Research


March 7, 2022

UAMS-led International Study Provides Insight on Maternal Thyroid Function, Risk of Gestational Hypertension

Linda Satter

Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., in white coat

Results of an international four-year project led by Spyridoula Maraka, M.D., M.S., an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), were published this month in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology medical journal, clarifying an association between maternal thyroid function and a risk of gestational hypertension. The Lancet Diabetes &…


March 2, 2022

High School Student Earns Spot on UAMS Research Team

David Robinson

Anu Iyer, a junior at Little Rock Central High School, was invited to join a UAMS research team studying Parkinson's disease.

When a UAMS Parkinson’s disease research project needed someone with machine learning expertise, Fred Prior, Ph.D., asked Anu Iyer if she would be interested. It would have been a routine invitation among researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), but Iyer is a junior at Little Rock’s Central High School. Prior, Iyer’s…


March 1, 2022

Mohamed O. Elasri, Ph.D., Named Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UAMS

Linda Haymes

Mohamed O. Elasri, Ph.D.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently appointed Mohamed O. Elasri, Ph.D., as the associate vice chancellor for research. Elasri is an active researcher in infectious diseases and has established a highly innovative research program that includes antibiotic resistance, biofilm development, advanced material imaging and new regulatory ribonucleic acids (RNAs), a long, single-stranded…


UAMS Receives National Accreditation for Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

David Robinson

The Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program fellows are: (l-r) Salem AlGhamdi, MBBS (emergency medicine); Daniel Liu, M.D. (pediatrics); Lori Wong, M.D. (preventive medicine); and Jacob Wooldridge, M.D. (pathology). Pictured separately below is Obeid Shafi, M.D. (pediatrics).

LITTLE ROCK — The  University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) recently became the only institution in Arkansas and among the first in the country to gain national accredition of its Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program for physicians. The fellowship accreditation comes from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), providing 10 years of continued…


February 22, 2022

UAMS Researchers Find COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Prevalent Even Among Vaccinated

David Wise

vials and syringes

FAYETTEVILLE — Researchers with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Office of Community Health and Research recently published four articles on a study they conducted that found that many adults in Arkansas receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are doing so despite experiencing some doubts about the shot. The researchers determined – through a survey…


February 15, 2022

UAMS Receives $10 Million to Expand Community-Based Outreach Efforts to Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations

David Wise

Andrew Roshell IV, 16, gets his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine during the first COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic on April 10.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund COVID-19 outreach efforts across Arkansas. UAMS will use the grant to mobilize and deploy community health workers, patient navigators and social support specialists to the…


February 11, 2022

UAMS Part of New Statewide Core Facilities Exchange for Researchers

David Robinson

The Core Facilities Exchange (CFE) allows researchers across Arkansas to share resources and equipment.

The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) on Tuesday launched the Core Facilities Exchange (CFE), which allows researchers across Arkansas to share resources and equipment. The CFE is a partnership with the six major research facilities in Arkansas, including the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The launch and demonstration of the web-based CFE platform included remarks…


January 26, 2022

UAMS’ Kevin D. Raney, Ph.D., Named Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science

David Robinson

Kevin Raney, Ph.D., in his lab at UAMS.

 LITTLE ROCK — Kevin D. Raney, Ph.D., a research leader at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society and publisher of the Science family of journals. Raney is professor and chair of the…


January 25, 2022

UAMS Research Team Finds COVID-19 Has Mutation Limits

David Robinson

Illustration of COVID-19 new mutation

LITTLE ROCK — A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team has found that while the coronavirus can create dangerous variants like delta and omicron, its ability to mutate has limits that should help drug and vaccine makers trying to thwart it. Drawing from global databases with millions of sequenced SARS-CoV-2 genomes, the…


December 27, 2021

UAMS Stays on Course despite New Challenges from COVID-19 Pandemic

Ben Boulden

The Little Rock campus of UAMS in early fall 2020, as viewed through the branches of a tree along Hooper Drive, was home to many positive developments in 2021.

As UAMS did everything it could to fight COVID-19, it maintained its commitment to excellence and its core values during the public health crisis — a commitment that was noticed by multiple national organizations and publications.



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