October 27, 2020

UAMS Lincoln Project Aims to Reduce Prevalence of Heart Disease through Grassroots

Amy Widner

“Heart disease is about lifestyle – habits are more impactful than heredity,” said Irion “Chip” Pursell, M.P.H., RN, B.S.N., and director of Cardiology Research in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine. Laura Bourdie is research operations manager for the UAMS Lincoln Project.

A million people in Arkansas are living with heart disease – that’s a third of the population – and it puts them at risk for health complications and early death. Exactly why this is the case and how it can be addressed in a holistic way long before these Arkansans end up in an emergency…


October 21, 2020

Two Toxicology Ph.D. Students Earn Inaugural Distinguished Scholarship

Amy Widner

Brian Parks and Lance Benson at a virtual meeting for the scholarship recipients.

UAMS Graduate School Ph.D. students Lance Benson and Brian Parks have been named the inaugural Dr. Glenn and Lori Millner Distinguished Scholars in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Millner earned his Ph.D. from the UAMS Graduate School in 1988 from what was then called the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. In 1997, he and colleagues founded their company, Center…


October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Amy Widner

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…


October 16, 2020

Study by UAMS Researchers Finds Low Risk of COVID-19 Infection from Hospital

Amy Widner

Nurse in PPE

People who had recently been in the hospital were 24 times less likely to develop a COVID-19 infection than the general population, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers found in a study that used data from 45 hospitals. The study focused on people who had been in the hospital for conditions not related…


October 14, 2020

UAMS Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen Granted Patent for Device To Treat Head, Neck and Facial Pain

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Petersen

Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been granted a patent for a nerve stimulator specifically designed to treat chronic pain and migraines in hard-to-treat areas like the head and face. Petersen’s efforts to patent and develop the device have been supported by BioVentures, LLC, a technology…


October 13, 2020

Rodney Davis, M.D., Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Arkansas Urologic Society

Amy Widner

Dr. Davis with award

Rodney Davis, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Urology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received the Headstream Memorial Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Arkansas Urologic Society. Davis is an internationally recognized expert in minimally invasive techniques to treat urologic malignancies. He has made innumerable contributions since his…


October 7, 2020

UAMS Researcher Patents Tool to Study How to Improve Kidney Transplants

Amy Widner

Group photo of Dr. MacMillan-Crow's lab

A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has patented a research tool she hopes will bring scientists one step closer to making more kidneys available for lifesaving transplants. More than 100,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list each year for kidney transplants, according to the National Kidney…


September 28, 2020

Virtual UAMS Family Medicine Update Set for Oct. 20-23

Amy Widner

The 24th annual Family Medicine Update at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will offer up to 16 hours of online continuing education Oct. 20-23 for family physicians, Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists and certified health educators. The conference is completely…


Rodrigo Valdes-Rodriguez, M.D., Joins UAMS as Dermatologist

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Valdes

Rodrigo Valdes-Rodriguez, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a dermatologist. Valdes-Rodriguez sees patients with all types of dermatology concerns in the Dermatology Clinic in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Valdes-Rodriguez is an assistant professor in the departments of Dermatology and Pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine….


September 22, 2020

Raj B. Patel Joins UAMS as Fellowship-Trained Kidney, Liver Transplant Surgeon

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Patel

Raj B. Patel, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a fellowship-trained kidney and liver transplant surgeon. Patel sees patients at the UAMS Health Kidney Transplant Clinic and Liver Transplant Clinic in the Outpatient Center on the main UAMS campus in Little Rock. Patel is also an assistant professor in…



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