Education and Training


May 3, 2022

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Celebrates Student Research at Symposium

Marty Trieschmann

Cancer Institute Director Michael Birrer and a student

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute held its first Celebration of Student Discovery Symposium April 14 for over 30 students, teachers, and some family members from Little Rock Central High School and LISA Academy West interested in cancer research. Students who won or placed in the regional and state science fairs were invited to…


March 16, 2022

Study Puts More Than 50 UAMS Faculty Among Top 2% of Influential Researchers

David Robinson

Shuk Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation, said the lengthy list of influential UAMS faculty is a testament to the institution’s high priority for research.

LITTLE ROCK — A study by Stanford University lists over 50 current and retired UAMS faculty among the top 2% of most influential researchers. The study is based on an analysis of Scopus, the largest database of peer-reviewed research literature. To determine the most influential researchers, the study authors used a combination of citation metrics…


March 2, 2022

High School Student Earns Spot on UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Anu Iyer, a junior at Little Rock Central High School, was invited to join a UAMS research team studying Parkinson's disease.

When a UAMS Parkinson’s disease research project needed someone with machine learning expertise, Fred Prior, Ph.D., asked Anu Iyer if she would be interested. It would have been a routine invitation among researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), but Iyer is a junior at Little Rock’s Central High School. Prior, Iyer’s…


January 18, 2022

UAMS Webinar to Highlight New HPV Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines

Marty Trieschmann

UAMS Cervical Cancer Webinar

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Health Initiatives and Disparities Research will host a public webinar, “Getting Back on Track After the Impact of COVID-19: HPV Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Screening Guideline Updates,” on Friday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. In addition to new recommended screening guidelines by the American Cancer…


January 6, 2022

Kirk West, Ph.D., Receives American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship

Marty Trieschmann

Kirk West, Ph.D., UAMS' first recipient of the American Cancer Society's Postdoctoral Fellowship

Kirk West, Ph.D., a Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute researcher, is the first UAMS scientist to be awarded the prestigious American Cancer Society (ACS) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Only 14% of ACS fellowships are funded from a nationwide pool of applicants. The three-year fellowship will help fund West’s research on the role of LC8-TLK1/2 axis in the…


December 2, 2021

Ashley County Cares Donations to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Near $500,000

Marty Trieschmann

Ashley County Cares Donation to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received $36,000 in additional funding from nonprofit Ashley County Cares (ACC) to further the institute’s statewide cancer prevention, treatment and research programs. The donation, presented Nov. 18 by Ashley County Cares co-directors Donna Shields and Bernice Nelms to Michael J….


November 15, 2021

Pioneering Researcher Returns to UAMS Myeloma Center

Linda Haymes

“Dr. Shaughnessy’s return to UAMS expands and strengthens our research and subsequent treatment here at the Myeloma Center,” said Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, director of research at the Myeloma Center.

John D. Shaughnessy, Jr., Ph.D., has rejoined the Myeloma Center in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a principal staff scientist and professor of medicine. “It feels great to be back,” said Shaughnessy, whose research is focused on developing new targeted therapies for multiple myeloma,…


October 28, 2021

UAMS Researchers See 12% Increase in Grant Funding for FY2021

David Robinson

As UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation, Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., oversees the institution's research enterprise.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its affiliate research institutions saw research funding grow by 12.2% this past year, with $177.4 million in grants by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It is the second consecutive year with double-digit increases in research funding that comes from…


July 6, 2021

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Hosts First Summer Research Intensive for Medical Students

Marty Trieschmann

The NIH-funded Partners in Cancer Research Program is underway at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Second-year medical students learning clinical and in-depth cancer research this summer include (l to r) Nadia Safar, Anna Bragg, Pamela Rosales, Payton Smith, Carl Ramponi, Faizan Cheema, Tom Kelly, M.D. (associate director of Cancer Research and Training), Angel Castro, Robert Kiss, Delanie Mack, Sangeetha Sonney and Claire Keisling. Matthew Newman is not pictured.

New discoveries in cancer treatment might come from 24-year-old Nadia Safar, one of 12 UAMS medical students participating in the state’s first and only undergraduate cancer research program at the 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…



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