March 10, 2021

UAMS Records $38.8 Million in Research Support to Combat COVID-19

David Robinson

COVID-19-related grants have supported UAMS research from the laboratory to the community. Left, Karl Boehme, Ph.D., is part of a large team of researchers conducting antibody testing statewide. Right, COVID-19 testing by the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus.

LITTLE ROCK — Since last year’s arrival of COVID-19, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have received nearly $38.8 million, primarily from state and federal sources, to help combat the disease. The state of Arkansas has provided $16.9 million, or 43.4% of the funds, while federal dollars have totaled $19.2 million,…


March 4, 2021

UAMS Researchers to Test Conway Wastewater, Patients for COVID-19 Variants of Concern

David Robinson

UAMS' David Ussery, Ph.D., hopes a pilot study of genomic testing for SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater and COVID-19 patients will lead to more substantial testing across Arkansas.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers are taking steps to identify genetic variants that make COVID-19 more contagious. Arkansas this week identified its first patient with the more infectious United Kingdom virus variant; it has yet to see other more contagious variants from South Africa and Brazil. “We previously had not found variants…


February 22, 2021

UAMS, Hendrix Partnership Gives Undergraduate Students Research ‘Immersion’ Opportunity

David Robinson

The UAMS-Hendrix partnership is teaching undergrads about translational research and involving them in an ongoing research project. Top row, l-r: Laura James, M.D., Andres Caro, Ph.D., and Clare Nesmith, M.D. Bottom row, students Emilie Cassar, Savannah Wiegel and Allison Long.

Through a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Hendrix College students have a unique opportunity to address a critical human health issue in the new Clinical and Translational Research Immersion (CTRI) Program. Andres Caro, Ph.D., a professor of chemistry at Hendrix, is leading the educational components of the program in collaboration…


Broadband Grants up to $75,000 Remain Available to Rural Arkansas Communities through UAMS

David Robinson

Grants aim to make broadband more available to rural Arkansas communities.

LITTLE ROCK — Grants of up to $75,000 each are available to help rural Arkansas communities apply for federal grants and loans to make broadband accessible to their residents. Last year, $2 million was allocated as part of the Rural Broadband I.D. Expenses Trust Fund Grant. The program is funded by the state’s Restricted Reserve…


January 29, 2021

Four UAMS Researchers Receive Inaugural Provost’s Innovator Awards

David Robinson

Four UAMS Researchers Receive Inaugural Provost Innovator Awards

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) today announced four UAMS faculty as recipients of the inaugural Provost’s Innovator Awards. Established by the Office of the Provost and the Division of Research and Innovation, the grants of $25,000 each support groundbreaking, innovative, high-impact projects that are likely to establish new clinical approaches or achieve…


January 12, 2021

Nature Article Highlights UAMS Effort to Share COVID-19 Images on National Cancer Database

David Robinson

Fred Prior, Ph.D., is principal investigator for The Cancer Imaging Archive.

LITTLE ROCK — Data experts with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have uploaded clinical images of COVID-19 patients to a publically available national database that scientists can use in researching the disease and its impact in a global pandemic. Initial findings were published in the journal Nature, Scientific Data that describe de-identified…


January 8, 2021

Employee at UAMS East Regional Campus Earns MVP Award for Compassion, Good Deeds

David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK — A phone call by Helena-West Helena’s Sharon Martin to discuss a UAMS diabetes study quickly turned into a call for her compassionate action. As part of her UAMS job, Martin talks to many Arkansans who are struggling, but the recent call with an elderly Little Rock woman was different. Based at the…


January 6, 2021

Local Volunteer Aims to Increase Dementia Awareness

David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK – A campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around dementia is underway with the support of the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at UAMS. The AGEC is hosting a virtual ‘Dementia Friends’ Information Session on January 12th and is looking for community members to join in learning about dementia and…


December 15, 2020

UAMS Using Artificial Intelligence to Study Heart Motion, Improve Treatments

David Robinson

His recently published book, "Machine Learning in Cardiovascular Medicine," coincides with Subhi Al'Aref's, M.D., NIH-funded heart study using artificial intelligence. (image credit, Elsevier)

LITTLE ROCK — UAMS cardiologist and researcher Subhi J. Al’Aref, M.D., is developing methods that use artificial intelligence  to analyze heart motion in 4-D (3-D plus time dimension), which could save doctors time and give them better information for more effective treatments of certain heart patients. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant of $757,749…


December 1, 2020

Robin Liston, M.P.H., Joins UAMS Translational Research Institute as Executive Director

David Robinson

Robin Liston, M.P.H., has joined the UAMS Translational Research Institute as executive director.

LITTLE ROCK — Robin Liston, M.P.H., has joined the UAMS Translational Research Institute as executive director. Liston was previously assistant administrative director at Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Kansas City, Kansas. As executive director, Liston oversees all TRI staff and services to UAMS researchers and will serve as a liaison to…



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