August 11, 2022

UAMS Researcher Co-Authors Nature Communications Article Showing Higher Heart Failure Rates in Some COVID-19 Patients

David Robinson

UAMS' Husam Salah, M.D., is lead author on the national study.

LITTLE ROCK — Patients previously hospitalized with COVID-19 had a 45% higher risk of heart failure than other hospitalized patients, according to the first national study of its kind, which was co-authored by a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher. Lead author Husam M. Salah, M.D., at UAMS said the findings reported in…


August 4, 2022

Community Finds Fun, Health Information at UAMS Midsouth Black Expo

David Robinson

Beatriz Mondragon with the Arkansas Minority Health Commission provides a health screening for Marcovous Williams during the UAMS Midsouth Black Expo.

With high school band music and cheerful chatter as a backdrop, Marcovous Williams got some sobering news about her health. A health check at one of the 80 vendor booths at the UA MS Midsouth Black Expo revealed that she had high blood pressure. “I came to get more information about my health,” said Williams,…


July 19, 2022

UAMS Researchers Publish Advances in Use of Noninvasive, Miniature Laser-Based Blood Scanner for Disease Identification

David Robinson

The journal Scientific Reports recently published the research findings of co-authors Vladimir Zharov, right, and James Y. Suen, left.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team has published new advances in its ability to detect cancer, infections and other medical conditions using a portable blood sensor that does not require needles or other invasive methods. Scientific Reports, a Nature Portfolio journal, published the work led by UAMS’ Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., D.Sc.,…


June 28, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Study Testing Rapid Genomic Surveillance for Antibiotic Resistant Infections

David Robinson

Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., discusses her TRI pilot award-supported findings with Fred Prior, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, at TRI Research Day in April.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study is developing real-time and accurate genomic methods that can be used routinely to deliver life-saving information to doctors treating antibiotic-resistant infections. Backed by a two-year, $418,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grant, UAMS’ Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., says the…


June 27, 2022

UAMS’ Eric Peterson, Ph.D., Named Executive Vice President of BioVentures LLC

David Robinson

Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Eric Peterson, Ph.D., has been named executive vice president of BioVentures LLC at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Peterson is chair of the UAMS Patent and Copyright Committee and is an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. As executive vice president, he will…


June 7, 2022

UAMS, CAVHS Studying Health Effects of Arkansas Veterans’ Exposure to Burn Pits in Middle East

David Robinson

U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group view burn pit at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2008.

LITTLE ROCK — More than 300 Arkansas veterans will become part of a new study conducted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) to determine if exposure to open pit burning and molecular-level changes are associated with chronic health conditions. The Department of Veterans Affairs…


June 2, 2022

UAMS Study First to Test When Common Arsenic Exposures Are Most Likely to Cause Male Infertility in Offspring

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., and Yuet-Kin "Ricky" Leung, Ph.D., are leading the five-year, $2.54 million arsenic study.

LITTLE ROCK — In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will test when exposure to inorganic arsenic —  a common, harmful environmental toxin — is most likely to lead to infertility traits that may last for generations. The study, supported by a five-year, $2.54 million…


May 31, 2022

TRI Announces Nine KL2 Scholars for 2022-2023

David Robinson

A medical doctor touching the electronic medical record on a tablet.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute’s KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholars Program announced nine new scholars for 2022-2023, its largest-ever class. These promising early-career researchers receive two years of funded support and mentored translational research training. The program selects scholars through a competitive application process and provides 75% salary support and up to $25,000 a…


May 26, 2022

Four UAMS Faculty Receive 2022 Provost’s Innovator Awards

David Robinson

The awardees are Lisa Brents, Ph.D., Lyle Burdine, M.D., Ph.D., Craig Forrest, Ph.D., and Gresham Richter, M.D.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) announced four UAMS faculty as recipients of the Provost’s Innovator Awards. The awards were established by Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., UAMS provost and chief strategy officer, and Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Research and Innovation. The grants of $25,000 each support groundbreaking, innovative, high-impact projects that…


May 23, 2022

UAMS Begins Final Study of First Rapid Test for Acetaminophen Toxicity with $3.2 Million Grant

David Robinson

Laura James, M.D., hopes the final phase of research will lead to FDA approval of the rapid test for acetaminophen toxicity.

The first rapid diagnostic test for acetaminophen toxicity has cleared a major hurdle on its long road to the marketplace from UAMS.



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