The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) provides services and resources to ensure the swift translation of research into health care advances. This support is available to all UAMS researchers at the central UAMS campus in Little Rock, the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas Children’s and its Research Institute in Little Rock, and the Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System in Little Rock and North Little Rock. TRI is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

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  • Former UAMS patient Harold "Hap" Peterson survived melanoma thanks to his participation in a clinical trial that was testing a new drug.
    UAMS Clinical Trials Day Punctuated by Success Stories
    May 25, 2018
    In May 2006, Harold “Hap” Peterson was advised to get his affairs in order by UAMS cancer specialist Laura Hutchins, M.D. He had late-stage melanoma, a type of skin cancer, with tumors spreading throughout...
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    TRI’s Amy Jo Jenkins to Lead International Society of Clinical Research Professionals Board
    May 22, 2018
    Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., C.C.R.P., executive director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, has been named president-elect of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Board of Directors. SOCRA, a nonprofit, charitable and educational membership...
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TRI & me

“My time with TRI dates to 2009, when UAMS received its first Clinical and Translational Science Award. In 2014, I became the primary contact for researchers needing TRI services. This was not the most efficient process, especially as TRI services became increasingly popular. While the hundreds of individual interactions gave me crucial insight about our researchers’ needs, it was important to deliver more efficient and effective research services and resources. We took a big step in 2016 by automating our services request process with an online portal for researchers ( It’s one of the many innovations that have made my years at TRI among the most rewarding of my career.”
Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, CCRC, CCRA, Executive Director, Translational Research Institute
Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, CCRC, CCRA, Executive Director, Translational Research Institute