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UAMS Graduates 29 Certified Research Specialists

Twenty-nine UAMS research professionals received Certified Research Specialist (CRS) certificates at a graduation ceremony on Jan. 27. The graduation followed training that occurred in 2016.

The CRS program, managed by the Office of Research Compliance, requires that participants maintain Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Research training, complete 28 hours of relevant coursework, and pass a comprehensive proficiency exam. Graduates of the program earn the “CRS” credentials and maintain their certification status by completing six contact hours in applicable coursework in subsequent years.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) requires its research staff to complete and maintain CRS certification, and other UAMS departments have also adopted CRS certification as a job requirement for certain research-related positions.

The 2016 Certified Research Specialist Graduates are:

  • Suzan Blair, College of Medicine (COM), Dermatology
  • Ashley Block, COM PEDS Birth Defects
  • Amanda Bull, COM Geriatrics
  • Pamela Christie, TRI Administration
  • Makethia Curtis, COM, Family and Preventive Medicine
  • Giuseppina Dusio, COM, Nephrology
  • Ashley Funderburg, College of Nursing, Geriatrics
  • Patricia Gminski , COM, Pathology
  • Susan Goolsby, Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), Clinical Nutrition
  • Paul Griffiths, Myeloma Institute
  • Kathleen Hicks, COM, Pulmonary
  • Holly Jarrell, Myeloma Institute
  • Susannah Kirby, TRI Project Support Unit
  • Matthew Kovak , Cancer Clinical Trials
  • Teri Landrum, Nursing Services
  • Austin Lovenstein, ACH Nursing Research
  • Karen Mack, Nursing Services
  • Lisa McIntos, Office of Sponsored Programs Administrative Network
  • Heather Moody, OB/GYN Research
  • Veronica Overton, Psychiatric Research Institute

Entrepreneurship Series Begins Today, Expands to Other CTSA Institutions


Amy Hester, Ph.D., R.N., will be the first presenter for this year’s Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Seminar Series.

The 2017 Health Sciences Entrepreneurship Seminar Series begins Feb. 1, with UAMS’ Amy Hester, Ph.D., R.N., director of Nursing Research and Innovation, speaking from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Reynolds Institute on Aging, Jo Ellen Ford Auditorium. 

Hester will present “Innovating in Healthcare: Idea Formation to Revenue Generation and Everything in Between.”

Hester’s research focuses on falls and injury prediction and prevention across the continuum of care. She is the inventor of multiple products and co-founded the biotechnology company HD Nursing, LLC in 2012, for which she is chief scientific officer. 

The UAMS Seminar Series this year is being offered in collaboration with the University of Alabama, Birmingham, University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Utah – all Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions. The series is sponsored by the NIGMS Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology T32 Training Program, UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) and UAMS BioVentures.  

Congratulations to Our Yeti Winners!


Kandi Stallings-Archer, M.D.

UAMS’ Youzhong Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., in the Department of Pathology, was our third and final Yeti Tumbler winner in drawings  to celebrate UAMS Profiles’ recent system upgrade and first anniversary.

Kandi Stallings-Archer, M.D., won a Yeti Tumbler in our second drawing, and Jonathan Goree, M.D., was our first winner. 

Profiles is a networking tool designed to help researchers, clinicians, educators and other faculty members connect with one another through their research/clinical/academic interests. All faculty members have a Profiles page, and all are encouraged to visit the site and edit/add to their personal profile.  


Research Highlighted in 2016 UAMS Achievements

UAMS saw numerous achievements in 2016, including in research. The year was highlighted by a $41.8 million NIH award to oversee a 17-site pediatric clinical trial network that will provide medically underserved and rural children access to clinical studies on the effect of environmental influences on early development. 

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