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July 1, 2020

TRI Invites LOIs and RFPs for New Scholars Program

Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., directs TRI's Community Engagement Program.

TRI has issued the call for Letters of Intent and Request for Proposals for its Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Scholars Program. The Scholars Program, which begins January 2021, was established to increase community-partnered research at UAMS to better serve the research needs of the Arkansas community and ultimately to reduce health disparities. This program is led…


TRI Celebrates Researchers, Innovation in New Publication

TRI Annual Report

TRI is excited to release its 2020 Annual Report, a celebration of the work we are supporting at UAMS and with our partner institutions. Since 2009, translational research has become embedded in our culture at UAMS, and last year’s Clinical and Translational Science Award has created exciting new opportunities to further advance our goals. This…


June 25, 2020

UAMS-Developed High-Accuracy COVID-19 Antibody Testing Begins in Arkansas

Karl Boehme, Ph.D., pipetting serum samples at his laminar flow biosafety cabinet.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has developed and begun using high-accuracy antibody testing to determine the magnitude of COVID-19 infection in Arkansas and inform the decisions of policymakers. As part of the research program, UAMS will collect blood samples from nearly 7,500 Arkansas adults and children through October. By…


June 9, 2020

TRI Announces Pilot Awardees for Biomedical Informatics Studies

Awardees named for informatics research.

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


May 20, 2020

Celebrating Clinical Trials Day in the Time of COVID-19

John Arthur, M.D., Ph.D., TRI Associate Director, talks about Clinical Trials Day and COVID-19, with appreciation for researchers and participants.

Clinical Trials Day is Wednesday, May 20, and TRI, along with others in UAMS’ research community, are celebrating all week. Why? Because with COVID-19, clinical research has never been more important. There are now more than 30 COVID-19 research studies at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. TRI has posted three short videos of UAMS…


May 5, 2020

TRI Names 2020 KL2 Awardees

Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., and Brooks Gentry, M.D., co-leaders of the KL2 Program, here at TRI's fall 2019 Planning Retreat.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Translational Research Institute (TRI) has selected three early-career researchers to receive KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Awards. The KL2 program, co-led by Elisabet Borsheim, Ph.D., and Brooks Gentry, M.D., provides two years of research training to junior faculty. It provides 75 percent salary support and up to…


April 28, 2020

TRI Director Laura James, M.D., Named to National Science Board

Laura James, M.D.

Laura James, M.D., director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, has been elected to the national Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) Board of Directors. She joins 13 other directors at large from Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program institutions across the United States. James has been director of the institute since 2014…


April 17, 2020

TRI Helps Establish New Repository to Keep Faculty on Tenure Track

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. In response to COVID-19 restrictions, research like theirs can be submitted to the Scholarly Product Repository, which provides a public place to display research and other scholarly products.

Before Arkansas had its first COVID-19 case, the reality of the impending pandemic was already setting in for UAMS faculty as cancellations for scientific conferences worldwide were announced one after another like falling dominos. For scientists and academics, presenting to their peers at conferences is one of the main ways other than publications that they…


April 14, 2020

The TRIbune Is Here!

The TRIbune - March-April 2020

The March-April TRIbune highlights an important CTSA collaborative with 66 UAMS faculty taking part. The External Reviewer Exchange Consortium involves nine institutions and enables an efficient network for sharing the workload of pilot grant application reviews. It is one of the first formalized reviewer exchanges with an online dashboard for streamlining the process. This issue…


$765,789 Grant to Focus on Racial, Ethnic Health Disparities

Mick Tilford, Ph.D., and Jonathan Bona, Ph.D., will lead the T32 Training Program.

A five-year, $765,789 grant to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences ((UAMS) will support teaching graduate students advanced analytics to address racial and ethnic health disparities. The grant, from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), establishes the Arkansas Center for Health Disparities T32 Pre-doctoral Research Training Program. Mick Tilford, Ph.D.,…



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