Research


August 5, 2020

$780,000 Federal Grant Will Give UAMS Medical Students Hands-on Cancer Research Experience

Susan Van Dusen

Thomas Kelly, Ph.D., (left) and Richard Nicholas, M.D., received a $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to offer a summer research experience for UAMS College of Medicine students.

LITTLE ROCK — A $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a hands-on summer cancer research experience for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Partnership in Cancer Research will provide focused and innovative research experiences in laboratories, community outreach programs and clinics for selected first- and second-year students…


July 30, 2020

Arny Ferrando, Ph.D., Invested in Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention

Benjamin Waldrum

Ferrando, who joined UAMS in 2006, co-directs the Center for Translational Research in Aging and Longevity at the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, where he is also a professor in the Department of Geriatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine. His career has highlighted nutritional, exercise and pharmacological interventions directed toward the prevention and recovery of muscle loss and function.

LITTLE ROCK — Arny A. Ferrando, Ph.D., a leading authority on skeletal muscle protein metabolism and its relation to muscle function and performance with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested in July in the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention. There was no formal…


July 29, 2020

UAMS, UAF Artificial Joint Research Sparked by ‘Give and Get’ Retreat

David Robinson

Portrait of Dr. Smeltzer in office

Researchers at UAMS and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are working to develop longer-lasting artificial hip and knee replacement joints that are also more resistant to infections. UAMS’ Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., a microbiologist with expertise in Staphylococcus aureus and orthopaedic infection, is collaborating with UAF’s Min Zou, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer with expertise in nano-surface-engineering…


July 24, 2020

Grant Gives UAMS Physician-Scientist Access to Gene Analysis Software

Susan Van Dusen

Dr. Analiz Rodriguez

New grant funding will assist UAMS physician-scientist Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., in identifying more effective therapies for patients whose cancer has spread to their brain.


July 23, 2020

Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Awarded Nearly $3.14 Million to Further Myeloma Research

Linda Haymes

Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Myeloma Center research director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received two grants totaling almost $3.14 million to study the molecular genetics and drug resistance of multiple myeloma, the second-most common blood-related cancer.

LITTLE ROCK — Fenghuang “Frank” Zhan, M.D., Ph.D., Myeloma Center research director at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received two grants totaling almost $3.14 million to study the molecular genetics and drug resistance of multiple myeloma, the second-most common blood-related cancer. One grant from the U.S. Department of Defense provides $1.4…


July 16, 2020

UAMS Contributes to Global Study Published in Lancet on Lung Complications for COVID-19 Patients Undergoing Surgery

Amy Widner

Dr. Giorgakis posing for photo outside

COVID-19 patients who underwent surgery were more likely to develop lung complications or die compared to those without COVID-19 in an international study that included the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as a collaborating partner. Because of this heightened risk, the threshold for surgery should be higher during the pandemic, with consideration given…


June 17, 2020

Research Finds Inflammatory Connection for High Cholesterol, Suggests Possible Combo of Medications

Amy Widner

Portrait of Metha and Ding outside

New research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and the affiliated VA Medical Center suggests a combination of drug therapies – one that already exists and a second that would need to be developed to target a specific inflammatory response – could be effective for managing high LDL-cholesterol and atherosclerosis, and the…


June 10, 2020

UAMS-UA Research Yields Long-lasting Disinfectant Spray for Surfaces

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Crooks

Researchers at UAMS and University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are developing a long-lasting spray that coats and disinfects surfaces for extended periods, even in heavy use, and is less likely to transmit infectious diseases. The project is one of many at both campuses that uses research funding quickly made available during the COVID-19 pandemic for projects…


June 3, 2020

Findings on DNA Damage Repair Published by UAMS Cancer Researcher

Susan Van Dusen

Leung research team

A research team led by cancer researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has uncovered the role of the protein RNF168 in DNA damage repair and shown how mutations of the protein affect people with a rare genetic condition.


May 21, 2020

UAMS Researcher to Use $991,000 to Improve Health of Arkansans with Food Insecurity and Type 2 Diabetes

David Wise

Chris Long

FAYETTEVILLE – A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher recently received a $991,145 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the nutritional health of low-income individuals with type 2 diabetes. Christopher Long, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, will use the  award from the USDA’s National Institute…



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