Research


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…


June 6, 2019

Researcher Receives Grant to Continue Work on High Blood Pressure as Immune Disorder

Amy Widner

Researchers together in lab

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researcher who is seeking an explanation for why millions of people worldwide do not respond to the current available treatments for high blood pressure has received $1.89 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue this groundbreaking work. Shengyu Mu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department…


May 17, 2019

Six Years into Retirement: Neurology Professor Still Making Major Contributions

Amy Widner

Portrait of Gerry Dienel and Nancy Cruz outside, surrounded by desert plants

Does science stop in retirement? The short answer — according to Gerald A. Dienel, Ph.D. — is no. The long answer? It’s reflected in the many publications, lectures and contributions Dienel has made since retiring in 2013 as a professor emeritus in the Department of Neurology in the UAMS College of Medicine. Dienel has 23…


May 7, 2019

Johann Granted $1.47 Million to Continue Cutting-Edge Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Amy Widner

Dr. Johann at desk

Physician-scientist Donald J. Johann Jr., M.D., has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test. Johann is an associate professor in the departments of Biomedical Informatics…


April 19, 2019

23rd Showcase Highlights Work of National Center for Toxicology Research

Spencer Watson

William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., introduces NCTR research during the 23rd Showcase of Medical Discoveries.

The diverse and intricate work of the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) in Jefferson, Arkansas, the only FDA center outside of Washington, D.C., took center stage at the 23rd Showcase of Medical Discoveries, held April 10 in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The series is intended to foster scientific collaboration by sharing…



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