September 20, 2018

September TRIbune

The TRIbune is a publication of the UAMS Translational Research Institute

In this issue of The TRIbune, we highlight the work of Dr. Prasad Padala, M.D., whose TRI pilot award helped him acquire a $1.1 million VA grant. Padala is conducting an exciting study using magnetic stimulation of the brain (rTMS) to help delay the onset of dementia. TRI Director Laura James, M.D., reminds researchers of…

September 10, 2018

Call for Pilot Awards to Address Opioid Addiction and Pain Management

Call for Pilot Award Applications to Address Opioid Addiction and Pain Management. (Image credit: Science News/Federico Gastaldi)

Researchers are encouraged to apply for pilot study awards being offered for opioid addiction and pain management research. Funded by UAMS, one-year awards of $25,000 will be available for studies that can produce data to support applications for larger extramural awards. Letters of intent (LOI) are due Oct. 8, 2018, by noon. View the Letter of Intent…

September 6, 2018

UAMS Employees, It’s Time to Nominate Your Community Partners!

Pastors Johnny Smith and Jerome Turner accepted the Chancellor’s Community Research Partner Award for the Phillips and Jefferson Counties Faith Task Forces

UAMS faculty and staff, here’s your chance to have UAMS recognize the work of your community partners! The Translational Research Institute (TRI) will host its sixth annual UAMS Community Partner Celebration on Nov. 16, 2018. This celebration recognizes the outstanding community partners that have helped make our various endeavors possible, whether it involves research, education…

August 23, 2018 Registry Hits 5,000 Volunteer Milestone

Members of the TRI ARresearch recruitment team, including (l-r, bottom row) David Robinson, Jean McSweeney, Ph.D., Cindy Witkowski, Martha Rojo, Ph.D., Laura James, M.D., Robbie Hunt, (back row) Michael Bailey, Amy Jo Jenkins and Pam Christie. Not pictured, Sandra Hatley.

A registry that matches people’s health interests with research studies at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) now has more than 5,000 Arkansans signed up. The milestone was reached just two years after the registry was created to help address the critical need for research study volunteers. “Five thousand is significant because now…

August 21, 2018

The TRIbune – New Look and Now Monthly!

The TRIbune, August 2018

This month TRI is unveiling its redesigned TRIbune newsletter. We’ve made a couple of other changes, too. While we will continue to inform you about TRI activities that benefit UAMS’ research enterprise, more emphasis will be on your work as researchers. In this issue, we highlight the experience of Marie Burdine, Ph.D., in the TRI-supported…

July 16, 2018

TRI Graduates 17 in Latest Community Scientist Academy

The Community Scientist Academy graduates included: Back row from left : Victoria Akins, Alexandra Wilson, LaToya Wilson, and Ti Davis Front row from left: Jajuan Johnson, Breana Taylor, Angela Aikens, Ashely Young and Jan Bowen. Not pictured: Not pictured: Cynthia Booker, Josie Elton, Terri Floyd, Shalonda Stewart, Bailejone Lagoye, Clay McCastlain, Sharmin Moody and John Paul Nolan, Jr.

Ashley Young, one of 17 graduates of the UAMS Translational Research Institute’s spring 2018 Community Scientist Academy, said graduation night was bittersweet. “I loved it. I’m sad that it wasn’t longer,” the Little Rock resident said of the six-week program. “I loved the interactive activities, and I loved how we had a different speaker each…

June 19, 2018

May-June TRIbune

May/June 2018 TRIbune newsletter

  This issue of The TRIbune features the Translational Research Institute’s (TRI) recent submission of its 1,864-page Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) application. After receiving a one-year bridge award last year, TRI submitted its application to the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) on May 24 for five years of funding. As…

June 15, 2018

New Pilot Awards Available for CTSA Inter-institutional Studies

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The Western States Consortium, which includes the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) and four other Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions, has issued the call to all faculty for pilot award applications. The purpose of the pilot awards is to promote inter-institutional collaboration by funding innovative, translational research projects that involve two or more…

June 12, 2018

New Course for Research Community Partners Replaces CITI Training


A new human subjects training video is now available for community members working in partnership with UAMS faculty researchers. The online Arkansas Community Researcher Training (ArCRT) is a community-friendly course that was produced as an alternative to CITI training. Human subjects training is required by the UAMS IRB and federal research funding agencies. The UAMS…

May 25, 2018

UAMS Clinical Trials Day Punctuated by Success Stories

Former UAMS patient Harold "Hap" Peterson survived melanoma thanks to his participation in a clinical trial that was testing a new drug.

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 his body. He was shocked to hear he had only three to six months to live. “I said, ‘I don’t feel…

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