January 8, 2020

Public Invited to Attend One-Day Community Scientist Academy

Academy participants gain a better understanding of UAMS research. (File photo)

The public is invited to attend a free, one-day Community Scientist Academy workshop Jan. 16 at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). The workshop will be held 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and is for anyone interested in health research and even shaping the research UAMS conducts. Attendees will get an overview of UAMS research…

December 19, 2019

UAMS’ Laura James, M.D., Named to National Research Leadership Panel

Laura James, M.D., right, with UAMS' Kristin Zorn, M.D., at a recent TRI Strategic Planning Retreat.

Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI), has been named to the national Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee. The CTSA Program is administered by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health. TRI received a five-year, $24.2 million CTSA in July…

December 13, 2019

TRI Announces Pilot Recipients for Special Populations Studies

Henry K. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., explains his research in a video he produced as part of the pilot award application process.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) has awarded three pilot research grants to UAMS faculty for studies of special populations in Arkansas. Special populations include children, older adults, minority groups, underserved communities, and rural populations. The grants of up to $50,000 are for one-year projects, and the researchers’ findings will be used to leverage larger grants…

December 10, 2019

UAMS Community Partners Honored at Celebration Dinner

The Community Partner Celebration drew more than 100 attendees.

The UAMS Translational Research Institute’s Seventh Annual Community Partner Celebration recently honored 35 community partners for their crucial work in improving the health of all Arkansans and their exceptional partnerships with UAMS. Held Nov. 8 at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in downtown Little Rock, this year’s celebration included a recognition ceremony and dinner, live…

Students See Career Possibilities at Community Scientist Academy

Amari Doss joined her classmates to present their posters to graduation attendees and other visitors.

High school student Kaniya Lawson was excited to learn that research could be part of her possible career as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She was among the 24 Little Rock School District students who graduated from the fall 2019 UAMS Translational Research Institute’s  Community Scientist Academy. “They had actual researchers come in and show us…

November 7, 2019

TRI Names Five Implementation Science Scholars

Geoffrey Curran, Ph.D., announces the first cohort of Implementation Science Scholars during the recent TRI strategic planning retreat.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) and the Center for Implementation Research (CIR) have selected five UAMS/ACH clinical faculty as UAMS’ first class of Implementation Science Scholars. Using the principles of implementation science, CIR faculty will guide the scholars through 10 didactic sessions per year and provide oversight and mentoring for their experiential implementation science projects….

October 23, 2019

The October TRIbune Is Here

Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., (far left), addresses pastors’ spouses from the Marshallese Community in Northwest Arkansas.

In this month’s TRIbune newsletter, we feature the recent success of Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, in acquiring multiple national awards. McElfish and her team are testing a promising intervention to address the diabetes crisis in the Marshallese community of northwest Arkansas. In recent months she has been awarded more than $10 million, which is in…

October 4, 2019

Showcase Affirms Maturity of Community-Engaged Research at UAMS

Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D., (left) and Keneshia Bryant-Moore, Ph.D., A.P.R.N., with their poster about developing a statewide network of faith leaders as research partners. Haynes and Bryant-Moore are TRI KL2 Scholar Award graduates.

Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., was smiling as she gestured toward the room packed with community engagement-themed research posters at the Sept. 25 UAMS Showcase of Medical Discoveries. “Community-engaged research has grown a lot in the 22 years I have been here,” said Stewart, who leads the UAMS Translational Research Institute’s Community Engagement Program. “We would…

October 1, 2019

TRI’s Jenkins Installed as SOCRA President

Amy Jo Jenkins at the SOCRA Annual Conference

Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., CCRP, CCRA, CCRC, TRI Executive Director, was installed as president of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) during a Sept. 27 ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. Jenkins led the establishment of the Arkansas chapter of SOCRA and is a past chair. SOCRA  chapters offer no-cost clinical research continuing education to…

September 16, 2019

Researchers Discover Services and Opportunities at First UAMS Research Expo

Yuet-Kin “Ricky” Leung, Ph.D., enjoyed the Research Expo with Nagai Chung Neville, Ph.D.

The UAMS Research Expo was a new experience for Yuet-Kin “Ricky” Leung, Ph.D., and one that will help get his research on solid footing as a new faculty member. “I’ve never seen this kind of expo before, and it’s very helpful for me,” said Leung, an associate professor in the College of Medicine Department of…

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