Faculty


July 1, 2020

UAMS First in Arkansas to Use ExcelsiusGPS for Robot-Assisted Spinal Surgery

Amy Widner

Screen shot of robot

UAMS Medical Center is the first hospital in Arkansas to operate with the ExcelsiusGPS robotic spine navigation system that helps improve accuracy and reduce the invasiveness of spinal surgery. Both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery use the new spine robot for patients needing spine surgery. Noojan Kazemi, M.D., an associate professor…


June 17, 2020

Research Finds Inflammatory Connection for High Cholesterol, Suggests Possible Combo of Medications

Amy Widner

Portrait of Metha and Ding outside

New research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the affiliated VA Medical Center suggests a combination of drug therapies – one that already exists and a second that would need to be developed to target a specific inflammatory response – could be effective for managing high LDL-cholesterol and atherosclerosis, and the…


June 10, 2020

UAMS-UA Research Yields Long-lasting Disinfectant Spray for Surfaces

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Crooks

Researchers at UAMS and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are developing a long-lasting spray that coats and disinfects surfaces for extended periods, even in heavy use, and is less likely to transmit infectious diseases. The project is one of many at both campuses that uses research funding quickly made available during the COVID-19 pandemic for projects…


May 21, 2020

UAMS Researcher to Use $991,000 to Improve Health of Arkansans with Food Insecurity and Type 2 Diabetes

David Wise

Chris Long

FAYETTEVILLE – A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher recently received a $991,145 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the nutritional health of low-income individuals with type 2 diabetes. Christopher Long, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will use the  award from the USDA’s National Institute…


May 13, 2020

UAMS Creates Guidelines for Safe Return to Play for Team Sports

Amy Widner

Young kids playing football

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed guidelines to help high school and collegiate sports teams plan to safely resume activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAMS COVID19 Sports Committee that drafted the recommendations and considerations included experts from sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery, family medicine, pathology and infectious disease. “Our experts developed…


May 12, 2020

Arkansas INBRE Receives 5-Year Funding of $18.4 Million to Promote Biomedical Research Across Arkansas

Amy Widner

Group portrait of INBRE students

Arkansas INBRE, which promotes biomedical research with programs for undergraduate students and faculty statewide, has seen its federal funding renewed for $18.4 million over the next five years. While the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the lead institution, INBRE grants and programs have impacted nearly all colleges and universities in the state…


May 11, 2020

Graduate School Recognizes Student Wellness, Nursing Program Support, COVID-19 Volunteers & Graduates

Amy Widner

Group photo of Wellness Center staff

The faculty and staff of the Student Wellness Center were collectively honored as the Graduate Faculty of the Year at what would have normally been the Graduate School Spring Reception, announced via email this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Student Wellness Center is made up of Director Puru Thapa, M.D.; Vicki Flynn, M.D.;…


May 7, 2020

UAMS Receives FDA Authorization for Convalescent Plasma Use, Plus Partnerships for Statewide Access

Amy Widner

Gloved hands holding plasma viles

The Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of convalescent plasma in Arkansas as an experimental treatment for COVID-19 with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as the expanded access treatment program sponsor. With the authorization, UAMS Medical Center is able to use the treatment now without applying for FDA approval for…


April 28, 2020

Participation Surges as Trainings Supporting Educators and Children Shift Online

Amy Widner

Zoom meeting screen shot

Helping a child identify emotions, enabling a home visitor to effectively work with a family, inspiring children to explore healthy foods, coaching a childcare facility through improving targeted goals — these are all things the early childhood education programs at UAMS did in person before March 2020. In a matter of weeks, the Research &…


April 16, 2020

New Repository Helps Faculty Stay on Tenure Track During COVID-19

Amy Widner

Carol Thrush, Ed.D. with research poster

Before Arkansas had its first COVID-19 case, the reality of the impending pandemic was already setting in for UAMS faculty as cancellations for scientific conferences worldwide were announced one after another like falling dominos. For scientists and academics, presenting to their peers at conferences is one of the main ways other than publications that they…



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