September 4, 2020

‘Be a Part of the Cure’ Raises $400,000 for Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Susan Van Dusen

Shapiro interviews Rockefeller

Arkansans stepped up to support the fight against cancer when the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute sponsored its first-ever televised fundraising event Sept. 2.

September 3, 2020

UAMS Research Expo Draws a Virtual Crowd

David Robinson

Yuet-Kin “Ricky” Leung, Ph.D. (left), won the 2020 Research Expo's Grand Door Prize, a manuscript submission fee to be paid by TRI. Leung also enjoyed the 2019 Expo, above with Nagai C. "Neville" Tam, Ph.D. (File Photo)

The UAMS Research Expo on Aug. 25 drew 184 registrants for the virtual event with 25 research service providers presenting via Zoom. Sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI), the event included overviews of up to five minutes from representatives of the research services. Attendees were able to drop into the event to hear…

Erika Petersen, M.D., First Female Neurosurgeon Named Professor in Arkansas

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Petersen

Erika Petersen, M.D., didn’t set out to become the first female neurosurgeon to be promoted to the rank of full professor in Arkansas. “If you had asked me to predict a few things in my life, that wouldn’t have been one of them. I would not have predicted being in Arkansas for 10 years. I…

UAMS Researchers Awarded $11.4 Million Grant to Continue Study of Cancer Therapy Side Effects

Ben Boulden

The four new COBRE researchers are, left to right, Amanda Stolarz, Ping-Ching Hsu, Brendan Frett and Caroline Schinke.

LITTLE ROCK — Led by Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., a team of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers has received a five-year $11.4 million grant to continue research into the side effects of cancer therapies, including radiation and chemotherapies. The Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), a program of the National Institute of General…

September 2, 2020

UAMS Lung Cancer Researcher Contributes to Publication of Validation Protocols for Liquid Biopsy to Detect Cancer

Susan Van Dusen

Donald J. Johann, M.D.

Donald J. Johann, M.D., a lung cancer researcher at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), played an integral role in the publication of research related to liquid biopsy tests, or blood tests, for cancer.

September 1, 2020

UAMS Awarded $3.8 Million for National Research Center To Study Effectiveness of Digital Health in Rural Health Care

Ben Boulden

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, introduces U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan at new conference at the Capitol.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Institute for Digital Health & Innovation has received a four-year $3.8 million grant from the federal Health Resources & Services Administration to establish a national research center. The center will examine the effectiveness of digital health in delivering health care in rural areas and hospitals. The grant…

UAMS’ Alan Tackett, Ph.D., Named to NIH Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics Study Section

Susan Van Dusen

Alan Tackett, PhD

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., was recently named a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics-1 (MCT1) Study Section, one of the major review boards for evaluation of cancer research by the NIH Center for Scientific Review.

August 28, 2020

Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., Named Cancer Institute Auxiliary Distinguished Honoree

Susan Van Dusen

Dr. Frits van Rhee

From the safety and comfort of their homes, 46 guests gathered at their computers Aug. 21 to recognize one of the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s highly respected physicians: Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D. At the virtual reception, van Rhee was presented with the Distinguished Honoree Award, a presentation made annually by the Cancer…

Trauma, Stroke Networks Unite to Teach COVID-19 Best Practices, Share Information

Ben Boulden

Jeff Halbert, director of UAMS Respiratory Care, discusses the use the high-flow nasal cannula on an All Sites Call.

As the COVID-19 global pandemic threatened Arkansas in March, many physicians and nurses in rural hospitals across the state had more questions than answers about the new disease. UAMS went to work to answer them. The service is dubbed COVID-19 ED2ED All Sites Calls. More than 1,100 of the state’s health care professionals have taken…

August 27, 2020

The TRIbune Is Here!


In this month’s TRIbune, we catch up with one of our KL2 Program graduates, Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., APRN, FNP-BC, whose network of faith leaders is providing crucial information about COVID-19 to Arkansas populations most vulnerable to the disease. Bryant-Moore built the network using community engagement principles that have led to multiple awards from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research…

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