October 22, 2015

UAMS Staff Expertise Helps Researcher Make History

Larry Parker (left) in the UAMS Office of Research Regulatory Affairs, with Thomas Kieber-Emmons, Ph.D., in the UAMS Research Pharmacy. Parker has been a mainstay in the years-long effort to bring Kieber-Emmons’ breast cancer vaccine to clinical trial.

Oct. 22, 2015 | Behind the headlines of his breast cancer vaccine, now in a phase II clinical trial, UAMS’ Thomas Kieber-Emmons, Ph.D., tells a back story that inspires him and even draws applause from colleagues. Kieber-Emmons peppers the story with some significant numbers: 1, 6, 28, 1,500, 4,000. The story begins in 2005 with…

October 20, 2015

PCORI Releases CME Videos for Researchers

The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has released a series of six free CME/CE activities on its methods standards for patient-centered outcomes research. The CME/CE modules are available for viewing at: http://www.pcori.org/research-results/cmece-activities. Researchers who wish to seek funding from PCORI will want to know about these new standards. Led by highly qualified faculty, these CME/CE modules…

October 15, 2015

TRI KL2 Recipient Ling Gao, M.D., Ph.D., Published in NEJM


Oct. 15, 2015 | Identifying a patient’s genetic mutation led University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) physician-researcher Ling Gao, M.D., Ph.D., to an existing drug that eliminated the patient’s stage IV Merkel-cell carcinoma. Gao’s findings, made in collaboration with two other UAMS researchers, were published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. Gao is…

October 13, 2015

‘Guinea Pig’ at TRI Research Forum Lands Genentech Stroke Award

Research Forum participant Aliza Brown, Ph.D.

UAMS’ Aliza Brown, Ph.D., recently received a nearly $200,000 Genentech stroke research award after she incorporated ideas in her application from the first TRI Research Forum in June 2014. The grant was one of only three community stroke pilots funded by Genentech in the United States. The study will enable Brown to determine paramedics’ recognition…

October 12, 2015

National Meetings to Address Changes to Human Subjects Research

Representatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program and patient advocacy groups are collaborating to host four national one-day meetings in October and November to seek comment on proposals to better protect human subjects while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay and ambiguity for investigators. These meetings…

October 6, 2015

‘Spirit of Teamwork’ Led to Strong CTSA Grant Renewal Submission

Dr James

Submitted on Sept. 25, TRI’s 1,263-page renewal application for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) was made possible thanks to the dedication of faculty and staff across UAMS and its affiliated institutions, said TRI Director Laura James, M.D. “Faculty reviewers and writers from across all colleges tackled this project in a spirit of teamwork…

ORC Sets Clinical Research Specialist Classes for Oct., Nov.

Over the next two months, the UAMS Office of Research Compliance is offering face-to-face classes as part of the Certified Research Specialist Program. Class participation can also be used to obtain Society of Clinical Research Associate (SoCRA) credit. TRI is co-sponsoring these activities by providing WebEx broadcast capabilities, making them available to anyone who wants to participate….

October 4, 2015

Dean Emphasizes Academic Mission at Research Town Hall

While the launch of the Integrated Clinical Enterprise is a focus point for UAMS this year, Dean Pope L. Moseley, M.D., assured faculty researchers at a Sept. 15 Town Hall meeting that a key objective of the service lines, and his top priority, is strengthening research and education programs. “My goal is to make us…