Research


January 9, 2020

Research Highlights Link Between PTSD from Combat, Thyroid Function

Amy Widner

Maraka and Toloza before research poster

Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have found a potential link between PTSD in combat veterans and changes in thyroid function. Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., is an assistant professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the Department of Internal Medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and staff physician at…


December 17, 2019

UAMS Graduate Student Recognized for Research Publication

News Staff

Tresor Mukiza

Tresor Mukiza, a Ph.D. student at UAMS, received high honors for his first-author publication in the November issue of the journal Genetics. The editors selected the paper to be featured in a Highlight, and cover art for the article was displayed on the journal home page during the month of publication. “This is a notable…


December 16, 2019

Society of Toxicology Awards Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Ho on staircase

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D. — vice chancellor for research and innovation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — has won the Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award from the Society of Toxicology, an internationally recognized professional organization.


November 27, 2019

Cancer Research Highlights Largest-Ever Showcase of Medical Discoveries

Susan Van Dusen

Stephanie Byrum, PhD

Scientists conducting cancer research in the lab, clinic and community gathered Nov. 20 at the 26th UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries to share their projects and discuss ways to work together.


November 15, 2019

Caucus Celebrates 30 Years of Women Faculty in Research

Amy Widner

Dr. Davidson by gesturing by poster

The Women’s Faculty Development Caucus celebrated 30 years by turning a spotlight on women in research at UAMS, while also setting new goals to ensure that progress continues.


November 13, 2019

UAMS Scientist Shows Brain Sugar Malfunction in Alzheimer’s, Gains National Attention

Amy Widner

Dr. Barger in lab

Steven Barger, Ph.D. — a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — has entered the national spotlight for showing how the mechanism that brings sugar to the brain malfunctions in people with Alzheimer’s disease, highlighting a potential target for treatment. The study also explains why Alzheimer’s can mimic the symptoms of…


November 1, 2019

Infection Expert Part of $5.6 Million Grant for Bone Regeneration Technology

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Smeltzer in office

UAMS researcher Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., is applying his expertise in bone disease and infection to a $5.6 million project for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) aimed at making the technology to re-grow bone available for the military and the public. The grant was awarded to Alex Biris, Ph.D., chief scientist at the Center for…


October 25, 2019

Year-End Funds from Chancellor Benefit Researchers

Ben Boulden

Maroof Zafar, center, discusses his research during a poster presentation at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Oct. 25, 2019 | The end of the last fiscal year brought $301,828 in total funds and new beginnings to some members of the UAMS research community, assisting with pilot grants, travel expenses and new equipment. Chancellor Cam Patterson, M.D., MBA, released the year-end funds to the Office of Research to make the awards possible….


October 17, 2019

Research into Baby Biomechanics Shows Issues with Infant Inclined Sleepers

Amy Widner

Portrait of Dr. Mannen

Groundbreaking research on inclined sleep products for infants by Erin Mannen, Ph.D., a baby biomechanics expert and mechanical engineer at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was made public Wednesday as part of a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission investigation into their safety and related rulemaking. “Over the course of a year-long study,…


Division’s Team Building Good for ‘Silo’ Prevention

Ben Boulden

Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine stop for a photo with the blue tarp they used during a team building exercise.

The Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine staff gathered Oct. 8 to problem solve and have fun to ensure that strong communication and coordination between them stays strong. The team building workshop brought together about 20 members who ordinarily are split up working in three different buildings across campus. The Organizational Development Division of UAMS Human…



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