Research


July 21, 2021

Cancer Discovery Published in Nature Highlights National Role of UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Members of the UAMS proteomics team are Alan Tackett, Ph.D. (center front), and (l-r) Stephanie Byrum, Ph.D., Rick Edmondson, Ph.D., Aaron Storey, Ph.D., and Samuel Mackintosh, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A highly specialized UAMS research team that serves as a national resource recently helped the University of North Carolina (UNC) discover a key driver of cancer cell development. The discovery, which gives researchers around the globe a new target for drug therapies, was published in the journal Nature. The achievement put an…


June 24, 2021

UAMS’ First Phase 1 Cancer Clinical Trial Testing New Way to Protect Hearts while Treating Cancer

David Robinson

UAMS' Hui-Ming Chang, M.D., is leading the Phoenix Trial.

LITTLE ROCK — The drug dexrazoxane has a reputation akin to someone who both fights and sets fires. On the one hand, this Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drug prevents heart damage caused by doxorubicin, which is used in chemotherapy. On the other hand, dexrazoxane may undermine the cancer treatment, causing many doctors to leave…


June 1, 2021

Jenkins to Help Lead Clinical Trials Expansion at UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute

Linda Haymes

Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, leads Early Phase Clinical Trials in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new Office of Clinical Trials Administration.

LITTLE ROCK — Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, recently joined the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s new Office of Clinical Trials Administration and will lead the Early Phase Clinical Trials at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).


May 11, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Hong-yu Li, Ph.D., Awarded $1.27 Million Grant

Linda Haymes

Hong-yu Li, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Hong-yu Li, Ph.D., a researcher with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received a five-year, $1,265,834 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute to work toward developing treatment options for acute myeloid leukemia patients. Li, a professor…


April 20, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Receives $1.1 Million as Part of NIH Grant at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

David Robinson

Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., is studying the role of a common nutrient in cancer in cancer treatment.

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow UAMS researcher Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., to ramp up her study of a nutrient that may have a role in the effectiveness of immunotherapy for cancer patients. Miousse will receive $220,000 per year for up to five years as one of four project leaders at the…


April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.


April 6, 2021

UAMS Researchers Named Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, Fellow

Susan Van Dusen

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., (left) and Alan Tackett, Ph.D., have been honored by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). The group named Yeh an ARA Scholar and Tackett an ARA Fellow.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that two researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be joining their ranks.


March 24, 2021

Four UAMS Cancer Institute Scientists Receive Research Grants

Susan Van Dusen

Seeds of Science grant awardees

Four researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to newly awarded $50,000 grants, which were announced in a virtual ceremony March 11. Presented annually since 2009, the Seeds of Science pilot grant awards assist cancer researchers in collecting data and developing projects that have the potential to result…


March 18, 2021

UAMS’ Justin Leung, Ph.D., Receives $1.47 million Grant from National Cancer Institute to Study DNA Damage Regulation

Linda Haymes

Justin Leung, Ph.D., (front and center with his team), a researcher with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, has been awarded a $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant to study DNA.

LITTLE ROCK — A five-year, $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant has been awarded to researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study DNA repair. Leung’s project is a collaboration with Robert Eoff, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the UAMS College…


March 3, 2021

UAMS Cancer Institute Expands Research with Addition of 10 Faculty

David Robinson

cancer research lab

The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently added 10 research faculty, significantly expanding the institute’s cancer research programs.



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