July 17, 2019

UAMS Translational Research Institute Launches Entrepreneurship Training Program with University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

David Robinson

Astha Malhotra, Ph.D., discusses her research in 3-D printing and tissue regeneration during a kick-off meeting of the entrepreneurship training program.

A first-of-its-kind entrepreneurship training program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will teach its most promising young innovators how to move their health-science technologies into the marketplace. The UAMS Translational Research Institute kicked off the program with the announcement of its first four postdoctoral trainees in the Health Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship…


July 3, 2019

NIH Awards Five-Year, $24.2 Million Grant to UAMS Translational Research Institute

David Robinson

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute announced today it will receive five years of federal funding totaling $24.2 million to accelerate research that addresses Arkansas’ biggest health challenges. The Translational Research Institute helps researchers turn their ideas and findings into new medical treatments and other health interventions. Its focus is…


NIH Awards Five-Year, $24.2 Million Grant to UAMS Translational Research Institute

David Robinson

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, left, listens to Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute after both of them announced $24.2 million in new funding for the institute.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute announced today it will receive five years of federal funding totaling $24.2 million to accelerate research that addresses Arkansas’ biggest health challenges. The Translational Research Institute helps researchers turn their ideas and findings into new medical treatments and other health interventions. Its focus is…


June 19, 2019

New UAMS Biomedical Informatics Program Has First Graduate

David Robinson

Dina Elsayed

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) made history this spring with its first Master of Science graduate in biomedical informatics/translational bioinformatics. Biomedical informatics professionals use computational tools to learn from medical and public health information to improve human health. As one of the program’s first enrollees, Dina Elsayed was aware she would be…


May 31, 2019

UAMS, Governor Celebrate Clinical Trials Day

David Robinson

Betty Fortner, a cancer survivor and clinical trial participant, briefly told her story to Gov. Asa Hutchinson and UAMS and ACRI research leaders during a photo opportunity for Clinical Trials Day.

A celebration of Clinical Trials Day was a chance for Gov. Asa Hutchinson to shake hands with UAMS researchers and hear the story of Betty Fortner, a cancer survivor and clinical research advocate.


May 29, 2019

UAMS, International Collaborators Use FDA-Approved Drugs to Extend Life in Worms

David Robinson

Robert Reis, D.Phil., led the UAMS team that helped identify FDA-approved drugs that can extend life in nematodes

An international research collaboration that includes the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has discovered that aging in nematodes (worms) can be slowed and even reversed by a number of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs, findings that have the potential to extend human lifespan. The study findings are published in Scientific Reports. The…


May 21, 2019

UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries Celebrates Garcia-Rill Legacy

David Robinson

Center for Translational Neuroscience Director Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., with Vice Chancellor for Research Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.

The UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries on May 15 was a celebration of UAMS’ first Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), which brought in more than $21 million in research funding to UAMS over the last 15 years. UAMS’ Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., secured the COBRE funding to establish the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN). The program…


May 8, 2019

Community Scientist Academy Graduates First High School Class

David Robinson

Students in the Little Rock School District's Excel Program were the first high school students to graduate from the Community Scientist Academy.

Shanell Young, a senior at Little Rock Parkview, wasn’t sure what to expect during the spring 2019 UAMS Translational Research Institute Community Scientist Academy. After receiving her graduation certificate at a UAMS ceremony, she went to the lectern to share her takeaways. “What people actually refer to as research nowadays is really just googling,” she…


April 2, 2019

Garcia-Rill Closing Out Successful 15-Year NIH Grant, Distinguished Career

David Robinson

For Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., successful leadership of the Center for Translational Neuroscience includes his many honors for mentorship of early-career researchers.

After 50 years as a biomedical researcher, Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D., is close to hanging up his lab coat. When he does, he’ll look back on the last 15 years as the most rewarding of his distinguished career. “It will be like retiring after winning the Super Bowl,” said the UAMS professor in the Department of…


February 27, 2019

UAMS Researchers Lead First Rapid Sequencing of Multiple Viruses Using Pocket-Sized Device

David Robinson

Thidathip (Tip) Wongsurawat, Ph.D., with the hand-held nanopore device used for the first time to sequence multiple viruses.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the first to deploy a pocket-sized nanopore device for rapid genetic sequencing of multiple human viruses. The findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, the world’s most cited microbiology journal. UAMS’ Thidathip (Tip) Wongsurawat, Ph.D., and Piroon…



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