Research


December 2, 2022

Three Grants Aiding UAMS-Based Program’s Efforts to Expand Research in Arkansas

David Robinson

Lawrence Cornett, Ph.D., leads the Arkansas INBRE Program.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)-based program will use $614,117 from three recent grants to expand biomedical research in Arkansas. The three grants are administrative supplements to the Arkansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Program, awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….


November 14, 2022

UAMS Using $2.4 Million NIH Grant to Study Bacterium that Causes Tick-borne Relapsing Fever

David Robinson

Jon Blevins, Ph.D., in his lab with a Cytiva ÄKTA pure chromatography system used for purification of proteins in his research of tick-borne relapsing fever.

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a new federal grant to study genetic systems of the bacterium that causes tick-borne relapsing fever to better understand their molecular functions and reveal possible drug targets. UAMS’ Jon Blevins, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Medicine Department of…


October 25, 2022

NIH Awards UAMS $7.9 Million to Create More Space for Pandemic Response, Infectious Disease Research

David Robinson

UAMS’ Daniel Voth, Ph.D., is leading the NIH grant supporting renovations to increase infectious disease research space in the building behind him.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a $7.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand its infectious disease research capacity and establish a Pandemic Response and Public Health Laboratory by renovating existing research space. The renovation will create about 9,900 square feet of additional research space…


October 13, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Effort to Close Patient Outcome Gaps Across U.S. Level 1 and 2 Trauma Centers

David Robinson

Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D. (right), and Kevin Sexton, M.D., will test which organizational features affect patient outcomes at 230 Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers are hoping to help close wide gaps in trauma patient outcomes across the United States by harnessing new data to help trauma center leaders improve outcomes. Led by Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., and Kevin Sexton, M.D., the researchers will test which organizational features affect patient…


October 3, 2022

New Researchers Find Valuable Resources at Research Expo 2022

David Robinson

Veronica Smith, who directs the UAMS Rural Research Network, speaks with Ruiqi Cen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public. Health.

Research Expo 2022 arrived at a great time for Lisa Jansen, Ph.D., and more than 100 other researchers wanting to learn about and leverage the numerous research resources available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). “I am a new…


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…



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