May 10, 2021

NIH Grant Supporting UAMS Study of Drugs to Improve Long-term Kidney Transplant Outcomes

David Robinson

UAMS' Nirmala Parajuli, Ph.D., is studying a novel way to improve long-term kidney transplant survival.

LITTLE ROCK — A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow UAMS researcher Nirmala Parajuli, DVM, Ph.D., to study a novel way to improve the long-term outcomes of patients who receive kidneys from deceased donors. Parajuli, an assistant professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, will use the five-year $2.46…

May 7, 2021

UAMS Physician’s New Skills and Lucky Timing Save Vilonia Baby from Deadly, Disabling Disease

David Robinson

Darrell and Elaine Hurst with their two sons, Oliver (left) and Paxton. Oliver was born last year with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that could have killed him if not for a newborn screening implemented by UAMS’ Kapil Arya, M.D., and a new treatment.

Oliver Hurst owes his life to a luckily timed move across the country. His father and mother, who was then three months pregnant with Oliver, arrived in Vilonia from California in March 2020. At the time, UAMS’ Kapil Arya, M.D., was developing strategies as a UAMS Translational Research Institute Implementation Science Scholar to establish statewide…

May 5, 2021

Latest Virtual Showcase of Medical Discoveries Focuses on Cardiovascular Research

Linda Satter

Tara Johnson, M.D., discusses a study on identifying early signs of neurodevelopmental disabilities in some children.

Efforts to better understand heart problems and improve methods of detection and outcomes were the focus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) most recent Showcase of Medical Discoveries, this time focused on cardiovascular research. The virtual event, held April 21, was the 30th showcase sponsored by the UAMS Division of Research and…

May 3, 2021

American Heart Association’s Sweethearts Learn About Heart From UAMS Experts

Linda Satter

Kevin Phelan, Ph. D., talks to AHA Sweethearts as a medical resident waits on bed behind him to help him demonstrate an ultrasound.

About 35 high school sophomores who are part of the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Program got a close look into the inner workings of the heart in a virtual session April 26 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Sweethearts are high school sophomores who, over several months, learn about heart-healthy lifestyles…

April 26, 2021

UAMS Studies Highlight Endocrine Disorders that Put Children at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications, Death

David Robinson

A mother helping her diabetic child monitor her blood sugar. Diabetes mellitus type 1, Juvenile diabetes.

COVID-19 infections put children at much higher risk for complications and death if they have either poorly controlled diabetes or adrenal insufficiency, according to two studies by researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). One study found that children with poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes have a much higher risk of COVID-19-related…

April 22, 2021

UAMS Researcher Awarded $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Study Deadly Pathogen that Causes Severe Pneumonia

Linda Satter

Rogers Pechous

LITTLE ROCK — The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a five-year $1.7 million grant to a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher studying the pathogenesis of pulmonary infection. The UAMS laboratory run by Roger Pechous, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College…

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…

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