Research


October 26, 2021

NCI Grant Supporting UAMS Research to Improve Cancer Treatment for Patients Lacking Good Gut Bacteria

David Robinson

UAMS’ Ruud P.M. Dings, Ph.D., hopes to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients with an absence of good gut bacteria.

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team will use a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to study promising new ways to improve the effectiveness of a common cancer treatment for patients lacking beneficial gut bacteria. The five-year, nearly $2 million grant is led by Ruud P.M. Dings, Ph.D., M.Sc., an…


October 25, 2021

UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Receives $158,000 Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Benjamin Waldrum

Workers with face masks

Funds Will Train 550 Employers and Workers in Pandemic Preparedness LITTLE ROCK — The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) received a one-year grant for $156,800 to provide infectious disease pandemic preparedness training to 550 employers and workers across the state. The U.S. Department of…


October 22, 2021

Three UAMS Researchers Receive DART Seed Grants for Data Science Projects

Linda Satter

Tiffany Huitt and Kevin Phelan sit behind open computers that display some of the NOAA curriculum students will use.

Three researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – two in the College of Medicine and one in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health –  recently received seed grants from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Division of Science and Technology to increase Arkansas students’ knowledge about data science. The DART (Data…


October 21, 2021

UAMS Participating in National Breast Cancer Screening Trial

Marty Trieschmann

Breast Center Director Gwendolyn Bryant-Smith, M.D., is leading the Cancer Institute's participation in a national mammography clinical trial.

The UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute is participating in the National Cancer Institute’s TMIST (Tomosynthesis Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial). The study compares two standard breast cancer screening methods — tomosynthesis (3D) mammograms and digital (2D) mammograms — and is designed to help researchers determine whether one method is better than the other at finding…


October 11, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Brian Koss, Ph.D., is First in State to Earn Prestigious NIH Director’s Award

Marty Trieschmann

Brian Koss, Ph.D., a researcher with the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, is the state’s first recipient of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award.

LITTLE ROCK — Brian Koss, Ph.D., a researcher with the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, is the state’s first recipient of the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award.


September 29, 2021

UAMS Research Team Upends Understanding of How Blood Clots Form; NIH Awards $2.5 Million for Further Study

David Robinson

Brian Storrie, Ph.D., with members of the research team (standing, l-r), Kelly Ball, M.S., Sung Rhee, Ph.D., and Irina Pokrovskaya, M.S., displaying images of blood platelets that have combined to seal a puncture wound.

LITTLE ROCK — A UAMS-led research team has found that blood clots form in puncture wounds similar to a skyscraper, with rooms and furnishings that scientists can now see. Published in Communications Biology, the discovery of the vaulted thrombus (blood clot) structure surprised researchers and is a big change from a long-held hypothesis. The Sept….


September 9, 2021

UAMS Research Team Finds Potential Cause of COVID-19 ‘Long-haulers’

David Robinson

Terry Harville, M.D., Ph.D., consults with John Arthur, M.D., Ph.D., in the UAMS Pathology Lab.

LITTLE ROCK — A UAMS research team has identified a potential cause of long-lasting symptoms experienced by COVID-19 patients, often referred to as long-haulers. The findings were published in the journal, The Public Library of Science ONE (PLOS ONE). At the heart of the team’s findings is an antibody that shows up weeks after an…


August 25, 2021

NIH Awards UAMS’ Nakagawa $3.6 Million to Expand HPV Cancer Vaccine Study

Marty Trieschmann

Dr. Mayumi Nakagawa - With an additional $3.6 million from the National Institutes of Health, Mayumi Nakagawa's, M.D., Ph.D., ground-breaking HPV vaccine research tops $10 million.

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded $3.6 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to complete phase 2 clinical trials of PepCan, a breakthrough vaccine she developed at UAMS to treat cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).


August 23, 2021

UAMS Researchers Awarded $2.5 Million Grant to Create Phone App to Prevent Opioid Use Relapse

Tim Taylor

Andrew James, Ph.D., a neuroimaging scientist in UAMS’ Brain Imaging Research Center, seeks to understand how the reward systems of the brain change during recovery from opioid use disorder.

LITTLE ROCK — A team of UAMS research scientists has been awarded a five-year grant worth $2.5 million from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine if a cell phone application can reduce the relapse rate in people with opioid use disorder.


August 19, 2021

UAMS Researcher Leading $3.1 Million Preschool Intervention to Reduce Obesity and Cancer in Arkansas, Louisiana

David Robinson

Taren Swindle, Ph.D., here visiting a Head Start classroom in 2019, is leading the NCI-funded study that aims to improve diets in early care and education settings.

UAMS is leading a major new effort to reduce cancer by addressing eating habits in early childcare and education settings. The project, led by UAMS’ Taren Swindle, Ph.D., will reach about 5,000 children and 500 teachers across Arkansas and Louisiana.



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