Translational Research Institute


June 28, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Study Testing Rapid Genomic Surveillance for Antibiotic Resistant Infections

David Robinson

Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., discusses her TRI pilot award-supported findings with Fred Prior, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, at TRI Research Day in April.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study is developing real-time and accurate genomic methods that can be used routinely to deliver life-saving information to doctors treating antibiotic-resistant infections. Backed by a two-year, $418,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grant, UAMS’ Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., says the…


June 7, 2022

UAMS, CAVHS Studying Health Effects of Arkansas Veterans’ Exposure to Burn Pits in Middle East

David Robinson

U.S. Marines with 1st Marine Logistics Group view burn pit at Al Taqaddum Air Base, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2008.

LITTLE ROCK — More than 300 Arkansas veterans will become part of a new study conducted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) to determine if exposure to open pit burning and molecular-level changes are associated with chronic health conditions. The Department of Veterans Affairs…


May 31, 2022

TRI Announces Nine KL2 Scholars for 2022-2023

David Robinson

A medical doctor touching the electronic medical record on a tablet.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute’s KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholars Program announced nine new scholars for 2022-2023, its largest-ever class. These promising early-career researchers receive two years of funded support and mentored translational research training. The program selects scholars through a competitive application process and provides 75% salary support and up to $25,000 a…


May 23, 2022

UAMS Begins Final Study of First Rapid Test for Acetaminophen Toxicity with $3.2 Million Grant

David Robinson

Laura James, M.D., hopes the final phase of research will lead to FDA approval of the rapid test for acetaminophen toxicity.

The first rapid diagnostic test for acetaminophen toxicity has cleared a major hurdle on its long road to the marketplace from UAMS.


May 20, 2022

ARresearch Study Participants Celebrated on Clinical Trials Day

David Robinson

Nathaniel Noble, an ARresearch volunteer, discusses a study with UAMS' Giuseppina “Giusy” Dusio, Ph.D., in this file photo.

As part of international Clinical Trials Day 2022, research leaders saluted the more than 8,400 Arkansas volunteers in the ARresearch registry at UAMS.


May 11, 2022

Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’ Inspires UAMS Researchers’ Opioid Misuse Game for Adolescents

Seth Hooker

Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., presents a poster on the study of a game app that aims to prevent prescription opioid misuse among adolescents.

LITTLE ROCK — Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., and Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., know that kids love video games. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers also know that kids don’t love out-of-touch literature about the dangers of drugs. So, they decided to present the repercussions of prescription drug misuse in an interactive video game…


April 14, 2022

Four UAMS Researchers Win Entrepreneurship Competitions, Including $25,000 Governor’s Cup

David Robinson

Shana Owens, Ph.D., presented her research during the UAMS Translational Research Institute's recent Research Day.

A virus test developed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to help prevent a common cat cancer won the top $25,000 prize at the Arkansas Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on March 31. Shana Owens, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology, invented…


April 7, 2022

UAMS COVID-19 Study Earns Publication’s Translational Science Award

David Robinson

A Marshallese resident in Northwest Arkansas receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

A UAMS team’s article on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy recently received the 2022 Clinical and Translational Science Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT). The study, “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Race/Ethnicity, Trust and Fear,” became the most downloaded paper in 2021 from ASCPT’s journal Clinical and Translational Science. The study was conducted by…


March 16, 2022

Study Puts More Than 50 UAMS Faculty Among Top 2% of Influential Researchers

David Robinson

Shuk Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation, said the lengthy list of influential UAMS faculty is a testament to the institution’s high priority for research.

LITTLE ROCK — A study by Stanford University lists over 50 current and retired UAMS faculty among the top 2% of most influential researchers. The study is based on an analysis of Scopus, the largest database of peer-reviewed research literature. To determine the most influential researchers, the study authors used a combination of citation metrics…


March 2, 2022

High School Student Earns Spot on UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Anu Iyer, a junior at Little Rock Central High School, was invited to join a UAMS research team studying Parkinson's disease.

When a UAMS Parkinson’s disease research project needed someone with machine learning expertise, Fred Prior, Ph.D., asked Anu Iyer if she would be interested. It would have been a routine invitation among researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), but Iyer is a junior at Little Rock’s Central High School. Prior, Iyer’s…



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