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Steven R. Patierno, Ph.D.

Renowned Expert in Cancer Disparities Presents Blass Lecture

Oct. 22, 2020 | The late philanthropist Elizabeth Weitzenhoffer “Betsy” Blass firmly believed in the importance of biomedical research and education. Although Blass died in 2005, her influence lives on at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute through an endowed lecture series she established to provide UAMS scientists the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s leading...

Nursing students donned their white coats from remote locations while faculty applauded their transition to clinical care from the Little Rock campus.

Nursing Students Don White Coats as They Transition to Patient Care

Oct. 21, 2020 | Smiling faces projected onto an enormous screen took the place of the traditional in-person ceremony Oct. 9 as students working to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing put on their white coats for the first time. The coats symbolize their transition from learning the methods and mastering the skills of nursing to applying that knowledge...

"Scientists have long understood there is a connection between bone size and strength related to physical activity," said Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Oct. 20, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of...

Jones Trust College of Nursing Scholarship Recipients

UAMS College of Nursing in Northwest Arkansas receives $360,000 to Support Nursing Excellence

Oct. 19, 2020 | FAYETTEVILLE –The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $360,000 gift from the Harvey and Bernice Jones Charitable Trust to support nursing excellence in Northwest Arkansas. The gift establishes the Harvey and Bernice Jones Endowed Fund for Nursing Excellence, which will support the UAMS College of Nursing programs in Northwest Arkansas and...

Megan Smith, left, talks to Brandon Achor on Oct. 1 outside Achor Family Pharmacy in Maumelle. Oct. 1 was the official launch date for the Flip the Pharmacy program in Arkansas.

Program Aims to ‘Flip the Pharmacy’ Experience for Pharmacists, Patients

Oct. 19, 2020 | Gone are the days when your local pharmacy just dispensed prescriptions. Community pharmacists get to know their patients in a way that helps them recognize and act on health problems and medication issues that result in improving their health outcomes. And they believe those services deserve to be compensated by insurance companies. Sixteen Arkansas community...

Rachel Hale (top left), Community Engagement program manager at the UAMS Translational Research Institute, helped acquire grants for community gardens and energy efficiency projects. She is joined by other UAMS community garden volunteers (back row) Carissa Ansel, College of Public Health (COPH) student, Taylor Washington, COPH student, and Carolyn Greene, Ph.D. Front Row, COPH students Taylor McClanahan and Sarah Fountain.

USDA Awards Grants for Backyard Gardens and Adapting to Climate Change

Oct. 16, 2020 | A UAMS-community partnership has garnered two grants for community and backyard gardens and energy efficiency projects. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a one-year $100,000 grant for developing a network of gardens to improve access to local foods for low-income communities of color in central Arkansas. The grant will also fund education programs and initiatives...

Nurse in PPE

Study by UAMS Researchers Finds Low Risk of COVID-19 Infection from Hospital

Oct. 16, 2020 | People who had recently been in the hospital were 24 times less likely to develop a COVID-19 infection than the general population, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers found in a study that used data from 45 hospitals. The study focused on people who had been in the hospital for conditions not related...

2020 CCPC

Community Partners Gather to Address Health Disparities

Oct. 15, 2020 | Building bridges and partnerships to eliminate rural health disparities was the focus Sept. 25 of the 2020 Community-Campus Partnership Conference. The conference, presented by UAMS, brought together virtually over 200 community leaders, students, researchers, health care workers and stakeholders to discuss strategies that enhance the development and sustainability of community-campus partnerships in an effort to...

Leanne Lefler, Ph.D., APRN

UAMS Researcher Awarded $500,000 to Study Quality of Digital Care

Oct. 15, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $500,000 by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the quality of digital health visits for older patients. The funding is a supplemental award to a $4 million study funded last year to directly compare digital delivery of health care...

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