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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…


April 15, 2021

Estate of Eleanor Karam Gives $2.7 Million to Support UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging

Benjamin Waldrum

From left, Jean Maier Dean and John Blakney with the late Eleanor Karam. Karam's estate gift will help advance clinical care, research and education for older Arkansans.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $2.7 million gift from the estate of Eleanor Karam to support the highest priorities of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. “Ms. Eleanor was a true visionary with a huge heart,” said Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., director of the institute….


April 14, 2021

UAMS and Hendrix College to Hold Social Support Symposium for Older Arkansans April 22

Karmen Robinson

The symposium on April 22 will help seniors navigate in-person and virtual social interactions to stay connected.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, in conjunction with Hendrix College, will host the “Social Support and Connections for Older Arkansans Symposium” on Thursday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom. The event, organized by UAMS’ Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC),…


April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.


April 7, 2021

Brain Injury Survivors’ Conference Highlights Triumph Through Trauma

Karmen Robinson

Jim, Patti and Mary Drake at the Grand Canyon during their 14-day road trip. (Photo courtesy of the Drakes)

Members of the Drake family have shared their experiences for the past 11 years in hopes of helping others, and they continued to uplift and encourage attendees during the Brain Injury Survivors’ Conference hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Trauma Rehabilitation Resources Program.


April 6, 2021

UAMS Researchers Named Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, Fellow

Susan Van Dusen

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., (left) and Alan Tackett, Ph.D., have been honored by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). The group named Yeh an ARA Scholar and Tackett an ARA Fellow.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that two researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be joining their ranks.


Kelly Named Associate Director for Cancer Research Training and Education at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Linda Haymes

Thomas J. Kelly Jr., Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Cancer researcher Thomas J. Kelly Jr., Ph.D., has been named associate director for cancer research training and education at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Kelly is an associate professor of pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pathology and will…


April 5, 2021

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Unveils New Breast Center

Susan Van Dusen

Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, M.D., (left) shows off the new UAMS Breast Center to Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA; Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D.; Michael Birrer, M.D., Ph.D.; and other staff at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — A spacious new center offering comprehensive breast imaging services opened today in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


March 25, 2021

Institute for Digital Health & Innovation Team Chosen as a Finalist in Artificial Intelligence Competition

Karmen Robinson

Joseph Sanford, M.D., and Adria Abella Villafranca use code they have written to test the OAK-D camera, equipped with spatial artificial intelligence.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation (IDHI) was one of 13 university teams selected as a North American regional finalist in the OpenCV Artificial Intelligence Competition. There were nearly 1,400 entries worldwide in this competition, with 210 teams chosen as finalists across six geographic regions. The IDHI…


March 24, 2021

Four UAMS Cancer Institute Scientists Receive Research Grants

Susan Van Dusen

Seeds of Science grant awardees

Four researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to newly awarded $50,000 grants, which were announced in a virtual ceremony March 11. Presented annually since 2009, the Seeds of Science pilot grant awards assist cancer researchers in collecting data and developing projects that have the potential to result…



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