Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


March 3, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute Expands Research with Addition of 10 Faculty

Susan Van Dusen

cancer research lab

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added 10 research faculty, significantly expanding the institute’s cancer research programs.


March 1, 2021

Arkansas Legislators Donate Funds to Support Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s Quest for NCI Designation

Linda Haymes

Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented an oversized check for $2,021 to Michael J. Birrer, M.D., Ph.D., vice chancellor and director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS during a noon presentation Feb. 25 at the Arkansas State Capitol.

Two years after Arkansas legislators passed legislation supporting UAMS’ efforts to expand its cancer research and treatment efforts, a group of legislators reaffirmed their commitment with personal donations. Sen. Missy Irvin of Mountain View and Rep. Michelle Gray of Melbourne, backed by more than a dozen other members of the Republican Women’s Legislative Caucus, presented…


February 25, 2021

UAMS Researcher Cannon Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Study Vaccination Against Ovarian Cancer

Linda Haymes

“This award will support the development of an integrated and multi-faceted program to target immune suppression using blood cells in the ovarian tumor microenvironment,” said Cannon. “We hope our work will improve responses to immunotherapy, including dendritic cell vaccination.”

LITTLE ROCK —Martin J. Cannon, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been awarded an Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) grant of $900,000 to study dendritic cell vaccination against ovarian cancer. A dendritic cell is a unique immune cell that boosts immune responses by displaying antigens such as toxins…


February 24, 2021

National Proteomics Symposium Draws Leading Scientists Studying Proteins

Linda Haymes

The fifth annual Proteomics Facility Staff Symposium on Feb. 2, held virtually by UAMS, brought together 36 proteomics core directors and staff members from IDeA (Institutional Development Award) states and Puerto Rico to learn more about operating and maintaining these facilities at their institutions.

Biomedical research begins with scientists identifying, analyzing and comparing proteins in biological samples. The complex process requires facilities known as proteomics cores filled with specialized equipment and highly trained staff. The fifth annual Proteomics Facility Staff Symposium on Feb. 2, held virtually by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), brought together 36 proteomics…


February 22, 2021

UAMS, Hendrix Partnership Gives Undergraduate Students Research ‘Immersion’ Opportunity

David Robinson

The UAMS-Hendrix partnership is teaching undergrads about translational research and involving them in an ongoing research project. Top row, l-r: Laura James, M.D., Andres Caro, Ph.D., and Clare Nesmith, M.D. Bottom row, students Emilie Cassar, Savannah Wiegel and Allison Long.

Through a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Hendrix College students have a unique opportunity to address a critical human health issue in the new Clinical and Translational Research Immersion (CTRI) Program. Andres Caro, Ph.D., a professor of chemistry at Hendrix, is leading the educational components of the program in collaboration…


February 16, 2021

Jaleesa Jackson, M.D., Anesthesiologist Specializing in Cancer Pain, Joins UAMS Health

Linda Satter

Jaleesa Jackson in white coat

LITTLE ROCK — Jaleesa A. Jackson, M.D., a chronic pain medicine fellowship-trained anesthesiologist, is now seeing patients at the UAMS Health Pain Clinic in the Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neuroscience Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). An assistant professor in anesthesiology, she specializes in helping cancer patients manage severe pain…


February 10, 2021

Tackett Named Deputy Director of UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Susan Van Dusen

Cancer researcher Alan Tackett, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — Cancer researcher Alan Tackett, Ph.D., has been named deputy director of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


February 9, 2021

UAMS’s Justin Leung, Ph.D., Receives $792,000 American Cancer Society Grant to Study DNA Repair Mechanisms

Spencer Watson

Justin Leung, PhD

LITTLE ROCK — A four-year, $792,000 American Cancer Society Research Scholar grant has been awarded to researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study DNA repair mechanisms. “Understanding the molecular processes of DNA repair can help both better diagnose cancer and to progress treatment,” said Leung, an assistant…


February 8, 2021

Husband and Wife Unite in Battling Myeloma

Linda Haymes

“We have been well taken care of at UAMS,” said Jerilee Gott of Sherwood, Arkansas who is a myeloma survivor along with her husband Ken. “The staff has been outstanding, and we feel we are in very good hands. Our future is very encouraging with the treatment options available for those who go into remission.”

When Jerilee and Ken Gott moved to Arkansas from New Mexico in late 2017 to be closer to their two daughters and grandchildren, she knew she would need regular checkups at the UAMS Myeloma Center. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the blood, in 2009. But Jerilee Gott,…


Schueck/McCarty Family Gives $1 Million to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for NCI Designation

Benjamin Waldrum

Marge Schueck (center) and her children, Patrick Schueck and Jennifer Schueck McCarty. The family is passionate about UAMS achieving NCI Designation and sees their gift as having an immediate impact toward reaching that goal.

The Schueck/McCarty family has pledged $1 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute to support its efforts in achieving National Cancer Institute Designation. The family is passionate about UAMS achieving NCI Designation and sees their gift as having an immediate impact toward reaching that goal, said Marge…



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