Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


August 2, 2022

Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., MPH, Joins Leadership Team at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Marty Trieschmann

Dr. Pebbles Fagan

Pebbles Fagan, Ph.D., MPH, has assumed the role of associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control for the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Fagan, a leading expert on tobacco-related health disparities and co-founder of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s Tobacco Research Network on Disparities, will lead…


June 17, 2022

Myeloma Patient Celebrates Full Remission by Walking Daughter Down the Aisle

Linda Haymes

“I was very pleased to be able to offer Dave this novel immunotherapy, which takes the patient’s own immune cells and genetically re-programs the cells to attack the myeloma,” Puente's doctor Frits van Rhee said. “I am very excited that Dave tolerated the treatment well and that he has had an excellent response to it.”

Dave Puente of Elk Grove California, the first myeloma patient in Arkansas to receive the new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) last November, recently saw a very personal goal he’d set for himself become a reality. Late last year, during an interview for an article…


June 10, 2022

Cancer Institute Retreat Highlights Novel Therapeutic Targets and Agents

Marty Trieschmann

Jungang Chen, a postdoctoral fellow in the UAMS Department of Pathology, discusses his research on pathogenesis and tumorgenesis in Covid-19 patients infected with Herpes

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute held its second annual scientific research retreat May 26 at the Marriott Hotel in Little Rock. More than 140 scientists gathered in person for the first time in two years. The retreat theme, “Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics,” reflects the growth in the identification of new and novel molecular…


June 8, 2022

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Launches Statewide Cancer Navigation Program

Marty Trieschmann

Two patient navigators from the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is implementing a new statewide patient navigation program to help cancer patients across the state access needed prevention, screening, treatment and support services. The program serves all Arkansans regardless of provider. “We know advances in cancer treatment may not reach underserved communities, especially in low socioeconomic areas and…


May 24, 2022

UAMS Ranks Fourth in Education on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity List

Yavonda Chase

For the second year, UAMS has been recognized by Forbes magazine on its Best Employers for Diversity list.

UAMS ranks fourth among educational organizations nationally on an annual list of Best Employers for Diversity created by Forbes magazine. UAMS was also the highest ranked Arkansas company on the list, and the only one in the Top 100.


May 18, 2022

Chancellor Named Cancer Institute Auxiliary Distinguished Honoree

Marty Trieschmann

Cancer Institute Auxiliary members with UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson at an event honoring him as the organization's 2021 honoree.

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, was recognized May 12 as the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Auxiliary 2021 Distinguished Honoree at a reception at the home of Stuart Cobb, a longtime supporter and member of the Cancer Institute Board of Advisors. About 60 guests attended, including UAMS board members, Cancer Institute leaders and auxiliary board members….


May 10, 2022

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Be A Part of the Cure Walk Draws 1,000, Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Marty Trieschmann

the crowd at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Be A Part of the Cure Walk

More than 1,000 people gathered at War Memorial Stadium early April 30 for the 2nd Annual Be A Part of the Cure Walk benefiting the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. Despite predictions of rain, the weather and atmosphere were perfect for the event that brought together cancer survivors, family, friends, physicians, nurses, researchers, and…


May 3, 2022

Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Celebrates Student Research at Symposium

Marty Trieschmann

Cancer Institute Director Michael Birrer and a student

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute held its first Celebration of Student Discovery Symposium April 14 for over 30 students, teachers, and some family members from Little Rock Central High School and LISA Academy West interested in cancer research. Students who won or placed in the regional and state science fairs were invited to…


April 20, 2022

UAMS Hosts Panel Discussion on Black Maternal Mortality

Kalee Sexton

Toxic follows Nina, a pregnant Black woman navigating her career, marriage and motherhood while dealing with race-related stress.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences hosted a distinguished panel discussion about Black maternal mortality rates and the short film Toxic: A Black Woman’s Story.


April 8, 2022

Daniel’s Story: From UAMS Lymphoma Patient to Be a Part of the Cure Walk Coordinator

Marty Trieschmann

UAMS Be A Part of the Cure Walk Coordinator, Daniel Frazier, talks about his experience being treated for cancer at the very place he now works.

Imagine you’re 23 and just landed your first promotion at your dream job. All is right with the world. Now imagine being diagnosed with lymphoma at the same time. For UAMS special events coordinator, Daniel Frazier, cancer was not part of the plan. “Whatever plan I thought I had, a cancer diagnosis was nowhere on…



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