Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health


August 23, 2021

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

Yavonda Chase

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 18, 2021

UAMS Researcher Establishes Scholarship for Sexual Health and Gender Equity

Ashley McNatt

Alex Marshall, Ph.D.

Alexandra Marshall, Ph.D., has gifted $50,000 to UAMS to establish the Marshall Scholarship for Sexual Health and Gender Equity in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health.


July 27, 2021

UAMS Students Aid Efforts to Offer Covid-19 Vaccines to Emergency Department Patients

Linda Satter

Carly Eastin, M.D., left, patient Antonio Jackson and second-year medical students Cammie York, Beau Pennington and Luke Lefler.

An idea for increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in Arkansas while providing an educational experience for University of Arkansas for Medical Science (UAMS) students has proven successful on both fronts.


July 20, 2021

UAMS Releases Findings from Statewide COVID-19 Antibody Study

David Robinson

A team at UAMS tested blood samples from July to December 2020 and found that by the end of the year, 7.4% of Arkansans had SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.

LITTLE ROCK — A statewide COVID-19 antibody study led by UAMS found that by the end of 2020, 7.4% of Arkansans had antibodies to the virus, but there were wide disparities among racial and ethnic groups. UAMS researchers released their findings this week to a public database, medRxiv (med archive).


July 6, 2021

Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., Named Director of UAMS Center for the Study of Obesity

Ashley McNatt

Michael Thomsen, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., has been named the director of the Center for the Study of Obesity in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Center for the Study of Obesity will develop not only active research programs related to obesity prevention…


June 22, 2021

UAMS Welcomes 15 Students to New Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med, Public Health Program

Linda Satter

Fourteen of the 15 Public Health Scholars.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has welcomed 15 students comprising the inaugural class of a post-baccalaureate pre-med program called Medical Scholars in Public Health. The program is a collaboration between the UAMS colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Pharmacy. The 15 students who began classes May 24 were chosen…


June 14, 2021

UAMS Project Part of National Effort to Reduce COVID-19 in Hardest Hit Populations

David Robinson

A Marshallese resident in Northwest Arkansas receives a COVID-19 vaccine.

LITTLE ROCK — UAMS researchers and their community partners across Arkansas are studying the causes behind COVID-19’s devastating impact on minorities and developing plans to help increase vaccination rates.


June 3, 2021

Individuals Gather for 2021 Maternal and Child Health Symposium

Ashley McNatt

MCH Symposium

Champions for women’s health and birth equity was the topic May 7 of the 2021 Maternal and Child Health Symposium. The symposium brought together virtually community leaders, students, researchers, health care workers and stakeholders to discuss the health disparities that exist among infant and maternal health outcomes. “We know that maternal and infant mortality exists…


May 28, 2021

UAMS Student Moriah Hollaway Receives Prominent Award from U.S. Public Health Service

Ashley McNatt

Moriah Hollaway

LITTLE ROCK — Moriah Hollaway, a senior at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been selected to receive a 2021 Excellence in Public Health Award from the U.S. Public Health Service Physician Professional Advisory Committee. The national award is given to medical students who are public health champions advancing the U.S. Public…


May 18, 2021

Rhee, Tilford Receive Chancellor’s Teaching Awards

Spencer Watson

Mick Tilford, Ph.D., Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, and Sung Rhee, Ph.D.

Sung W. Rhee, Ph.D., and J. Mick Tilford, Ph.D., are the recipients of the 2021 Chancellor’s Teaching Awards, a program established in 2004 to recognize excellence in teaching among UAMS faculty. “Sung and Mick are tremendous assets to UAMS, respected by colleagues and students alike, who advance scholarship and the academic mission of UAMS every…



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