Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


May 11, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Hong-yu Li, Ph.D., Awarded $1.27 Million Grant

Linda Haymes

Hong-yu Li, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Hong-yu Li, Ph.D., a researcher with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received a five-year, $1,265,834 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to work toward developing treatment options for acute myeloid leukemia patients. Li, a professor…


May 6, 2021

UAMS Celebrates Cancer Patients, Survivors at First-Ever Be a Part of the Cure Walk

Linda Haymes

Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, walking with participants during the Be a Part of the Cure Walk on Saturday, May 1.

More than 500 walkers, both in-person and virtual, turned out May 1 for the Be a Part of the Cure Walk, the first-ever community walk honoring all Arkansas cancer patients and survivors. Hosted by the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), the Saturday morning event began at…


May 4, 2021

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, Named Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Susan Van Dusen

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA

LITTLE ROCK — Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, has been named associate director of community outreach and engagement at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). McElfish’s position will involve creating a state-wide community network to support rural and minority communities for cancer prevention, education, navigation to treatment…


April 28, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute’s Volunteers, Paused by the Pandemic, Ready to Return

Linda Haymes

Stuart Cobb, a myeloma survivor who volunteers with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and serves on its board of advisors, picks up a sweet thank-you from Julia Hamra of the Cancer Institute's Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department during a recent appreciation drive-thru event for the institute's nearly 70 volunteers.

(UAMS) The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s nearly 70 volunteers may have been out of sight for more than a year thanks to COVID-19, but they have remained close at heart to the Cancer Institute’s staff. For employees of Cancer Institute’s Volunteer Services and Auxiliary department, time and distance has not diminished their appreciation…


April 26, 2021

Saira Hassan, M.D., Joins UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as a Specialist in Genitourinary Cancer

Linda Haymes

Saira Hassan, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Saira Hassan, M.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute as a specialist in cancer of the genitourinary or urogenital system, which includes the urinary and reproductive systems. “Having Dr. Hassan join our staff strengthens and broadens the already-excellent level of care we offer…


April 23, 2021

Twist of fate Leads to Myeloma Diagnosis for Longtime Survivor

Linda Haymes

“I am blessed to live so close to the Myeloma Center,” said Bennie Utley, 79, of Cabot, a myeloma survivor of 16 years. “It really is a state-of the-art facility.”

A persistent sore spot on his thigh led Bennie Utley of Cabot to ask his family doctor about it in early 2005. “It was about four inches wide and eight or 10 inches long,” Utley, 79, recalled. “He told me I was wearing my belt too tight.” Utley was not satisfied with the diagnosis and…


April 20, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Receives $1.1 Million as Part of NIH Grant at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

David Robinson

Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., is studying the role of a common nutrient in cancer in cancer treatment.

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow UAMS researcher Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., to ramp up her study of a nutrient that may have a role in the effectiveness of immunotherapy for cancer patients. Miousse will receive $220,000 per year for up to five years as one of four project leaders at the…


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 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 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.



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