Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging


July 2, 2021

Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics Win First Place in Quality Improvement Program

Karmen Robinson

(From left to right) Jasmine Crane; Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging director Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D.; Regina Gibson, RN, Ph.D.; and Pat Walker Memory Clinic director Gohar Azhar, M.D. Not pictured: Priya Mendiratta, M.D.; Rosemary Nabaweesi, Dr.Ph.; and Troy Schmit, MHA.

Faculty from UAMS’ Departments of Geriatrics and Pediatrics garnered first place in the Quality Improvement for Advanced Learners Program (QIALP) for their exploration of racial disparity in screening methods among dementia patients.


June 23, 2021

UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic Recognized as Age-Friendly Health System

Vanessa Lee

The UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic, part of the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, has attained Level I Certification as an Age-Friendly Health System, a designation provided by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and The John A. Hartford Foundation.

LITTLE ROCK — The UAMS Thomas and Lyon Longevity Clinic in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging has successfully attained Level I Certification as an Age-Friendly Health System.


June 3, 2021

UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging Receives $1.9 Million Grant to Research Link Between Blood Sugar, Alzheimer’s Disease

Karmen Robinson

Steven Barger, Ph.D.

The Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.


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),…


November 30, 2020

Little Rock Coach Turns Caregiver

Ben Boulden

Flanked by his mother and father, Grady O. Brown, center, takes a family photo in early 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. He supports his mother, Virginia, in caring for his father, who also is named Grady Brown.

When caring for a person with dementia, sometimes a family caregiver needs support, and sometimes a coach needs a coach. Grady O. Brown, a Little Rock gymnastics coach, found himself in that position as he tried to help his mother, Virginia, 81, as she cared for his father, 84, also named Grady. Brown turned to…


November 20, 2020

M. Denise Compton, Ph.D., Invested in Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education

Benjamin Waldrum

Chancellor Patterson (left) and Dean Westfall (right) present Compton with a commemorative medallion and inscribed chair at the investiture ceremony Nov. 18. Compton, who joined UAMS in 2010, is actively involved in providing educational programs for the public regarding memory and cognitive disorders.

Denise Compton, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and geriatric neuropsychologist specializing in seniors and cognitive disorders at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Magalene McKinnon Ingram Endowed Professorship in Geriatric Education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Compton was invested in a brief ceremony broadcast online via Zoom….


Steven Barger, Ph.D., Invested in Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care

Benjamin Waldrum

Chancellor Patterson (left) and Dean Westfall (right) present Barger with a commemorative medallion and inscribed chair at the investiture ceremony Nov. 18. Barger, an accomplished neuroscience and neurological disease researcher, joined UAMS in 1996.

Steven Barger, Ph.D., a neuroscience and neurological disease researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Nov. 18 in the Louise G. Hearn Chair in Dementia and Long-Term Care. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Barger was invested in a brief ceremony broadcast online via Zoom. Attendees wore masks and were socially…


October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

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"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…


October 9, 2020

21st Geriatrics Update Focuses on ‘Living Long, Living Strong’

Ben Boulden

Priya Mendiratta, M.D., left, moderates a question-and-answer session with keynote speaker Joel Kahn, M.D., during the Geriatric Update and Long-term Care Conference. The conference was virtual this year.

The foods older adults eat can be just as, or even more, vital to their heart health as the cardiovascular medications they take and the surgeries and procedures they may undergo. That’s the message keynote speaker, Joel Kahn, M.D., gave at the 21st  annual Geriatrics Update and Long-term Care Conference held Oct. 1-3 at the…



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