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June 25, 2019

Research Recommends Against Routine Use of Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks

Amy Widner

Portrait of Pothineni, Mehta, and Saad in a clinical hallway

A daily aspirin to prevent a heart attack? Not so fast, according to recent research from UAMS. For some people, it may do more harm than good.


June 24, 2019

UAMS’s McSweeney Named American Heart Association Volunteer of the Year

Spencer Watson

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, (left) receives the Volunteer of the Year Award at the American Heart Association ceremony in Dallas June 19, 2019.

Jean C. McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, associate dean for research and a professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been named the Healthcare Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association (AHA).


June 20, 2019

UAMS Researcher Awarded $1.75 Million Grant to Study New Therapies for Metastatic Melanoma

Susan Van Dusen

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant of $1.75 million to support his ongoing research into new therapies for metatatic melanoma.

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., a cancer researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a five-year $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify new tumor targets in the treatment of metastatic melanoma.


June 17, 2019

New Spinal Surgery Gets Pulaski County Man Back on His Feet

Katrina Dupins

Raper visits Radvany at UAMS.

Six months after a fall left him severely injured, Dewey Raper, 65, was not healing as quickly as he thought he would. “I spent so much time in a wheelchair, a walker and on crutches,” Raper said. “Eventually, I got an MRI. Dr. Radvany viewed it and took the case over.” Martin Radvany, M.D., is…


June 14, 2019

Two Nursing Graduates Get Unconventional Pinnings

Spencer Watson

Heather Bound receiving her pin as a graduate of the UAMS College of Nursing.

While every new graduate is happy – and relieved – to get their diploma, many new nurses will tell you it is the unique pin traditionally given out just before graduation by colleges of nursing that they consider to be their true, symbolic entry into the profession. So it was with some dismay that two…


June 12, 2019

UAMS-Developed Cytophone Detects Melanoma in Earliest Stages, Could Prevent Fatal Disease Spread

Susan Van Dusen

Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., Ds.C. (center) is pictured with collaborators (left to right) Laura Hutchins, M.D.; James Y. Suen, M.D.; Ekaterina I. Galanzha, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.; Eric Siegel, M.S.; Issam Makhoul, M.D.; Azemat Jamshidi-Parsian, M.S.; Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Ph.D; and Aayire C. Yadem, M.S.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team led by Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., D.Sc., has demonstrated the ability to detect and kill circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood using a noninvasive device called Cytophone that integrates a laser, ultrasound and phone technologies.


June 11, 2019

Physician Assistant Class of 2021 Accepts their White Coats

Yavonda Chase

Students from the Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2021 recite the Physician Assistant Professional Oath during a May 24 white coat ceremony.

The Physician Assistant Studies program presented 40 students from the Class of 2021 with their white coats May 24 in a ceremony in the Fred W. Smith Auditorium in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.


June 10, 2019

Eight-Year Survivor of Two Deadly Cancers Thanks ‘Guardian Angel’

Amy Widner

Doctor next to patient, who is in hospital bed

The night before his cancer surgery in April 2011, Michael McGhee asked his church family to pray for him. “I laid my cigarettes on the altar and didn’t pick them up again,” McGhee said. Eight years later, McGhee is 72 and has survived not one, but two, cancers that are often deadly: esophageal cancer and…


June 7, 2019

Robust Family Medicine Research, Strong Residency Highlighted at Poster Day

Amy Widner

Doctors near scientific poster

Great things are happening in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, with a recent research poster day as just the latest sign of the department’s “good health.” The poster session featured 35 posters, including 20 projects by residents. Topics included residency administration and education, ethics, case reports, improvements in patient…


June 6, 2019

Researcher Receives Grant to Continue Work on High Blood Pressure as Immune Disorder

Amy Widner

Researchers together in lab

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher who is seeking an explanation for why millions of people worldwide do not respond to the current available treatments for high blood pressure has received $1.89 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue this groundbreaking work. Shengyu Mu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department…



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