Research


September 26, 2022

UAMS Researchers Find Changes in Monkeypox Genome That May Explain Its Recent Rapid Spread

David Robinson

David Ussery, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The rapid spread of monkeypox is unlike the virus’ past outbreaks and may be a result of genetic mutations identified by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers. Led by UAMS’ David Ussery, Ph.D., the UAMS team published its findings this month in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The team compared…


September 20, 2022

UAMS Part of $6 Million National Effort to Make Testing for Toxins in Water and People Less Costly, Easier

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., (front) with her lab/study team members: (second row, from left) Marybeth Shepard, technician, Ricky Leung, Ph.D., associate professor, and Neville Tam, Ph.D., assistant professor; (back) Alex McDonald, technician.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is co-leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort to develop advanced, inexpensive devices to detect toxins in water and people. UAMS’ $908,952 portion of the four-year, $6 million project involves testing a novel way to detect toxins in humans, and is led by Shuk-Mei…


September 19, 2022

UAMS Researcher Receives Prestigious National Award, $1 Million to Support Falls Research in Older Adults

David Robinson

Jennifer Vincenzo, Ph.D., MPH, PT, is only the third physical therapist to receive the Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging.

LITTLE ROCK — Jennifer L. Vincenzo, Ph.D., MPH, PT, recently became the first University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher to receive the national Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging, which comes with $1 million over five years. The award will support Vincenzo’s work implementing a falls prevention strategy as…


September 8, 2022

BioVentures Team Aims to ‘Change Culture,’ Help Researchers Advance Discoveries

David Robinson

Kevin Sexton, M.D., here at a recent planning retreat, is making organizational changes at BioVentures that he hopes will help more researchers commercialize their discoveries.

Kevin Sexton, M.D., stepped into the role as president of BioVentures LLC this year with a vision and a plan for increasing commercialization resources to UAMS-affiliated researchers.


September 2, 2022

Lawmaker’s Staff Visits UAMS to Learn More about Research of Veterans’ Exposure to Burn Pits

David Robinson

After their meeting, members of Sen. John Boozman’s staff posed with UAMS researchers (l-r) Patrick McGuigan (Boozman), Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., Bradley Plunkett (Boozman), Yuet-Kin Leung, Ph.D., Mary Shepard and Labaron King (Boozman).

During a recent visit with University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers, Patrick McGuigan from U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s office said the research team’s newly funded project will help ensure that veterans who were exposed to open burn pits receive appropriate health care. Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation and…


August 24, 2022

UAMS Receives $3.4 Million to Study Radiation Injuries Caused by Nuclear Accidents and Bioterrorism

Marty Trieschmann

This UAMS research team was awarded $3.4 million dollars to study the effects of radiation

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received $3.4 million in funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study acute and delayed injuries caused by full-body radiation exposure from a nuclear accident or bioterrorism.


August 2, 2022

UAMS Researcher to Lead Study on Antibiotic Resistance in Fresh Vegetables in the United States

Kev' Moye

Dr. En Huang

LITTLE ROCK — En Huang, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health Department of Environmental Health Sciences, has received a three-year, $1 million research grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Huang and his team — which consists of Sun Hee…


June 28, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Study Testing Rapid Genomic Surveillance for Antibiotic Resistant Infections

David Robinson

Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., discusses her TRI pilot award-supported findings with Fred Prior, Ph.D., distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, at TRI Research Day in April.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) study is developing real-time and accurate genomic methods that can be used routinely to deliver life-saving information to doctors treating antibiotic-resistant infections. Backed by a two-year, $418,000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) grant, UAMS’ Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D., says the…


June 27, 2022

UAMS’ Eric Peterson, Ph.D., Named Executive Vice President of BioVentures LLC

David Robinson

Eric Peterson, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — Eric Peterson, Ph.D., has been named executive vice president of BioVentures LLC at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Peterson is chair of the UAMS Patent and Copyright Committee and is an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. As executive vice president, he will…


June 22, 2022

NCI Funds UAMS Study of Possible Links between Gammaherpesvirus Infections and Lymphomas

Seth Hooker

Craig Forrest, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — A possible link between gammaherpesviruses and lymphomas will receive further study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) with a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant. The five-year, $1.25 million grant renewal will mostly support ongoing work to better understand how gammaherpesvirus promotes mutations (chromosomal translocations) that lead to lymphomas. In…



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