertise in the treatment of relapsed refractory disease.

“We welcome Dr. Faith Davies as a clinical physician, researcher and faculty member,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D. “The different facets of her work will ultimately touch on every aspect of the mission at UAMS.”

Davies has focused for nearly two decades on the biology and treatment of multiple myeloma. “I am very excited and grateful to be part of an institution that recognizes and emphasizes a personalized approach to medicine as keenly as I do, particularly in treating a disease as individually unique as myeloma,” she said.

Faith Davies, M.D.

Davies came to UAMS from the Institute of Cancer Research in London where she was a faculty member and the Royal Marsden Hospital in London where she was a consultant hematologist. She earned her medical degree at the University of Wales College of Medicine. She completed her general medical training in Cardiff and Birmingham and her hematology specialty training in Leeds and London.

Throughout her extensive career in the U.K., as well as during a travelling fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, her research has focused on potential new drugs and new genetic technologies and their applications to myeloma. Her laboratory-based studies investigated identification of genetic and biological prognostic markers of disease outcome and recognized that a number of the markers could be potential therapeutic targets.

At the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital, Davies’ laboratory work was aimed at identifying biologically based therapeutic targets in myeloma that are amenable to small molecule interventions and translating those laboratory findings into the clinical arena with a focus on individualized treatment. She initiated a drug discovery program to identify molecules for clinical investigation.

As scientific coordinator of two very large U.K. myeloma studies, Davies played an active role in translational research involving 4,000 newly diagnosed patients. Analysis of data collected led to the ability to sub-group myeloma, which in turn supported a personalized medicine approach. In a clinical capacity, Davies developed a dedicated hematology/oncology clinical trial unit for Phase I, II and III clinical trials in myeloma, and managed the autologous and allogeneic transplant program.

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