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July 23, 2021

Grateful Patient Honors UAMS Opthalmologist with $162,000 Gift to Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

Karen Burks

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $162,000 commitment from Karen and Roy Burks in honor of John Shock, M.D., to support research at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute. “Patient care from Dr. John Shock as well as other faculty at the Jones Eye Institute has…


July 22, 2021

UAMS Performs First GammaTile Brain Surgery in Arkansas

Spencer Watson

UAMS surgeons prepare to perform the first surgery in Arkansas using GammaTile Therapy or surgically targeted radiation therapy.

LITTLE ROCK — Radiation oncologist  Richard Crownover, M.D., Ph.D., and neurosurgeon Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., and their care team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have performed the state’s first application of GammaTile Therapy.


July 21, 2021

Cancer Discovery Published in Nature Highlights National Role of UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Members of the UAMS proteomics team are Alan Tackett, Ph.D. (center front), and (l-r) Stephanie Byrum, Ph.D., Rick Edmondson, Ph.D., Aaron Storey, Ph.D., and Samuel Mackintosh, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A highly specialized UAMS research team that serves as a national resource recently helped the University of North Carolina (UNC) discover a key driver of cancer cell development. The discovery, which gives researchers around the globe a new target for drug therapies, was published in the journal Nature. The achievement put an…


July 20, 2021

UAMS Releases Findings from Statewide COVID-19 Antibody Study

David Robinson

A team at UAMS tested blood samples from July to December 2020 and found that by the end of the year, 7.4% of Arkansans had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

LITTLE ROCK — A statewide COVID-19 antibody study led by UAMS found that by the end of 2020, 7.4% of Arkansans had antibodies to the virus, but there were wide disparities among racial and ethnic groups. UAMS researchers released their findings this week to a public database, medRxiv (med archive).


July 16, 2021

Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., Invested in Kent C. Westbrook, M.D. Director’s Chair for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Executive Vice Chancellor and College of Medicine Dean Susan Smyth, M.D., and UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, present Birrer (seated) with his commemorative medallion and inscribed wooden chair.

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested July 15 in the Kent C. Westbrook, M.D. Director’s Chair for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. “Michael Birrer’s scholarly corpus is incredibly impressive, and the…


Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas Awards Grants Totaling $1.95 Million for UAMS K-12 Behavioral Health Programs

Benjamin Waldrum

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, speaks at the press conference. Seated behind him are (from left) Marcy Doderer, president and CEO, Arkansas Children's (not pictured); Curtis Barnett, president and CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross; Governor Asa Hutchinson and Rebecca Pittillo, executive director, Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received grants totaling $1.95 million from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas to support two key behavioral health programs. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the largest health insurer in Arkansas, established the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier…


July 14, 2021

NIH Awards $1.36 million Grant to Aid UAMS Research on Pregnant Women’s Pelvic Floor Muscles

Linda Satter

Hari Eswaran, Ph.D. ,shows off SARA, which he helped develop.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.36 million grant to researchers at UAMS to develop a non-invasive means of detecting weaknesses in a pregnant woman’s pelvic floor muscles that could lead to injury while giving birth.


July 12, 2021

Helena-West Helena Native Beverly Johnson-Wells Returns to Join UAMS Rural Research Network

David Robinson

LITTLE ROCK — Beverly Johnson-Wells, MLS, recently returned to her hometown of Helena-West Helena to serve as associate director of research for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Rural Research Network (RRN) and UAMS Regional Programs. Johnson-Wells will play a key part in expanding research into rural areas of Arkansas. Her role includes…


July 7, 2021

Researcher Finds Challenges in Study Involving Methamphetamine

Linda Haymes

Michael Wilson, M.D., an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, is studying how methamphetamine affects the human body, particularly how the body responds to stress.

If the photo of the pile of crystal methamphetamine doesn’t get your attention, the question on the flyer, designed by the UAMS Translational Research Institute and complete with the UAMS logo and familiar triangles, will.

“Use meth?”


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.  



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