Research


October 17, 2019

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…


UAMS Researcher Pinpoints Immune System Cause for Autism Subtype

Amy Widner

Dr. Harville at hood

Researcher Terry Harville, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has published a major study that for the first time links autism spectrum disorder to a specific genetic variation affecting the immune system. The study, published in the Frontiers of Psychiatry, found that a genetically inherited immune type HLA-Cw7 was present…


October 8, 2019

Research Collaboration Crosses Basic Science, Clinical Boundaries

Susan Van Dusen

NCI R01 collaborators

Biomedical research does not exist in a vacuum. To succeed, scientists must work together by combining resources and ideas in new and innovative ways.


October 3, 2019

Jia Liu, Ph.D., Honored as Community Champion, Receives $10,000

Ben Boulden

Jia Liu, Ph.D., right, and Shuk-mei Ho, Ph.D., hold up a large facsimile of a $10,000 check in celebration of the donation from the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Oct. 3, 2019 | It’s been a time of accolades for UAMS researcher Jia Liu, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Microbiology and Immunology. In June, she was awarded $10,000 in research funds by the River Valley Ovarian Cancer Alliance, an advocacy group based in Fort Smith, Arkansas that…


September 25, 2019

Research Induction Ceremony Launches Graduate Students’ Path to Ph.D.

Linda Haymes

Twenty-five UAMS Graduate School students from seven programs received white lab coats Sept. 16, signaling their readiness to begin doctoral research.

Twenty-five UAMS Graduate School students from seven programs received white lab coats Sept. 16, signaling their readiness to begin doctoral research. The donning of new research coats embroidered with their name to celebrate their pursuit of doctoral degrees may seem like a transformative moment happening in an instant. In reality, a lot of work took…


September 5, 2019

UAMS Researcher Receives $2.5 Million Grant for HIV Education

Amy Widner

Portrait of Sockwell near painting

Latunja Sockwell, a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a $2.5 million federal grant to expand HIV and hepatitis C prevention education among African American men and women with a history of criminal justice involvement and substance abuse, especially opioid abuse. The five-year grant comes from the Substance Abuse…


August 6, 2019

Undergraduates Learn By Doing at Summer Research Symposium

Amy Widner

Two male students presenting research at poster

Learning by doing and reinforcing concepts through presentation — those practices were the core lessons on display at the eighth annual Central Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium at UAMS. About 115 undergraduate students from across Arkansas and the nation gathered in the I. Dodd Wilson Education Building to give poster presentations and oral presentations on…


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…



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