Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute


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…


February 1, 2021

UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute To Host Be a Part of the Cure Walk

Yavonda Chase

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is hosting Be a Part of the Cure Walk on May 1. We invite you to join us as we honor all Arkansas cancer patients.

LITTLE ROCK — Lace up your walking shoes and “Be a Part of the Cure” when the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) hosts its first-ever community walk honoring all Arkansas cancer patients.


January 26, 2021

Larry Crain Sr. Honors Wife, Family With $1 Million Pledge to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Benjamin Waldrum

Larry Crain Sr. and his late wife, Janett, were high school sweethearts. Janett died in 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1 million pledge from Larry Crain Sr. to support the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s pursuit of National Cancer Institute Designation. In appreciation of the gift, UAMS will rename the Seed of Hope Garden on the Cancer Institute’s ground floor as the Janett Crain…


January 19, 2021

UAMS Myeloma Center Social Work Manager Appointed to National Board

Linda Haymes

Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C

LITTLE ROCK — The Board of Oncology Social Work Certification (BOSWC) recently chose Harold Dean, LCSW, OCW-C, clinical social work program manager for the Myeloma Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to serve on its board. Dean will serve for three years. The BOSWC, established in 2003, promotes excellence in psychosocial…



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