October 4, 2023

UAMS-Sponsored Health & Wellness Expo Delivers Free Screenings, Entertainment

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Monica Smith, representing the UAMS Translational Research Institute, helped expo attendees join the ARresearch registry of potential research volunteers.

The 2023 Health and Wellness Expo, held Sept. 30 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock, drew nearly 500 Arkansans for the half-day event. The free annual event, sponsored by UAMS Health and presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, was a big draw with free health screenings, presentations from UAMS physicians, and other health-related…


September 25, 2023

UAMS Division of Research and Innovation Engages Researchers at Orientation and Administrative Showcase

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Christy Simecka, DACLAM, D.V.M., (front left), director, Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine, speaks with Susan Steelman, MLIS, AHIP; and (back left) Kerrey Roberto, director, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, talks to Dirk Haselow, M.D.

UAMS research faculty got to hear directly from Division of Research and Innovation staff during a fun and informative afternoon that featured brief presentations and concluded with a poster session and reception with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.


August 21, 2023

UAMS’ Andrew Morris, Ph.D., Recognized with Prestigious VA Research Career Scientist Award

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Andrew Morris, Ph.D., has received the prestigious Research Career Scientist Award from the VA Office of Research and Development.

UAMS and Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher Andrew Morris, Ph.D., has received the prestigious Research Career Scientist Award from the VA Office of Research and Development. The designation is for established researchers who have distinguished themselves through scientific achievements and substantial contributions to the VA research community. Morris is the UAMS Mehta/Stebbins Chair in Cardiovascular Research…


June 27, 2023

UAMS Bone Research Center Secures Second NIH Grant of Over $11 Million

David Robinson

Team members of the UAMS Center for Musculoskeletal Disease Research include:, front row: Jinhu Xiong M.D., Ph.D., Amy Sato, Ph.D., Jesus Delgado-Calle, Ph.D.; second row: Janeelle Whitfield, Melda Onal, Ph.D., Qiang Fu, M.D., Ph.D.; third row: Charles O’Brien, Ph.D., Maria Almeida, Ph.D., Roy Morello, Ph.D.; back row: Intawat Nookaew, Ph.D., Ha-neui Kim, Ph.D., and Elena Ambrogini, M.D., Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A federal grant of more than $11 million will provide five additional years of support to the Center for Musculoskeletal Disease Research led by Charles O’Brien, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The $11.5 million Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Phase 2 grant from the National Institute…


June 19, 2023

JAMA Health Forum Publishes UAMS Researcher’s Novel Model for Ranking Biomedical Research Priorities

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Laura Gressler, Ph.D., is first author on the JAMA publication.

LITTLE ROCK — In a new study led by UAMS’ Laura Gressler, Ph.D., researchers presented a novel model to help research funding agencies and groups prioritize their funding for various health conditions. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Health Forum and included co-authors from the U.S. Department of…


June 7, 2023

JAMA Publishes UAMS Study of Digital Health Visits for Prenatal Care Before, During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

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Hari Eswaran, Ph.D. (left) and Mahip Acharya, Ph.D., led the digital health study.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study has found that COVID-19 sparked a big jump in the use of digital health services for prenatal care that remained higher than pre-pandemic levels through late 2021. Published in JAMA Network Open, the study using a national database showed that telehealth use during…


June 5, 2023

UAMS’ Antiño Allen, Ph.D., Receives Radiation Research Society Award

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Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D., is the 2023 recipient of the Michael Fry Award from the Radiation Research Society.


June 1, 2023

Six Early-Career UAMS Researchers Receive KL2 Scholar Awards

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The 2023-2024 KL2 Scholars are (l-r, clockwise from top): Mary “Katy” Allison, Michail Mavros, Brian D. Piccolo, Megha Sharma, Ankita Shukla and Alicja Urbaniak.

Six early-career researchers have been selected to receive two years of funded translational research training and support in the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Awards Program. The promising junior faculty researchers were selected for the 2023-2024 program through a competitive application process. KL2 scholars receive two years of mentored…


May 24, 2023

UAMS-TRI Training Program Helps Postdocs Develop Entrepreneurial Spirit, Form Competition-Winning Pharmaceutical Startup

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Megan Reed, Ph.D. (left), and Julia Tobacyk, Ph.D., formed the company Pediatrica Therapeutics.

Only two years ago, the idea of commercializing their future research discoveries was a novel concept for Julia Tobacyk, Ph.D., and Megan Reed, Ph.D. Today they can say they created a startup company as postdoctoral fellows in the Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) training program, which is the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National…


May 23, 2023

UAMS Surgeons Implant Innovative Device Developed by I3R Researchers to Restore Sense of Touch after Amputation

David Robinson

Erika Petersen, M.D., seated, pauses to look at a monitor as the surgery begins with (l-r) John Bracey, M.D., Brooke Elberson, M.D., Ph.D., Bridgette Vinyard-Hartwick, and Mark Tait, M.D. (photo by Evan Lewis)

LITTLE ROCK — The first Arkansan and only second person in the world has received an innovative prosthetic hand, developed by researchers at the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I³R), that restores a meaningful sense of touch and grip force following surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The lengthy and…



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