The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is governed by various councils and boards that share a base of interest and support of the TRI mission. Collectively, the governance structure is composed of diverse representatives from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and external entities that provide institutional oversight, inform and guide TRI’s strategic vision, and ensure efficient resource allocation.
Governance | Leadership Council | Community Advisory Board | External Advisory Committee
CTSA Representatives | Stakeholder Representatives | Internal Advisory Board
TRI’s governance structure ensures that translational research operates efficiently across all three TRI sites:
1. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) main campus in Little Rock and the Northwest Campus in Fayetteville
2. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute (ACRI)
3. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS).
The Leadership Council consists of leaders representing TRI’s programs. The Leadership Council convenes regularly to provide strategic guidance to TRI’s executive leadership and assist in charting and prioritizing programmatic, organizational and financial issues.
Community Advisory Board
The TRI Community Advisory Board is a diverse group of community members who are familiar with social, mental and physical health issues for children and adults in Arkansas and have a history of working collaboratively. For the most part they are drawn from local community organizations, predominantly nonprofit, with advocacy or service missions. The Community Advisory Board members represent the racial, cultural and geographical diversity of Arkansas, serving as a voice of the communities they represent. Members of the board advise TRI on issues important to various constituencies in the state, assist TRI in prioritizing research initiatives, and increase TRI’s visibility at the community level.
|Anna Huff Davis||West Helena||Mid Delta Community Consortium|
|Charles Moore||Camden||Planting A Seed Foundation|
|Naomi Cottoms||Helena||Tri County Rural Health Network|
|Sarah Facen||Little Rock||Little Rock South End Neighborhood|
|Nicole Hart||North Little Rock||ARVets|
|Margarita Solórzano||Springdale||Hispanic Women's Organization of Arkansas|
|Steve Sullivan||North Little Rock||VA Clergy Partnership|
|Rev. Jerome Turner||Marvell||Boys, Girls, Adults Community Development Cente|
|Deacon Walter Clanre||Springdale||Jabe In Nebar Assembly of God|
|Holli Boyett||Hope||South AR Migrant Education Center|
|Emma Agnew||Jonesboro||City of Jonesboro|
|Jim Miles||Little Rock||Enroll the Ridge; Covenant Medical Benefits, Inc.|
|Pastor Yoshie Tobey||Springdale||King Chapel Church|
External Advisory Committee
TRI’s External Advisory Committee includes nationally and internationally respected scientists and thought leaders whose expertise spans the research continuum, as well as community stakeholder members. Many External Advisory Committee members also hold leadership positions at other Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions. The committee conducts an annual site visit to evaluate TRI’s overall function and progress in achieving goals, provides verbal and written feedback to TRI’s executive leadership and Leadership Council, and the TRI director shares the committee’s report with the Internal Advisory Board.
|Kathleen Brady, M.D., Ph.D.||Medical University of South Carolina||Principal Investigator (PI)|
|Mark Burge, M.D.||University of New Mexico||Deputy Director, Research Implementation and Participation|
|Marc Drezner, M.D.||University of Wisconsin–Madison||PI (Chair)|
|Robert Kimberly, M.D.||University of Wisconsin–Madison||PI|
|Rebecca Jackson, M.D.||The Ohio State University||PI|
|Justin Starren, M.D., Ph.D.||Northwestern University||Deputy Director, Informatics|
|Consuelo Wilkins, M.D.||Vanderbilt University||Co-Director, Community Engagement|
|Jerry Adams||President/CEO, Arkansas Research Alliance|
|Jonathan Dismang||Arkansas State Senator|
|Jim Hendren||Arkansas State Senator|
|Nicole Hart||CEO ARVets, Inc.|
|Raymond Montgomery||President, White County Medical Center|
|Michael Knox||Executive Director, Arkansas Minority Health Commission|
|Michael Moore||Vice President, University of Arkansas System|
|Frank Thomas||Vice President, Stephens Inc.|
|William Tsutsui, Ph.D.||President, Hendrix College|
Internal Advisory Board
TRI’s Internal Advisory Board is comprised of high-ranking leaders from UAMS and its partner institutions. The board provides a forum to facilitate collaboration and for TRI’s leadership to address any challenges that may arise in carrying out its mission. The board meets twice yearly with TRI’s executive leadership team.
|Pope Moseley, M.D.||Dean, UAMS College of Medicine|
|Marcy Doderer, FACHE||President and CEO, Arkansas Children’s Hospital|
|Margie Scott, M.D.||Director, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System|