College of Medicine


September 12, 2019

Graduate Student Explores Potential of Handheld DNA/RNA Sequencers in Outbreaks

Amy Widner

Alkam at lab bench with sequencer

Imagine there’s an outbreak of an infectious disease. Could health officials on the ground harness the power of new handheld DNA and RNA sequencers to monitor outbreaks in real-time and quickly contain them? This question lies at the heart of research published in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution by UAMS graduate student Duah Alkam….


September 11, 2019

Two UAMS Medical Students Awarded Scholarships for Rural Arkansas Primary Care

Benjamin Waldrum

Brasher, of North Little Rock, and Cullum, of Bono, are this year's recipients of the Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship.

Two UAMS medical students have each been awarded a $20,000 Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield Primary Care Scholarship, which encourages aspiring physicians to pursue primary care practices in rural Arkansas. This year’s recipients are Drake Cullum of Bono, a senior, and Olivia Brasher of North Little Rock, a junior. The scholarship has been presented…


September 10, 2019

UAMS Clinical Trial Shows Promise in New Method for Stroke Treatment

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Culp near research poster

Professor William C. Culp, M.D., and colleagues at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have published promising results from the first human trial of a new drug to treat strokes. If the results of this Phase I clinical trial are repeated in the next phases, the UAMS professors could be responsible for developing…


September 5, 2019

UAMS Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Grant for HIV Education

Amy Widner

Portrait of Sockwell near painting

Latunja Sockwell, a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a $2.5 million federal grant to expand HIV and hepatitis C prevention education among African American men and women with a history of criminal justice involvement and substance abuse, especially opioid abuse. The five-year grant comes from the Substance Abuse…


September 4, 2019

Erika Petersen, M.D., Selected to Lead National Clinical Trial on Painful Diabetic Neuropathy

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Petersen

Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon and researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named the lead investigator for a major national clinical trial exploring a unique treatment for a painful chronic diabetic foot condition. The trial will test whether high frequency spinal cord stimulation is an effective treatment for painful…


UAMS Receives $4.6 Million Grant to Address Rural Physician Shortage

Amy Widner

Students talking to patient

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve access to quality health care in rural Arkansas by expanding efforts to train and retain primary care physicians. The Arkansas Medical Education Primary Care Partnerships project aims to increase the…


August 22, 2019

UAMS Graduates Reunite and Reminisce at Alumni Weekend 2019

Benjamin Waldrum

Judy Huneycutt and Jill Lancaster, both CON '69, pose for photos during the Saturday night Golden Grad dinner at the Capital Hotel.

UAMS graduates from all colleges spent the Aug. 16-17 Alumni Weekend living it up in Little Rock, enjoying hands-on learning, fine dining and each other’s company. More than 100 UAMS alumni and guests, many from this year’s Golden Graduates, the Class of 1969, reconnected with old friends and colleagues, making the most of their time…


August 21, 2019

Neurosurgeon Erika Petersen, M.D., Awarded for Work to Improve Pain Treatment

Amy Widner

Dr. Petersen holding award

Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon at UAMS, has received the inaugural Clinical Excellence Award from the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience for her work to advance the treatment of pain. “Dr. Peterson’s recent achievements in research, education and clinical care made her an overwhelmingly unanimous choice,” said Dawood Sayed, M.D., president of the American…


August 15, 2019

College of Medicine Freshmen Don White Coats to Start Med School Journey

Amy Widner

Student putting on white coat

What does it mean to wear the physician’s white coat? Reassurance. Competence. Professionalism. Cleanliness. Responsibility. Trust. For patients, yes, but what about for the College of Medicine Class of 2023? Its 174 members donned their white coats for the first time during the White Coat Ceremony, held at Robinson Auditorium before a crowd of family,…


August 14, 2019

Robert Eoff, Ph.D., Receives $1.2 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

Amy Widner

Robert Eoff, Ph.D.

Researcher Robert Eoff, Ph.D., has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) on DNA damage, cell replication and its implications for diseases like dementia, ALS and cancer. Eoff is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular…



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