August 22, 2019

Woman Resumes Humanitarian Trips to China after Myeloma Treatment

Linda Haymes

Myeloma patient Cindy Sites of Springfield, Missouri, and her husband, Doug, credit her physicians at UAMS with extending her life and allowing her to see her first grandchild.

Cindy Sites loves sharing the gift of music with others. Whenever she visits the Myeloma Center in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, she likes playing the Steinway grand piano in the lobby. “I usually play for an hour or so in between my tests or while waiting for my appointments,” Sites, 57, said….

August 21, 2019

Simulation Immerses Nursing Students in Details of the Operating Room

Spencer Watson

Pam deGravelles (center) gives nursing students an introduction to the operating room simulation suite and high-fidelity manikin.

About a dozen nurses gathered around a patient strapped to a table in a cold operating room. In the background sat an intubation laryngoscope, anesthesia machine, sonogram equipment and cabinets full of bandages, tape, clamps, alcohol wipes, equipment, and other necessities found in any operating room. Four at a time, the nurses listened together through…

Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen, M.D., Awarded for Work to Improve Pain Treatment

Amy Widner

Dr. Petersen holding award

Erika Petersen, M.D. a neurosurgeon at UAMS, has received the inaugural Clinical Excellence Award from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience for her work to advance the treatment of pain. “Dr. Peterson’s recent achievements in research, education and clinical care made her an overwhelmingly unanimous choice,” said Dawood Sayed, M.D., president of the American…

August 20, 2019

UAMS Program Paves Way for Minority Student’s Success

Spencer Watson

Chase Swinton (third from left) with other Summer Research Internship participants following their presentations at the end of the program.

Chase Swinton, a young African American woman  who just graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in Sherwood and will begin attending Stanford University in California in September, had never seen a black doctor – researcher or physician – until she came to UAMS. “I’ve known I wanted to be a doctor for a while, but…

August 15, 2019

College of Medicine Freshmen Don White Coats to Start Med School Journey

Amy Widner

Student putting on white coat

What does it mean to wear the physician’s white coat? Reassurance. Competence. Professionalism. Cleanliness. Responsibility. Trust. For patients, yes, but what about for the College of Medicine Class of 2023? Its 174 members donned their white coats for the first time during the White Coat Ceremony, held at Robinson Auditorium before a crowd of family,…

August 14, 2019

Centering Pregnancy Program Produces Better Outcomes for Mothers and Babies

Katrina Dupins

Centering Pregnancy

When Shalinda Starks had her daughter 17 years ago, she did not feel as prepared as she does with the baby she is carrying now. For this pregnancy, Starks is getting her prenatal appointments through UAMS’s Centering Pregnancy program, a model of prenatal care in which patients see their health care providers in a group…

Robert Eoff, Ph.D., Receives $1.2 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

Amy Widner

Robert Eoff, Ph.D.

Researcher Robert Eoff, Ph.D., has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on DNA damage, cell replication and its implications for diseases like dementia, ALS and cancer. Eoff is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular…

August 13, 2019

UAMS Scientist Awarded $764,000 NIH Grant For Highly Advanced Research Equipment

Susan Van Dusen

Samuel Mackintosh, Ph.D.

A grant of almost $764,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will allow the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to purchase biomedical research equipment with new capabilities unavailable elsewhere in Arkansas.

Students Learn Animation, Robotics and Applications in Health Care

Spencer Watson

Student-built robots battles for an audience at the conclusion of the UAMS NERDIES Health Sciences Camp.

A program called UAMS NERDIES Health Sciences Camp recently gave some sixth through eighth graders the chance to learn how digital art and design could be combined with health care careers. Taught by a Northwest Arkansas digital art and design school called PIXEL, the program was brought to UAMS at the invitation of the Center…

August 8, 2019

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Linda Haymes

UAMS Myeloma Researcher Awarded Nearly $543,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

LITTLE ROCK — Brian Walker, Ph.D., with the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $542,486, three-year grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to look at changes in the DNA sequence that effects the development and advancement of multiple myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells in the…

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