February 19, 2020

UAMS Breast Cancer Survivors Honored at Little Rock Trojans Pink Game

Susan Van Dusen

breast cancer survivors

Kristina Payne wants to show the world there is life after breast cancer. “It’s scary, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Payne, a three-year survivor and access manager at UAMS.

Free Dementia Training Now Offered Online

Katrina Dupins

First responders

UAMS police and others are taking advantage of a free newly available online course to improve interactions when they come in contact with older Arkansans who have dementia. The course is provided by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at UAMS. Laura Spradley, an outreach coordinator for AGEC, says the training allows officers to not…

February 18, 2020

Family and Baby Stay Close with Ronald McDonald Family Room

Katrina Dupins

Emily & children

Emily and Michael Baker are no novices when it comes to being the parent of a premature baby. Their daughter, Isabella, 3, and son, Bradley who is nearly 2, are both graduates of the UAMS neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). And now their son Joshua, born Jan. 14 at 28 weeks and 2 days, is…

February 13, 2020

First UAMS TEDx Talks Generate Excitement, Appreciation

Yavonda Chase

The 10 TEDxUAMS presenters and some of team that put on the event celebrate on stage at the end of the day.

TED talks focus on “ideas worth spreading.”
That philosophy was on display Feb. 7 as UAMS held its first ever TEDx talks in its Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.

February 11, 2020

Car Crash Leads to Discovery of Brain Tumor, Now in Remission

Katrina Dupins

Matthew Koshinksi

Matthew Koshinski believes the car crash he was in two years ago saved his life. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2018, he wasn’t feeling his best. But the 22-year-old supervisor at UPS went in to work anyway. “I didn’t think much of it. I just thought I’d push through it.” He ended up leaving…

February 10, 2020

Poison and Drug Information Center at UAMS Inspires Career Choices

Ben Boulden

Josh Harper, Pharm.D., a certified specialist in poison information, takes a call while working in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center.

Spending a month last May in the Arkansas Poison and Drug Information Center helped Masha Yemets, a UAMS College of Pharmacy student, define the career path she wants to follow. Yemets, who graduates in May, spent that month answering calls in the center from a broad cross-section of the public. “I had an inkling I…

February 7, 2020

Proteomics Symposium Draws Leaders from Across the Country

Susan Van Dusen

proteomics workshop

To conduct biomedical research, scientists must be able to identify, analyze and compare proteins in biological samples. This complex process requires facilities – known as proteomics cores – that house the specialized equipment and highly trained staff required for such a task.

February 4, 2020

Benton Woman Put Opioids Behind Her with UAMS’ Help

Tim Taylor


After 10 years of abusing drugs, Patrisha Pettus was prepared to die. “I actually thought my addiction was going to kill me,” said Pettus, 35. “I had accepted it, I was waiting to die.” Pettus’ drug of choice was Dilaudid, a powerful opioid narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain. “And then I’d use…

UAMS Launches New Online Literary Journal

Spencer Watson

Medicine and Meaning logo

Medicine and Meaning, a new UAMS literary journal featuring works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and images, was launched Feb. 4 to foster creativity, imagination and the arts throughout the academic medical center and the UAMS Health system. “Our UAMS community is full of artistic and creative individuals and our journal is a venue to share…

Research at UAMS Shows Potential to Reduce Chemo-related Heart Damage

Susan Van Dusen

Valentina Todorova, PhD

A team led by UAMS cancer researcher Valentina Todorova, Ph.D., has demonstrated the potential to prevent chemotherapy-induced heart damage without reducing the treatment’s effectiveness.

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