May 5, 2023

UAMS CLIMB Leads Kids Out of Cancer Isolation

Marty Trieschmann

Parents and children in a cancer support group pose for a photo in front of a cancer center sign

On a recent Wednesday night, five children ages 7 to 11 came together to draw pictures, play and talk. This wasn’t an after-school event or an arranged playdate. Instead, the gathering was a unique support group called CLIMB, a program at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute for children coping with a parent or…

May 2, 2023

Christi Madden, MPA, Named Executive Director of UAMS Translational Research Institute

David Robinson

Christi Madden, MPA, has joined the Translational Research Institute as executive director.

LITTLE ROCK — Christi Madden, MPA, has joined the UAMS Translational Research Institute as its executive director. Madden, a leader with more than two decades of research programmatic management experience, spent most of her career in her home state of Oklahoma at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), where she worked in the…

April 28, 2023

Seeing is Believing: Jones Eye Institute Restores Pacific Islanders’ Sight

Benjamin Waldrum

JEI Gift of Sight April 2023

Cataracts had made life so difficult for Joshua Roby, 43, of Springdale that he could not write up reports at his security job, and he needed help walking around. Less than a day after cataract surgery, he says his vision is “much, much better,” and he can move well on his own. Eight patients from…

April 27, 2023

Desire to Serve Led Paul Duguid to UAMS College of Public Health, Translational Research Institute

Kev' Moye


Paul Duguid, MPH, an assistant director of funding programs for the UAMS Translational Research Institute, also is an alum of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Duguid, who started his public health education in 2007, credits the well-rounded nature of the college for helping to set…

April 26, 2023

UAMS Cancer Researcher Hong-yu Li, Ph.D., Awarded $3.19 Million NCI Grant for Drug Development

Benjamin Waldrum

Hong-yu Li

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, $3.19 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to work toward advancing therapeutic treatments for certain types of cancer. Li is the Helen Adams and Arkansas…

April 25, 2023

UAMS Invests Laura B. Dunn, M.D., in Marie Wilson Howells Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Andrew Vogler

Dunn Investiture

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine invested Laura B. Dunn, M.D., in the Marie Wilson Howells Chair in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences during an April 20 ceremony. Dunn, who joined UAMS in February 2022 as chair of the UAMS Department of Psychiatry and director of the UAMS…

Myeloma Center Social Worker Receives Prestigious Certification

Nathan Tidwell

Jael Hastings

Jael Hastings, MSW, LCSW, a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Center oncology social worker, recently reached a major career milestone, earning her Oncology Social Worker – Certified (OSW-C) certification. “When I learned that I had obtained the OSW-C certification I was very excited,” Hastings said. “My supervisor, Harold Dean, shared information about…

April 21, 2023

Young Patients Explore Life Cycle of Butterflies

Tim Taylor

PRI Child Diagnostic Unit butterfly designs.

There are roughly 750 species of butterfly in the United States. That fact may come as a surprise to most people, but probably not to the young patients on the Child Diagnostic Unit in the UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute. The young children on the inpatient unit recently spent four weeks learning a great deal about…

April 19, 2023

UAMS Awarded $15 Million for Study Comparing Approaches to Postpartum Care 

David Wise

Pregnant woman getting a prenatal checkup

FAYETTEVILLE — A research team at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been approved for a five-year, $15 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the best mechanisms for postpartum follow up with new mothers to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. Maternal mortality rates in the United…

April 17, 2023

UAMS’ Laura James, M.D., Re-Elected to National Science Board

David Robinson

Laura James, M.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, has been elected to a second term on the national Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Board of Directors. She joins 13 other directors at large from National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program institutions across…

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