Research


September 8, 2020

$1.9 Million Grant Funds DNA Damage Research by UAMS Scientist Justin Leung, Ph.D.

Susan Van Dusen

Justin Leung, PhD

A $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of General Medical Studies (NIGMS) will allow a scientist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to advance his research of DNA damage response (DDR) in cancer and genetic disorders.


September 4, 2020

COVID-19 Course for Medical Students Published for International Audience

Amy Widner

Zoom shot of researchers and teachers

Imagine teaching a class while using a new technology and the details of the lesson keep changing right up until the last second – all while student and teacher alike are experiencing massive disruptions in their personal lives. The professors at UAMS tasked with teaching the online COVID-19 course for the year three and year…


September 3, 2020

UAMS Research Expo Draws a Virtual Crowd

David Robinson

Yuet-Kin “Ricky” Leung, Ph.D. (left), won the 2020 Research Expo's Grand Door Prize, a manuscript submission fee to be paid by TRI. Leung also enjoyed the 2019 Expo, above with Nagai C. "Neville" Tam, Ph.D. (File Photo)

The UAMS Research Expo on Aug. 25 drew 184 registrants for the virtual event with 25 research service providers presenting via Zoom. Sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI), the event included overviews of up to five minutes from representatives of the research services. Attendees were able to drop into the event to hear…


UAMS Researchers Awarded $11.4 Million Grant to Continue Study of Cancer Therapy Side Effects

Ben Boulden

The four new COBRE researchers are, left to right, Amanda Stolarz, Ping-Ching Hsu, Brendan Frett and Caroline Schinke.

LITTLE ROCK — Led by Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., a team of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers has received a five-year $11.4 million grant to continue research into the side effects of cancer therapies, including radiation and chemotherapies. The Centers for Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), a program of the National Institute of General…


September 2, 2020

UAMS Lung Cancer Researcher Contributes to Publication of Validation Protocols for Liquid Biopsy to Detect Cancer

Susan Van Dusen

Donald J. Johann, M.D.

Donald J. Johann, M.D., a lung cancer researcher at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), played an integral role in the publication of research related to liquid biopsy tests, or blood tests, for cancer.


September 1, 2020

UAMS’ Alan Tackett, Ph.D., Named to NIH Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics Study Section

Susan Van Dusen

Alan Tackett, PhD

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., was recently named a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Mechanisms of Cancer Therapeutics-1 (MCT1) Study Section, one of the major review boards for evaluation of cancer research by the NIH Center for Scientific Review.


August 27, 2020

UAMS-Based Investigators Receive $39 Million Grant Renewal to Coordinate Multistate Clinical Trials in Infants & Children

Amy Widner

Portrait of Drs. Lee and Snowden

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been awarded $39 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue to oversee an 18-site pediatric clinical trial network that provides children in medically underserved or rural areas access to clinical studies on environmental influences on early development. The Data Coordinating and Operations Center…


August 24, 2020

UAMS Researchers See 43% Funding Increase in FY2020

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation, said new research approaches have helped spur funding growth.

LITTLE ROCK – The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its affiliate research institutions saw research funding grow by 43% this past year, with $158.1 million in grants by the end of the fiscal year, June 30. The bulk of the funding is from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal…


August 17, 2020

When Children Beg for Vegetables: Study Looks into ‘Pester Power’

Amy Widner

Windy WISE logo

Young children have a superpower that UAMS researchers believe can be harnessed for positive change. It’s called pester power, and it’s exactly what it sounds like: with the right priming, kids can “pester” adults into making healthy food choices. To study pester power, UAMS researchers looked at a yearlong program in which young children were…


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…



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