December 22, 2022

UAMS Garners Multiple Honors in 2022 while Fulfilling Missions

Ben Boulden

The year of 2022 was one of transition from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and the Omicron surge in case numbers to, by the fall, in-person classes for students, public events and an easing of safety protocols.

Two years of battling the pandemic and its effects resulted in a 2022 that was the closest yet to a pre-COVID normal at UAMS. The university never faltered in its devotion to its missions. UAMS seized the opportunity the year brought to renew its focus on them in a way that earned it praise and…

December 19, 2022

U.S. Defense Department Awards UAMS Cancer Researcher $760,000 to Study Aggressive Type of Lymphoma

Marty Trieschmann

Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D., has received a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

LITTLE ROCK — Samantha Kendrick, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a $760,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study a fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma common among veterans and military personnel.

December 14, 2022

UAMS Researchers See 14.5% Increase in Grant Funding for FY2022

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., UAMS vice chancellor for Research and Innovation, credits the dedication of UAMS' researchers and staff for five years of steady growth in grant funding.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its affiliate research institutions saw research funding grow by 14.5% this past year, with $203.1 million in grants by June 30, 2022, the end of the state’s fiscal year. It is the third consecutive year with double-digit increases in research funding that comes…

December 2, 2022

Three Grants Aiding UAMS-Based Program’s Efforts to Expand Research in Arkansas

David Robinson

Lawrence Cornett, Ph.D., leads the Arkansas INBRE Program.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)-based program will use $614,117 from three recent grants to expand biomedical research in Arkansas. The three grants are administrative supplements to the Arkansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Program, awarded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….

November 14, 2022

UAMS Using $2.4 Million NIH Grant to Study Bacterium that Causes Tick-borne Relapsing Fever

David Robinson

Jon Blevins, Ph.D., in his lab with a Cytiva ÄKTA pure chromatography system used for purification of proteins in his research of tick-borne relapsing fever.

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a new federal grant to study genetic systems of the bacterium that causes tick-borne relapsing fever to better understand their molecular functions and reveal possible drug targets. UAMS’ Jon Blevins, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Medicine Department of…

October 25, 2022

NIH Awards UAMS $7.9 Million to Create More Space for Pandemic Response, Infectious Disease Research

David Robinson

UAMS’ Daniel Voth, Ph.D., is leading the NIH grant supporting renovations to increase infectious disease research space in the building behind him.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will use a $7.9 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to expand its infectious disease research capacity and establish a Pandemic Response and Public Health Laboratory by renovating existing research space. The renovation will create about 9,900 square feet of additional research space…

October 13, 2022

NIH Funds UAMS Effort to Close Patient Outcome Gaps Across U.S. Level 1 and 2 Trauma Centers

David Robinson

Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D. (right), and Kevin Sexton, M.D., will test which organizational features affect patient outcomes at 230 Level 1 and Level 2 trauma centers.

LITTLE ROCK — University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers are hoping to help close wide gaps in trauma patient outcomes across the United States by harnessing new data to help trauma center leaders improve outcomes. Led by Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., and Kevin Sexton, M.D., the researchers will test which organizational features affect patient…

October 3, 2022

New Researchers Find Valuable Resources at Research Expo 2022

David Robinson

Veronica Smith, who directs the UAMS Rural Research Network, speaks with Ruiqi Cen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public. Health.

Research Expo 2022 arrived at a great time for Lisa Jansen, Ph.D., and more than 100 other researchers wanting to learn about and leverage the numerous research resources available at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI) and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS). “I am a new…

September 26, 2022

UAMS Researchers Find Changes in Monkeypox Genome That May Explain Its Recent Rapid Spread

David Robinson

David Ussery, Ph.D.

LITTLE ROCK — The rapid spread of monkeypox is unlike the virus’ past outbreaks and may be a result of genetic mutations identified by University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers. Led by UAMS’ David Ussery, Ph.D., the UAMS team published its findings this month in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The team compared…

September 20, 2022

UAMS Part of $6 Million National Effort to Make Testing for Toxins in Water and People Less Costly, Easier

David Robinson

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., (front) with her lab/study team members: (second row, from left) Marybeth Shepard, technician, Ricky Leung, Ph.D., associate professor, and Neville Tam, Ph.D., assistant professor; (back) Alex McDonald, technician.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is co-leading a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded effort to develop advanced, inexpensive devices to detect toxins in water and people. UAMS’ $908,952 portion of the four-year, $6 million project involves testing a novel way to detect toxins in humans, and is led by Shuk-Mei…

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