College of Medicine

May 23, 2019

Lab’s Work on Plague Published in Infection and Immunity

Amy Widner

Portrait of two scientists in lab

Roger D. Pechous, Ph.D., studies the bacteria that caused the infamous black death of the Middle Ages, shedding light on something old to potentially protect against something new: bioterrorism. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher’s latest work has been published in Infection and Immunity. Pechous is an assistant professor in the Department…

May 22, 2019

Commentary by UAMS’ van Rhee Featured in Blood Journal

Linda Haymes

“Significant progress has been made in recent years in the field of multicentric Castleman disease,” Frits van Rhee wrote in a recent commentary in Blood, a publication by the American Society of Hematology, noting several advancements.

Frits van Rhee, clinical director of the UAMS Myeloma Center, weighed in on a new combination therapy for treating newly diagnosed Castleman disease patients in the April 18 issue of Blood, a publication by the American Society of Hematology. In the commentary, “Storming the Castle with TCP,” van Rhee and coauthor Katie Stone, then-director of…

May 21, 2019

Summit Focuses on Treatment Concerns for Opioid Abusers

Tim Taylor

Group of addiction experts talking

Representatives from a number of health-care organizations, academic facilities and governmental agencies attended a meeting May 17 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center designed to bring attention to treatment options for those dealing with opioid use disorder. The Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Summit, sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthy Arkansas, featured…

May 20, 2019

UAMS Graduates 864 Health Care Professionals

Spencer Watson

Sharanda Williams (center), director of Academic Affairs in the UAMS College of Medicine, stands as marshal with students ready to receive their diplomas.

Degrees and certificates were awarded to 864 graduates of the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) five colleges and graduate school May 18 during a commencement ceremony at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock. Degrees were presented to 165 in the College of Medicine, 229 in the College of Nursing, 111 in the College of…

May 17, 2019

Six Years into Retirement: Neurology Professor Still Making Major Contributions

Amy Widner

Portrait of Gerry Dienel and Nancy Cruz outside, surrounded by desert plants

Does science stop in retirement? The short answer — according to Gerald A. Dienel, Ph.D. — is no. The long answer? It’s reflected in the many publications, lectures and contributions Dienel has made since retiring in 2013 as a professor emeritus in the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dienel has 23…

May 7, 2019

Johann Granted $1.47 Million to Continue Cutting-Edge Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Amy Widner

Dr. Johann at desk

Physician-scientist Donald J. Johann Jr., M.D., has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test. Johann is an associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Informatics…

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., Named UAMS Vice Chancellor for Research

Spencer Watson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.

Internationally renowned scientist Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) as its vice chancellor for research and as a professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. “We could not be more fortunate to have a leader of Dr. Ho’s caliber joining our team,” said UAMS…

May 1, 2019

First-year COM Team Makes Top-10 in National Ultrasound Competition

Amy Widner

Group photo of Sweere, Scott and Sifford

A group of College of Medicine freshmen recently went toe-to-toe with some of the leading medical schools in the nation. Their weapon of choice? The ultrasound. Morgan D. Sweere, Hayden Scott and Mason Sifford competed in SonoSlam, hosted by the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine and National Ultrasound Interest Group, on April 6 in Orlando,…

April 30, 2019

College of Medicine Dean’s Day Celebrates Faculty and Staff Excellence

Amy Widner

Dr. Smith at podium

Service. Innovation. Selflessness. Gratitude. These were some of the words used as the UAMS College of Medicine honored faculty and staff members for exemplary service and accomplishments in education, research and clinical care at the ninth annual Dean’s Honor Day ceremony on April 24. “For me, this is one of the most rewarding events of…

Gwen Childs, Ph.D., Earns Highest Award in Histochemistry

Amy Widner

Portriat of Dr. Childs with award

Gwen Childs, Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is the 2019 recipient of the highest award offered by the national Histochemical Society. Childs is a professor and chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences in the UAMS College of Medicine. She received the George Gomori, M.D., Ph.D., Award, which…

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