Translational Research Institute

March 27, 2023

NIH, NSF Fund UAMS Study of Rapid Genomic Testing to Aid Treatment of Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

David Robinson

Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., hopes her research will lead to rapid, life-saving genomic testing of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections.

LITTLE ROCK — Two national grants are helping researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) toward their goal of providing rapid, life-saving genomic information to doctors treating the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. The study began with a $50,000 pilot award from the UAMS Translational Research Institute, which was used to gather data…

March 7, 2023

UAMS Midsouth Black Expo Draws 2,100 Attendees

David Robinson

Hayes Miller of Little Rock was among the expo attendees who joined the UAMS ARresearch registry of potential research volunteers.

Among Thelma Shorter’s first stops at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Midsouth Black Expo was the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s booth offering take-home colorectal screening kits. “For colorectal cancer, and all cancers, it’s better to find out if you are at risk sooner rather than later,” said Shorter of Little…

February 27, 2023

UAMS Researchers Produce Journal’s Top Cited, Most Downloaded Article on COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy

David Robinson

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, is the study's principal investigator.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team’s article on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy has been recognized by the publisher of Clinical and Translational Science for having its top-cited article in 2022 and the most downloaded paper since its publication in 2021. The article, “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Race/Ethnicity, Trust and Fear,”…

February 22, 2023

Public Health Faculty Member Committed to Mental Health Awareness, Suicide Prevention

Kev' Moye

Dr. Katy Allison (right), is at a community festival standing next to a fellow member of the Arkansas chapter of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Allison is a staunch advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness.

Katy Allison, Ph.D., MPH, with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, is committed to mental health advocacy and suicide prevention, both professionally and as a community volunteer. “I love collaborative, community-based mental health research,” she said. “I’m passionate about the mental health of my fellow Arkansans….

February 21, 2023

UAMS Advances Health Equity with Computer-Guided Study Consent Forms

David Robinson

Members of the Informed Consent Navigator team include (front, l-r) Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., Nicki Spencer, M.H.A., Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES, and Jonathan Bona, Ph.D.; (back row) Justin Whorton, Sarah Fountain, MPH, CPH, CHES, Jennifer Gan-Kemp, MBA, CRS, and Aaron Kemp, MBA.

LITTLE ROCK — A new software tool developed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will help researchers quickly create consent documents in plain language for their prospective study volunteers. Called the Informed Consent Navigator, the web-based tool breaks new ground with its ability to guide researchers through the creation of plain-language informed…

November 9, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Study Addressing Urgent Health Needs of Pregnant Marshallese Women

David Robinson

Britni Ayers, Ph.D., is leading the study involving small groups of pregnant Marshallese women and health care navigators to improve health outcomes.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team in Northwest Arkansas will study a potential way to improve health outcomes of pregnant Marshallese women using group-based care and health care navigators. Led by UAMS researcher Britni Ayers, Ph.D., the study of maternal health care involving small groups of women, known…

October 13, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Effort to Close Patient Outcome Gaps Across U.S. Level 1 and 2 Trauma Centers

David Robinson

Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D. (right), and Kevin Sexton, M.D., will test which organizational features affect patient outcomes at 230 Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers are hoping to help close wide gaps in trauma patient outcomes across the United States by harnessing new data to help trauma center leaders improve outcomes. Led by Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., and Kevin Sexton, M.D., the researchers will test which organizational features affect patient…

October 3, 2022

New Researchers Find Valuable Resources at Research Expo 2022

David Robinson

Veronica Smith, who directs the UAMS Rural Research Network, speaks with Ruiqi Cen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public. Health.

Research Expo 2022 arrived at a great time for Lisa Jansen, Ph.D., and more than 100 other researchers wanting to learn about and leverage the numerous research resources available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). “I am a new…

September 26, 2022

UAMS Researchers Find Changes in Monkeypox Genome That May Explain Its Recent Rapid Spread

David Robinson

David Ussery, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The rapid spread of monkeypox is unlike the virus’ past outbreaks and may be a result of genetic mutations identified by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers. Led by UAMS’ David Ussery, Ph.D., the UAMS team published its findings this month in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The team compared…

September 20, 2022

UAMS Part of $6 Million National Effort to Make Testing for Toxins in Water and People Less Costly, Easier

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., (front) with her lab/study team members: (second row, from left) Marybeth Shepard, technician, Ricky Leung, Ph.D., associate professor, and Neville Tam, Ph.D., assistant professor; (back) Alex McDonald, technician.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is co-leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort to develop advanced, inexpensive devices to detect toxins in water and people. UAMS’ $908,952 portion of the four-year, $6 million project involves testing a novel way to detect toxins in humans, and is led by Shuk-Mei…

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