May 5, 2021

Latest Virtual Showcase of Medical Discoveries Focuses on Cardiovascular Research

Linda Satter

Tara Johnson, M.D., discusses a study on identifying early signs of neurodevelopmental disabilities in some children.

Efforts to better understand heart problems and improve methods of detection and outcomes were the focus of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) most recent Showcase of Medical Discoveries, this time focused on cardiovascular research. The virtual event, held April 21, was the 30th showcase sponsored by the UAMS Division of Research and…

May 3, 2021

American Heart Association’s Sweethearts Learn About Heart From UAMS Experts

Linda Satter

Kevin Phelan, Ph. D., talks to AHA Sweethearts as a medical resident waits on bed behind him to help him demonstrate an ultrasound.

About 35 high school sophomores who are part of the American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Program got a close look into the inner workings of the heart in a virtual session April 26 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The Sweethearts are high school sophomores who, over several months, learn about heart-healthy lifestyles…

April 26, 2021

UAMS Studies Highlight Endocrine Disorders that Put Children at Higher Risk for COVID-19 Complications, Death

David Robinson

A mother helping her diabetic child monitor her blood sugar. Diabetes mellitus type 1, Juvenile diabetes.

COVID-19 infections put children at much higher risk for complications and death if they have either poorly controlled diabetes or adrenal insufficiency, according to two studies by researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). One study found that children with poorly controlled Type 1 diabetes have a much higher risk of COVID-19-related…

April 22, 2021

UAMS Researcher Awarded $1.7 Million NIH Grant to Study Deadly Pathogen that Causes Severe Pneumonia

Linda Satter

Rogers Pechous

LITTLE ROCK — The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a five-year $1.7 million grant to a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher studying the pathogenesis of pulmonary infection. The UAMS laboratory run by Roger Pechous, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the College…

April 20, 2021

UAMS Cancer Researcher Receives $1.1 Million as Part of NIH Grant at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

David Robinson

Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., is studying the role of a common nutrient in cancer in cancer treatment.

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will allow UAMS researcher Isabelle Racine Miousse, Ph.D., to ramp up her study of a nutrient that may have a role in the effectiveness of immunotherapy for cancer patients. Miousse will receive $220,000 per year for up to five years as one of four project leaders at the…

April 12, 2021

Cancer DNA Blood Tests Validated By International Research Team

News Staff

UAMS' Donald Johann Jr., M.D., was part of an international team of researchers that conducted an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing. The team's findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

LITTLE ROCK — An international team today reports the findings of an independent assessment of five commercially-available assays for tumor DNA sequencing – a fast, cheap and less invasive method to diagnose and monitor cancer.

April 6, 2021

UAMS Researchers Named Arkansas Research Alliance Scholar, Fellow

Susan Van Dusen

Edward T.H. Yeh, M.D., (left) and Alan Tackett, Ph.D., have been honored by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). The group named Yeh an ARA Scholar and Tackett an ARA Fellow.

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that two researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will be joining their ranks.

March 24, 2021

Four UAMS Cancer Institute Scientists Receive Research Grants

Susan Van Dusen

Seeds of Science grant awardees

Four researchers at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute received a funding boost thanks to newly awarded $50,000 grants, which were announced in a virtual ceremony March 11. Presented annually since 2009, the Seeds of Science pilot grant awards assist cancer researchers in collecting data and developing projects that have the potential to result…

March 18, 2021

UAMS’ Justin Leung, Ph.D., Receives $1.47 million Grant from National Cancer Institute to Study DNA Damage Regulation

Linda Haymes

Justin Leung, Ph.D., (front and center with his team), a researcher with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, has been awarded a $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant to study DNA.

LITTLE ROCK — A five-year, $1.47 million National Cancer Institute grant has been awarded to researcher Justin Leung, Ph.D., at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to study DNA repair. Leung’s project is a collaboration with Robert Eoff, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the UAMS College…

March 10, 2021

UAMS Records $38.8 Million in Research Support to Combat COVID-19

David Robinson

COVID-19-related grants have supported UAMS research from the laboratory to the community. Left, Karl Boehme, Ph.D., is part of a large team of researchers conducting antibody testing statewide. Right, COVID-19 testing by the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus.

LITTLE ROCK — Since last year’s arrival of COVID-19, researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have received nearly $38.8 million, primarily from state and federal sources, to help combat the disease. The state of Arkansas has provided $16.9 million, or 43.4% of the funds, while federal dollars have totaled $19.2 million,…

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