June 9, 2020

TRI Announces Pilot Awardees for Biomedical Informatics Studies

The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) today announced four recipients of its biomedical informatics-focused pilot


The recipients are required to use translational biomedical informatics approaches to health care issues that particularly affect rural individuals and/or that directly examine or impact rural health. They will receive up to $50,000 for their one-year projects and are expected to develop findings that lead to larger programs of research with national funding.

The awardees, all from the College of Medicine, are:



Hari Eswaran, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Identification of Pregnant Women at High Risk of Maternal Morbidity


Se-Ran Jun, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics; Using Genomics to Track Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Linking Rural and Urban Health in Arkansas


Sacha McBain, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Digital PTSD Screening and Intervention to Meet Rural Needs



Tuhin Virmani, M.D., Ph.D.; Associate Professor, Department of Neurology; Utilization of a Neuroinformatics Research Platform (ARIES) to Develop Quantitative Tools for Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease Patients in Rural Arkansas

Recipients of the Translational Biomedical Informatics Awards were selected by a study section of UAMS and external faculty reviewers, as well as community reviewers.

TRI is supported by a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health, grant UL1 TR003107.