June 4, 2020

Pioneering UAMS Study Warns of CBD Supplements’ Harm to Gut Health

David Robinson

Igor Koturbash, M.D., Ph.D., led the study finding that CBD can harm the gut microbiome.

LITTLE ROCK –  Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the University of Mississippi are warning in the first study of its kind that CBD supplements in high doses can be harmful to the gut microbiome. The study, “Potential Probiotic or Trigger of Gut Inflammation – the Janus-Faced Nature of Cannabidiol-Rich…


May 26, 2020

Free UAMS Science Camp Goes Zoom

David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK – Central Arkansas students from first through 12th grades will have plenty of opportunities this summer to participate in interactive science programs through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Although COVID-19 prevents in-person activities, UAMS’ Kevin D. Phelan, Ph.D., has devised a plan to offer three interactive ArkanSONO STEM (Science, Technology,…


Study Uses Digital Equipment to Monitor Heart Patients at Home

David Robinson

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN, with Steve Bruno, a heart attack survivor who is now part of the patient advisory board for the study Lefler is leading.

Steve Bruno worries every day about having another heart attack or stroke. The 62-year-old Sherwood resident is doing what he can to continue beating the odds since a simultaneous heart attack and stroke brought him to UAMS five years ago. Bruno is one of about 438,000 heart failure survivors in Arkansas. Nearly a quarter will…


May 12, 2020

Funded Training Announced for Three Early-Career Researchers

David Robinson

Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., and Brooks Gentry, M.D., co-leaders of the KL2 Program, here at the UAMS Translational Research Institute's fall 2019 Planning Retreat.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute has selected three early-career researchers to receive KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Awards. The KL2 program, co-led by Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., and Brooks Gentry, M.D., provides two years of research training to promising junior faculty. It provides 75 percent salary support and up to $25,000 per year for research, tuition,…


April 28, 2020

UAMS’ Laura James, M.D., Named to National Science Board

David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK — Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, has been elected to the national Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Board of Directors. She joins 13 other directors at large from Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program institutions across the United States. James has been director of the…


April 24, 2020

UAMS Names Time-Sensitive COVID-19 Grant Awardees

David Robinson

Collage of COVID Research Awardees

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Division of Research and Innovation today announced six recipients of its Time-Sensitive COVID-19 funding awards. The one-year grants of up to $50,000 each will enable the UAMS researchers and their collaborators to launch research projects that advance understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic, contribute to better clinical practices,…


April 14, 2020

$765,789 Grant to Focus on Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities

David Robinson

Mick Tilford, Ph.D., and Jonathan Bona, Ph.D., will lead the T32 Training Program.

LITTLE ROCK — A five-year, $765,789 grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ((UAMS) will support teaching graduate students advanced analytics to address racial and ethnic health disparities. The grant, from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), establishes the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities T32 Pre-doctoral Research Training Program….


April 13, 2020

UAMS Names Inaugural Research Academy Scholars

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation (above, file photo), and Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, announced the inaugural class of Research Academy Scholars.

An inaugural class of six UAMS faculty has been selected as Research Academy Scholars, a joint initiative of the UAMS Division of Research and Innovation and UAMS Translational Research Institute. The new scholars program includes the Mentored Grant-Writing Program, with training from a nationally recognized grant-writing expert and mentorship from UAMS faculty with strong track…


April 8, 2020

Seven Receive Inaugural Team Science Awards

David Robinson

Carolyn Greene, Ph.D., who directs TRI's Team Science Program, discusses the program at TRI's fall 2019 planning retreat.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute today announced its first Team Science Voucher Program recipients. The voucher program aims to increase the quantity, quality and effectiveness of cross-disciplinary research at UAMS. Awards of up to $50,000 went to seven UAMS teams from a pool of 26 applications. A study section (group) of 10 UAMS faculty reviewers…


March 31, 2020

Translational Research Institute Announces Inaugural Class of Data Scholars

David Robinson

(L-R) Nishank Jain, M.D., M.P.H., Margarete Kulik, Ph.D., M.Sc., and Yasir Rahmatallah, Ph.D., were selected as the inaugural class of Data Scholars.

The Translational Research Institute has selected three Data Scholars for its inaugural 2020-21 class. The institute’s Data Scholars Program supports UAMS faculty in learning and applying the principles and methods of data analytics and data sciences to inform clinical practice and policy. Scholars will pursue formal course work in addition to mentoring during their data-driven…



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