October 21, 2020

Four Physicians Join UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute

Tim Taylor

San Bui, M.D.; James Scott Steele, M.D, Ph.D.; Toby Belknap, M.D.; and Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D. recently joined the Psychiatric Research Institute.

LITTLE ROCK — The Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added four new physicians to its faculty. Ming Hwei Yek, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist, is an assistant professor in the UAMS Department of Psychiatry. Yek received a master’s in Clinical Psychology from McGill University of Montreal and…

October 20, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Amy Widner

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of…

October 16, 2020

Online, Televised Shoe Sale to Benefit UAMS Cancer Institute

Susan Van Dusen


Arkansans have the opportunity to buy designer shoes at a discount on the QVC shopping network and raise money for breast cancer research at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

USDA, Climate Reality, Award Grants for Backyard Gardens and Adapting to Climate Change

David Robinson

Rachel Hale (top left), Community Engagement program manager at the UAMS Translational Research Institute, helped acquire grants for community gardens and energy efficiency projects. She is joined by other UAMS community garden volunteers (back row) Carissa Ansel, College of Public Health (COPH) student, Taylor Washington, COPH student, and Carolyn Greene, Ph.D. Front Row, COPH students Taylor McClanahan and Sarah Fountain.

A UAMS-community partnership has garnered two grants for community and backyard gardens and energy efficiency projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a one-year $100,000 grant for developing a network of gardens to improve access to local foods for low-income communities of color in central Arkansas. The grant will also fund education programs and initiatives…

October 13, 2020

NIH Funds $2.5 Million UAMS Study of Healthy-Food Delivery to Combat Diabetes in Rural Arkansas

David Robinson

UAMS researchers in Northwest Arkansas have built partnerships in the region to enable delivery of healthy foods. (file photo)

LITTLE ROCK — A first-of-its-kind study by UAMS will test whether deliveries of healthy food, along with recipes and education materials, can help reduce type 2 diabetes among food-insecure rural Arkansans. The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding the five-year, $2.5 million study by researchers at the…

Mother, Daughter Support Each Other Through Breast Cancer Diagnoses

Susan Van Dusen

Debby Linton Ferguson and Anna "Dale" Linton

When Debby Linton Ferguson was diagnosed in her 30s with an aggressive form of breast cancer, her mother was right by her side. Little did they know that seven years later, both would proclaim themselves breast cancer survivors.

October 12, 2020

Social Work Manager: Being Social and Safe During the Holidays

Linda Haymes

Harold Dean

“Wearing a mask is not a political statement,” said Harold Dean, LCSW, OSW-C, clinical social work program manager for the UAMS Myeloma Center. “Instead, it is a matter of public safety,” he told blood cancer patients during a recent virtual support group meeting. Dean is co-facilitator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Arkansas Division’s…

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., Invested in John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology

Spencer Watson

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D.

Ahmed A. Sallam, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned eye inflammation and retinal specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, has been invested with the John W. Nutt Chair in Ophthalmology. Sallam is director of the uveitis service, associate professor of ophthalmology, and director of the ophthalmology residency…

October 9, 2020

21st Geriatrics Update Focuses on ‘Living Long, Living Strong’

Ben Boulden

Priya Mendiratta, M.D., left, moderates a question-and-answer session with keynote speaker Joel Kahn, M.D., during the Geriatric Update and Long-term Care Conference. The conference was virtual this year.

The foods older adults eat can be just as, or even more, vital to their heart health as the cardiovascular medications they take and the surgeries and procedures they may undergo. That’s the message keynote speaker, Joel Kahn, M.D., gave at the 21st  annual Geriatrics Update and Long-term Care Conference held Oct. 1-3 at the…

Consulate of Mexico Honors UAMS MammoVan

Susan Van Dusen

consul of Mexico honors Mammovan

In recognition of UAMS’ longtime support of the Hispanic and Mexican communities, Rodolfo Quilantan Arenas, consul of the Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock, honored the UAMS Mobile Mammography team in an outdoor ceremony Oct. 6 at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.

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