June 28, 2016

UAMS Receives NIH Grant for First Comprehensive Study of ‘Synthetic Marijuana’ Dangers

K2 Team

A team of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) researchers has received a federal grant to conduct the first comprehensive study of the dangers posed by synthetic marijuana products. The $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will enable a seven-member interdisciplinary research team to…

June 23, 2016

TRI Welcomes New Advisory Board Members


The Translational Research Institute has expanded its statewide connections with the addition of four Community Advisory Board members. At the board’s June 21 meeting, TRI welcomed: Emma Agnew, Community Services Manager, City of Jonesboro Holli Boyett, Special Projects Coordinator, South Arkansas Migrant Education, Hope Rev. Charles Heam, Springdale Adventist Fellowship  Jim Miles, Administrator, Enroll the…

June 13, 2016

UAMS Invites Public to National Discussion on Women’s Heart Health June 30

The public is invited to participate in a June 30 national conversation about women’s heart health hosted by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute. The event will be live-streamed and is open to anyone who wants to attend in person or join online and via text messaging.  Called Our Community,…

June 1, 2016

TRI Makes Plain-Language Consent Templates Available to Clinical Researchers

The Translational Research Institute (TRI), the Center for Health Literacy and the IRB have collaborated to develop Plain-Language Consent Templates on a 5th to 6th grade reading level to improve participants’ comprehension of research procedures.  Consent forms often have complex sentence structure and use vocabulary that make it difficult for the average adult to understand….

UAMS/UTHSC Set ‘Research in Substance Abuse Mini-Symposium,’ June 8 

UAMS and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will hold a “Research in Substance Abuse Mini-Symposium,” June 8, 10:30-3:30 p.m., Wilson Education Building, room 115 A/B. All interested faculty, students and research staff are invited to hear investigators discuss their substance abuse research and discoveries. The symposium seeks to foster communication and collaboration…

Give Your Grant Application a Competitive Edge

UAMS investigators, if you want to ensure that your grant application is ready to compete for extramural funding, consider attending a Mock Study Section. These TRI-sponsored sessions are led by experienced faculty researchers with strong track records of external funding. Reviews are available for laboratory, animal and human subjects projects and may be requested for…

Laura James, M.D., Named UAMS Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research

Laura James, M.D.

Laura James, M.D., has been named associate vice chancellor for clinical and translational research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). James will continue as director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, a position she has held since 2014, while expanding her role over the institution’s clinical and translational research efforts, said UAMS…

KL2 Alums Gain Traction, Funding for Community-Based Initiatives

Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D., and Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D.

Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., F.N.P., R.N., and Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D., began their research careers as KL2 scholars in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Today they are on solid footing as federally funded researchers. Bryant-Moore, an associate professor in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, is the principal investigator of a $110,000 Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute…