Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

September 27, 2023

UAMS, Arkansas Children’s, Baptist Health and Proton International Open State’s First Proton Center

Marty Trieschmann

people ringing bells

The Proton Center of Arkansas opened today at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), becoming the first proton therapy center in Arkansas and only the 43rd in the nation to provide the most advanced cancer radiation treatment in the world. Proton therapy is a cutting-edge form of radiation that uses positively charged proton…

September 25, 2023

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

David Robinson

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.

September 8, 2023

‘Everything Got Better,’ after Coming to UAMS, says Leukemia Lymphoma Patient

Marty Trieschmann

a large family posing for a photo on the beach

By the time Thomas Wages arrived at UAMS on February 15, 2022, he had been through one cancer diagnosis and 13 types of intensive chemotherapy. He was 70. The active father of four was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) in 2008, devastating news that came during one of the happiest times of his life….

August 28, 2023

Hematologist Ankur Varma, M.D., Joins UAMS Stem Cell Transplant, Cellular Therapy Team

Marty Trieschmann

Male doctor in a physician's white coat standing in front of a white background

Ankur Varma, M.D.,MPH, has joined the Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Therapy Team in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), where he is treating patients with blood cancer. Board-certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology, Varma joins Arkansas’ only adult stem cell transplant and cellular…

August 8, 2023

Harold Dean Named Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year

Nathan Tidwell

Harold Dean

LITTLE ROCK — Harold Dean, MSW, social work program manager for the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Hematology-Oncology Social Worker of the Year. Dean received the award during the Association of Oncology Social Work annual conference June 19-21 in New Orleans….

August 3, 2023

UAMS’ Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Contributes to Major Ovarian Cancer Discovery; Findings Published in Cell

Marty Trieschmann

Dr. Michael Birrer standing in the lobby of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS

The Birrer Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute helped discover a proteogenomic signature in ovarian cancer that may improve the way the disease is treated around the world. The discovery, which identifies a 64-protein-gene signature that can predict primary treatment resistance in patients with high grade…

August 1, 2023

National Cancer Institute Awards UAMS Researchers $2.26 Million to Continue Multiple Myeloma Study

Nathan Tidwell

Bellido, Delgado-Calle

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers Teresita Bellido, Ph.D., and Jesus Delgado-Calle, Ph.D., recently received a five-year, $2.26 million continuation award from the National Cancer Institute. Bellido is a professor and chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology in the UAMS College of Medicine, while Delgado-Calle is an…

July 31, 2023

UAMS Internship Program Enlists Students in the Fight Against Cancer

Marty Trieschmann

Group of medical students standing together

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is getting medical students involved in the fight against cancer. For the third summer, UAMS hosted 12 medical students at its main campus in Little Rock for an eight-week internship experience. Supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Partnership in Cancer Research (PCAR), the…

July 19, 2023

UAMS Performs 1,000th Gamma Tile Brain Surgery in U.S.

Marty Trieschmann

doctor performing surgery

UAMS neurosurgeon Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and radiation oncologist Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D., successfully performed the 1,000th Gamma Tile brain surgery in the United States last month. Gamma Tile is a fairly new surgical procedure in which a thin collagen tile infused with radiation is embedded in the tumor cavity immediately after a brain tumor…

July 18, 2023

UAMS Opens New Radiation Oncology Center; Proton Therapy Coming Soon

Marty Trieschmann

UAMS leaders, Little Rock mayor and Arkansas Governor cut a ceremonial red ribbon

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute opened a new Radiation Oncology Center today with expanded capabilities to provide advanced radiation treatments for children and adults with cancer, including the state’s first Proton Center. The $65 million, 58,000-square-foot structure at 3900 W. Capitol Ave. in Little Rock was built…

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