Research


May 20, 2022

ARresearch Study Participants Celebrated on Clinical Trials Day

David Robinson

Nathaniel Noble, an ARresearch volunteer, discusses a study with UAMS' Giuseppina “Giusy” Dusio, Ph.D., in this file photo.

As part of today’s international Clinical Trials Day 2022, research leaders saluted the more than 8,400 Arkansas volunteers in the ARresearch registry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “We have had an incredible response from people in all 75 counties who want to be part of our research,” said Jean McSweeney, Ph.D.,…


May 19, 2022

UAMS Study Found Large Segment of Arkansans Still Susceptible to COVID-19 in Late 2020, 2021

Kev' Moye

Victor Cardenas

LITTLE ROCK — A team of scientists at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) carried out an eight-month seroprevalence survey that found 85% of the state’s population was still susceptible to the virus in late 2020. This project – which the Public Library of Science ONE recently published – focused on the number…


May 16, 2022

UAMS Infectious Disease Researchers Awarded $5.7 Million COBRE Grant Extension

Linda Satter

UAMS’ Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., first secured a Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) program grant in 2012 and will lead the program through its final phase.

LITTLE ROCK — The National Institute of General Medical Sciences within the National Institutes of Health awarded an additional $5.7 million, five-year grant to fund the third and final phase of a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences program that supports infectious disease research. This final phase of the Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)…


May 13, 2022

Study Finds Youth with Mental Health Problems Have Difficulty Maintaining a Job as an Adult

Kev' Moye

Amick

Youth with mental health problems often lack the ability to maintain a job when they become an adult, according to researchers who conducted a study on 1,200 people from ages 11 to 29 who had mental health issues. The study was the first of its kind to feature childhood and adolescent mental health problems and…


May 12, 2022

UAMS Researchers Find Student Behavior Improves When Schools Serve Breakfast after Class Begins

Kev' Moye

Dr. Thomsen

LITTLE ROCK — A research team, which included Andres Cuadros-Menaca, Ph.D., and Michael Thomsen, Ph.D., from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, discovered that schools providing breakfast after the school day begins (Breakfast After the Bell) experienced a decrease in student behavior issues. The study, published…


May 11, 2022

Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’ Inspires UAMS Researchers’ Opioid Misuse Game for Adolescents

Seth Hooker

Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., presents a poster on the study of a game app that aims to prevent prescription opioid misuse among adolescents.

LITTLE ROCK — Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., and Ronald Thompson Jr., Ph.D., know that kids love video games. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers also know that kids don’t love out-of-touch literature about the dangers of drugs. So, they decided to present the repercussions of prescription drug misuse in an interactive video game…


April 27, 2022

UAMS Testing New Noninvasive Device for Diagnosing Fetal Heart Conditions

David Robinson

UAMS researcher Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., first will test the new optically-pumped magnetometer's effectiveness detecting fetal heart conditions. The noninvasive imaging technology will be tested in the future for its ability to reveal other important functional details of fetal development.

LITTLE ROCK — Three grants in six months from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are helping University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher Hari Eswaran, Ph.D., explore promising noninvasive methods for diagnosing serious fetal health conditions. The grants total $4.4 million and support his pioneering work with sensor arrays that can reveal important…


April 19, 2022

UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries Highlights Obesity Research

Seth Hooker

The Showcase of Medical Discoveries included a range of obesity-related research, including a study about high intensity interval training (HIIT) in children.

Nine obesity-focused research projects grabbed the spotlight April 6 at the UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries. Hosted by Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., the showcase series dates to 2012, facilitating a space for UAMS researchers to share and discuss their most exciting projects. The event was the 31st of the series,…


April 14, 2022

Four UAMS Researchers Win Entrepreneurship Competitions, Including $25,000 Governor’s Cup

David Robinson

Shana Owens, Ph.D., presented her research during the UAMS Translational Research Institute's recent Research Day.

A virus test developed at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to help prevent a common cat cancer won the top $25,000 prize at the Arkansas Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition on March 31. Shana Owens, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology, invented…


April 7, 2022

UAMS COVID-19 Study Earns Publication’s Translational Science Award

David Robinson

A Marshallese resident in Northwest Arkansas receives a COVID-19 vaccine shot.

A UAMS team’s article on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy recently received the 2022 Clinical and Translational Science Award from the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT). The study, “COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy: Race/Ethnicity, Trust and Fear,” became the most downloaded paper in 2021 from ASCPT’s journal Clinical and Translational Science. The study was conducted by…



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