Research


July 12, 2019

Researchers Simulate Poverty to Understand Effects on Health

Spencer Watson

Researchers ran a pilot of the poverty simulation in May, inviting students from throughout campus to participate.

It’s not necessarily a stretch to suggest that the ZIP code of a patient’s home address – or whether they have a home address at all – may offer as much insight into their health as measurements of height, weight, body temperature and blood pressure. “It’s true. Research says that only about 20% of a…


July 3, 2019

NIH Awards Five-Year, $24.2 Million Grant to UAMS Translational Research Institute

David Robinson

UAMS Chancellor Cam Patterson, left, listens to Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute after both of them announced $24.2 million in new funding for the institute.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute announced today it will receive five years of federal funding totaling $24.2 million to accelerate research that addresses Arkansas’ biggest health challenges. The Translational Research Institute helps researchers turn their ideas and findings into new medical treatments and other health interventions. Its focus is…


June 17, 2019

Vice Chancellor Leads Workshop on Defense Department Grant Process

Ben Boulden

More than 50 people attended the workshop on Department of Defense research funding.

UAMS research faculty learned how to get a leg up on applying for funding from the U.S. Department of Defense during a recent workshop hosted by Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., the new UAMS vice chancellor for research. Open to all research faculty, the U.S. Department of Defense grant writing crash course June 7 was scheduled in…


June 6, 2019

Researcher Receives Grant to Continue Work on High Blood Pressure as Immune Disorder

Amy Widner

Researchers together in lab

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher who is seeking an explanation for why millions of people worldwide do not respond to the current available treatments for high blood pressure has received $1.89 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue this groundbreaking work. Shengyu Mu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department…


May 17, 2019

Six Years into Retirement: Neurology Professor Still Making Major Contributions

Amy Widner

Portrait of Gerry Dienel and Nancy Cruz outside, surrounded by desert plants

Does science stop in retirement? The short answer — according to Gerald A. Dienel, Ph.D. — is no. The long answer? It’s reflected in the many publications, lectures and contributions Dienel has made since retiring in 2013 as a professor emeritus in the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dienel has 23…


May 7, 2019

Johann Granted $1.47 Million to Continue Cutting-Edge Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Amy Widner

Dr. Johann at desk

Physician-scientist Donald J. Johann Jr., M.D., has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test. Johann is an associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Informatics…


April 19, 2019

23rd Showcase Highlights Work of National Center for Toxicology Research

Spencer Watson

William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., introduces NCTR research during the 23rd Showcase of Medical Discoveries.

The diverse and intricate work of the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas, the only FDA center outside of Washington, D.C., took center stage at the 23rd Showcase of Medical Discoveries, held April 10 in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The series is intended to foster scientific collaboration by sharing…


April 15, 2019

Researcher Granted $1.86 Million to Study Poxvirus

Amy Widner

Dr. Liu at desk

The poxvirus — with its applications for the investigation of disease development, cross-species infection-caused diseases, vaccine development and cancer virotherapy — is the focus of research by Jia Liu, Ph.D., who has received a $1.86 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue this innovative work at the University of Arkansas for Medical…


March 26, 2019

UAMS Aims to Improve How Researchers Share Results with Study Participants

David Wise

FAYETTEVILLE – More than $180 billion is spent each year in the U.S. on medical and health research, with hundreds of thousands of people taking part. However, the results of those studies are often not returned to participants. Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) are trying to change that. Chris Long,…


March 11, 2019

Physician Living with Parkinson’s: No One Should Go Through It Alone

Katrina Dupins

Glenn Davis, M.D., was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2007.

Every year in America, health care professionals diagnose 50,000 to 60,000 new cases of Parkinson’s disease. In 2007, Glenn Davis, M.D., was one of those patients, though he’d experienced symptoms a few years prior.



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