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Judith Weber, Ph.D., Named Associate Dean for Research in UAMS College of Nursing

Oct. 8, 2020 | Judith Weber, Ph.D., director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and a professor in the UAMS colleges of Medicine and Public Health, has been named associate dean for research in the College of Nursing effective Nov. 1. She succeeds Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, who retired this year but...

COPH Writing Retreat

Faculty, Staff, Students Participate in College of Public Health Scholarly Writing Retreat

Oct. 7, 2020 | Researchers spent two days recently, distraction free, writing at the 2020 UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Scholarly Writing Retreat. The retreat provided an environment for researchers, students, faculty, post-docs, and community partners to come together and enhance their writing skills and dissemination of research findings. In particular, the retreat aimed to increase...

Group photo of Dr. MacMillan-Crow's lab

UAMS Researcher Patents Tool to Study How to Improve Kidney Transplants

Oct. 7, 2020 | A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has patented a research tool she hopes will bring scientists one step closer to making more kidneys available for lifesaving transplants. More than 100,000 people in the United States are on the waiting list each year for kidney transplants, according to the National Kidney...


Exercise Program Helps Slow Parkinson’s Symptoms

Oct. 7, 2020 | In a spacious room on the bottom floor of the Donald W. Reynold’s Institute on Aging, fitness instructor Kellie Coleman stands in front of a camera. She begins leading about a dozen people through an hour-long exercise class for patients living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). “Next, get on the edge of your chair, rotate your...

Riley Sanders, M.D.

Jones Eye Videos Teach while Sharing Learning

Oct. 6, 2020 | Making, watching and posting videos on the internet may sound like the farthest thing from work. But for Riley Sanders, M.D., a vitreoretinal surgery fellow at the UAMS Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, making internet videos is helping advance the field of ophthalmology. Sanders has recently had almost a dozen videos he has made...

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN

UAMS Researcher Finds Women Unaware of Risks of Heart Disease

Oct. 6, 2020 | A UAMS nurse researcher has found that women’s awareness of the dangers of heart disease has declined significantly over the past decade. Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., RN, professor emerita in the UAMS College of Nursing, was among a dozen co-authors of the research paper, published in September by the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation. “Heart...

Priya Mendiratta, M.D., second from left, talks to UAMS students, residents and fellows about the new Geriatric Buddy program.

‘Geriatric Buddy’ Program Hopes to End Isolation of Older Adults

Oct. 2, 2020 | Oct. 2, 2020 | UAMS geriatrician Priya Mendiratta, M.D., wants to brighten the lives of older adults who are isolated at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. She and some students have an idea for how to do that. “In the nursing home, for the first one or two months of the pandemic when we didn’t...

A clip from a video by Riley Sanders, M.D., and Sami Uwaydat, M.D., featured on the American Academy of Ophthalmology website, where it's accessible to an international audience for training.

Ophthalmology Residents Stay Active Despite COVID Restrictions

Oct. 1, 2020 | The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic closed most everything, including doctor’s offices, giving many people free time to learn new skills. Internet videos on making sourdough bread raked in viewers. But the residents in training at the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, though unable to see patients, spent their time online learning skills...

The UAMS Stroke Program care team with the Get with the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus award.

UAMS Stroke Care Celebrated by American Heart Association

Sept. 30, 2020 | The quality of care for stroke patients at UAMS was recognized today in an online awards celebration hosted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The UAMS Stroke Program was noted for recent accomplishments, including Get with the Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus award, and its certification by The Joint Commission as central...

New research by Samuel Atcherson, Ph.D.,shows that transparent masks and face shields muffle sounds more than other masks do.

UAMS Research Shows Transparent Face Shields Significantly Muffle Sounds

Sept. 29, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK —New research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) shows that while transparent masks and face shields aid in communication by restoring the visibility of the mouth and the lips, they muffle the sounds made by the speaker more than other masks do.

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