Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


April 19, 2021

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Recognizes 2 Little Rock Central High Students

Linda Haymes

Anu Iyer and Amna Khan were recently recognized for their cancer-related science fair projects with the inaugural inaugural Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Special Award for Outstanding Cancer Research at the Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair

LITTLE ROCK —The inaugural Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Special Award for Outstanding Cancer Research at the Arkansas State Science and Engineering Fair was recently presented to Little Rock Central High School students Amna Khan and Anu Iyer for the cancer research they each presented at this year’s fair. The award recognizes a student or…


April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.


April 6, 2021

UAMS Researchers Named Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, Fellow

Susan Van Dusen

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., (left) and Alan Tackett, Ph.D., have been honored by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). The group named Yeh an ARA Scholar and Tackett an ARA Fellow.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that two researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be joining their ranks.


Kelly Named Associate Director for Cancer Research Training and Education at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Linda Haymes

Thomas J. Kelly Jr., Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Cancer researcher Thomas J. Kelly Jr., Ph.D., has been named associate director for cancer research training and education at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Kelly is an associate professor of pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pathology and will…


April 5, 2021

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Unveils New Breast Center

Susan Van Dusen

Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, M.D., (left) shows off the new UAMS Breast Center to Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.; Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D.; and other staff at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — A spacious new center offering comprehensive breast imaging services opened today in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


March 24, 2021

Four UAMS Cancer Institute Scientists Receive Research Grants

Susan Van Dusen

Seeds of Science grant awardees

Four researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to newly awarded $50,000 grants, which were announced in a virtual ceremony March 11. Presented annually since 2009, the Seeds of Science pilot grant awards assist cancer researchers in collecting data and developing projects that have the potential to result…


March 22, 2021

Friends Travel Miles, Bring Smiles as Myeloma Patient Begins Treatment

Linda Haymes

Friends of myeloma patient Christie Mink, 51, of Jonesboro traveled to UAMS in Little Rock to welcome her and her husband Jeffery in an emotional display of support.

On her first day of treatment at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center, Christie Mink returned from a lunch break with husband Jeffery to find one sweet treat awaiting her just outside the doors of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Eight friends, all wearing black T-shirts emblazoned with “Her fight…


March 18, 2021

UAMS’ Justin Leung, Ph.D., Receives $1.47 million Grant from National Cancer Institute to Study DNA Damage Regulation

Linda Haymes

Justin Leung, Ph.D., (front and center with his team), a researcher with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, has been awarded a $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant to study DNA.

LITTLE ROCK — A five-year, $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant has been awarded to researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study DNA repair. Leung’s project is a collaboration with Robert Eoff, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the UAMS College…


March 3, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute Expands Research with Addition of 10 Faculty

Susan Van Dusen

cancer research lab

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added 10 research faculty, significantly expanding the institute’s cancer research programs.


March 1, 2021

Arkansas Legislators Donate Funds to Support Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s Quest for NCI Designation

Linda Haymes

Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented an oversized check for $2,021 to Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS during a noon presentation Feb. 25 at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Two years after Arkansas legislators passed legislation supporting UAMS’ efforts to expand its cancer research and treatment efforts, a group of legislators reaffirmed their commitment with personal donations. Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented…



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