Translational Research Institute

October 20, 2023

Investigators Soak in Research Expo 2023’s Abundant Resources, Services

David Robinson

TRI's David Avery, senior director of Clinical Research Operations, and Carrie Cochran-Raglon, director of the UAMS Rural Research Network, talk with Lipika Sarangi, Ph.D. (right).

Alberto Ramirez, Ph.D., was excited to attend Research Expo 2023, with its 50 research services and resources on display. “As an early-career researcher, the event proved to be remarkably valuable as it allowed me to gain insight into the numerous resources offered by UAMS, including TRI, Research & Innovation, and more, which have the potential…

June 19, 2023

JAMA Health Forum Publishes UAMS Researcher’s Novel Model for Ranking Biomedical Research Priorities

David Robinson

Laura Gressler, Ph.D., is first author on the JAMA publication.

LITTLE ROCK — In a new study led by UAMS’ Laura Gressler, Ph.D., researchers presented a novel model to help research funding agencies and groups prioritize their funding for various health conditions. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Health Forum and included co-authors from the U.S. Department of…

June 7, 2023

JAMA Publishes UAMS Study of Digital Health Visits for Prenatal Care Before, During and After COVID-19 Pandemic

David Robinson

Hari Eswaran, Ph.D. (left) and Mahip Acharya, Ph.D., led the digital health study.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study has found that COVID-19 sparked a big jump in the use of digital health services for prenatal care that remained higher than pre-pandemic levels through late 2021. Published in JAMA Network Open, the study using a national database showed that telehealth use during…

June 5, 2023

UAMS’ Antiño Allen, Ph.D., Receives Radiation Research Society Award

David Robinson

Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Antiño R. Allen, Ph.D., is the 2023 recipient of the Michael Fry Award from the Radiation Research Society.

June 1, 2023

Six Early-Career UAMS Researchers Receive KL2 Scholar Awards

David Robinson

The 2023-2024 KL2 Scholars are (l-r, clockwise from top): Mary “Katy” Allison, Michail Mavros, Brian D. Piccolo, Megha Sharma, Ankita Shukla and Alicja Urbaniak.

Six early-career researchers have been selected to receive two years of funded translational research training and support in the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Awards Program. The promising junior faculty researchers were selected for the 2023-2024 program through a competitive application process. KL2 scholars receive two years of mentored…

May 24, 2023

UAMS-TRI Training Program Helps Postdocs Develop Entrepreneurial Spirit, Form Competition-Winning Pharmaceutical Startup

David Robinson

Megan Reed, Ph.D. (left), and Julia Tobacyk, Ph.D., formed the company Pediatrica Therapeutics.

Only two years ago, the idea of commercializing their future research discoveries was a novel concept for Julia Tobacyk, Ph.D., and Megan Reed, Ph.D. Today they can say they created a startup company as postdoctoral fellows in the Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) training program, which is the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National…

May 23, 2023

UAMS Surgeons Implant Innovative Device Developed by I3R Researchers to Restore Sense of Touch after Amputation

David Robinson

Erika Petersen, M.D., seated, pauses to look at a monitor as the surgery begins with (l-r) John Bracey, M.D., Brooke Elberson, M.D., Ph.D., Bridgette Vinyard-Hartwick, and Mark Tait, M.D. (photo by Evan Lewis)

LITTLE ROCK — The first Arkansan and only second person in the world has received an innovative prosthetic hand, developed by researchers at the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I³R), that restores a meaningful sense of touch and grip force following surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The lengthy and…

May 15, 2023

American Cancer Society Funds UAMS Study of ACA’s Impact on Breast Cancer Treatment

David Robinson

Chenghui Li, Ph.D., said findings from her study should provide important insights into how the Affordable Care Act has impacted racial disparities in breast cancer treatment.

LITTLE ROCK — An American Cancer Society grant will support a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) influence on racial disparities in the use of a common, life-saving treatment for Arkansas breast cancer patients. The two-year, $222,000 grant is led by Chenghui Li, Ph.D., an associate professor…

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 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…

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