Faculty


January 9, 2020

Research Highlights Link Between PTSD from Combat, Thyroid Function

Amy Widner

Maraka and Toloza before research poster

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have found a potential link between PTSD in combat veterans and changes in thyroid function. Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and staff physician at…


January 8, 2020

J.L. Mehta Honored by Italian Society of Cardiology, University of Rome

Amy Widner

Dr. Mehta receiving award

Cardiologist J.L. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., received multiple honors during a recent trip to Rome. Mehta is a distinguished professor of medicine and physiology and biophysics at UAMS and holds the Stebbins Chair in Cardiology in the UAMS College of Medicine. He gave an invited lecture at the 80th annual session of the Italian Society of…


November 15, 2019

Caucus Celebrates 30 Years of Women Faculty in Research

Amy Widner

Dr. Davidson by gesturing by poster

The Women’s Faculty Development Caucus celebrated 30 years by turning a spotlight on women in research at UAMS, while also setting new goals to ensure that progress continues.


November 13, 2019

UAMS Scientist Shows Brain Sugar Malfunction in Alzheimer’s, Gains National Attention

Amy Widner

Dr. Barger in lab

Steven Barger, Ph.D. — a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — has entered the national spotlight for showing how the mechanism that brings sugar to the brain malfunctions in people with Alzheimer’s disease, highlighting a potential target for treatment. The study also explains why Alzheimer’s can mimic the symptoms of…


November 1, 2019

Infection Expert Part of $5.6 Million Grant for Bone Regeneration Technology

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Smeltzer in office

UAMS researcher Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., is applying his expertise in bone disease and infection to a $5.6 million project for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) aimed at making the technology to re-grow bone available for the military and the public. The grant was awarded to Alex Biris, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Center for…


October 17, 2019

Research into Baby Biomechanics Shows Issues with Infant Inclined Sleepers

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Mannen

Groundbreaking research on inclined sleep products for infants by Erin Mannen, Ph.D., a baby biomechanics expert and mechanical engineer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was made public Wednesday as part of a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation into their safety and related rulemaking. “Over the course of a year-long study,…


UAMS Researcher Pinpoints Immune System Cause for Autism Subtype

Amy Widner

Dr. Harville at hood

Researcher Terry Harville, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has published a major study that for the first time links autism spectrum disorder to a specific genetic variation affecting the immune system. The study, published in the Frontiers of Psychiatry, found that a genetically inherited immune type HLA-Cw7 was present…


October 16, 2019

Arabinda K. Choudhary, M.D., MBA, Invested in Ernest J. Ferris, M.D. Chair in Diagnostic Radiology

Benjamin Waldrum

Ernest Ferris, M.D., longtime chair of the Department of Radiology and the chair's namesake, and Arabinda K. Choudhary, M.D., wearing the commemorative medallion.

Arabinda K. Choudhary, M.D., MBA, chair of the Department of Radiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Oct. 14 in the Ernest J. Ferris, M.D. Chair in Diagnostic Radiology. Choudhary is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric neuroimaging and imaging related to pediatric abusive head…


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…


July 19, 2019

Morehouse Medicine Leader Sees Challenges, Promise in Pursuing Health Equity

Amy Widner

Dr. Rice gives presentation

Arkansas and Georgia both face challenges and opportunities when it comes to reaching underserved health populations in the rural South, said Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. Rice said both Morehouse and UAMS have vital roles to play in addressing health equity as a means of improving health care…



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