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Camille Hart, Nicola Spencer New Additions to TRI Community Engagement Team

Camille Hart, M.P.H., was recently named TRI’s Community Engagement program manager and Nicola Spencer was named Community Engagement program coordinator. Hart received her Master of Public Health degree at Tulane University in May and has extensive experience with community engagement and has worked on several research projects.

Prior to graduate school she worked in the Office of Community-Based Public Health in the UAMS College of Public Health writing a newsletter and engaging students in community-based projects. She has several years of experience on a wide range of community initiatives. Hart is replacing Nakita Lovelady, M.P.H., who is pursuing her doctorate in Health Promotion and Prevention Research at the UAMS College of Public Health.

Spencer’s work will have a special emphasis on a Population Health project in central Arkansas, helping recruit community sites and coordinating work with students. She will also help with meeting coordination and logistics as well as managing the Community Engagement program’s equipment library.

Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., Named Director of Translational Research Services Center

Alison Oliveto, Ph.D., was recently named director of TRI’s Translational Research Services Center (TRSC).

Oliveto is a tenured professor in the Center for Addiction Research and vice chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry where she has been faculty since 2004. Besides having a long history of NIH funding, service on NIH study sections, and service on UAMS research-related committees, she has had several administrative leadership roles during her tenure at Yale University as well as at UAMS to facilitate the research enterprise. Oliveto is a strong advocate for investigators and has a contagious enthusiasm for facilitating translational research at UAMS.

Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., will remain as the co-director of TRSC. Tom Wells, M.D., will remain in the TRSC with his primary responsibilities being 1) oversight budget development and 2) Medical Director of the Clinical Research Services Core (CRSC). Paula Roberson, Ph.D., will continue to provide oversight of the biostatistics services within the TRSC.

Need Research Services? Email

To help TRI better manage research-related requests and inquiries, the new Translational Research Services Center has its own email address: Overseen by Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., C.C.R.P., C.C.R.C., C.C.R.A., this email portal will help TRI streamline some of the workflow and ensure that researchers get the help they need when they need it.

As of July 1, the Research Support Center (RSC) was officially integrated into TRI as the Translational Research Services Center, which includes all of the services of the RSC as well as other TRI services (Biostats, Health Data Unit, Clinical Research Services Core, etc.)

For general TRI inquiries not related to resources or services, please continue to use the main TRI email address:

UAMS TRI Community Partner Celebration Call for Submissions — Oct. 23 Deadline

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) will host its second annual UAMS Community Partner Celebration on Dec. 4. This celebration honors the outstanding community partners that have helped make our various endeavors possible, including research, education, training and services.

Join us in celebrating the important work we do together by submitting up to three outstanding Community-Based Organizations and/or one Community Advisory Board that have provided invaluable expertise, guidance, and/or support to you on various projects. Learn more and view the submission form. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.