March 9, 2018

New Opioid Studies Led by UAMS Researchers and Collaborating Sites

Inter-institutional studies on opioid abuse will be led at UAMS by Jessica Coker, M.D., and Bradley Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

Funding for two inter-institutional pilot studies looking at opioid abuse was announced today by the UAMS Translational Research Institute. One study seeks to address opioid use disorders in pregnant women. “The study will harmonize data collection utilizing an iPad-based data collection tool with input from providers and patients,” said Jessica L. Coker, M.D., who will…

March 1, 2018

UAMS Researchers Seeking More than 1,000 Completed Medical Marijuana Surveys

Nalin Payakachat, Ph.D., (left) is leading the study of Arkansans’ attitudes about medical marijuana. William Fantegrossi, Ph.D., a co-investigator on the study, shows Payakachat a vial of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his UAMS lab.

A first-of-its-kind survey is being circulated in Arkansas by UAMS researchers interested in Arkansans’ attitudes and perceptions about cannabis (marijuana) as state officials prepare to make it available for medical use. Of the 28 other states with medical marijuana, none have conducted surveys prior to its legalization that document public attitudes about marijuana as a…

February 21, 2018

TRI Co-Sponsored CTSA Workshop Using AI to Mine Research Data

Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D. (right), with Jonathan Bona, Ph.D., has led organization of the ontology workshop.

As an ontologist, UAMS’ Mathias Brochhausen, Ph.D., teaches computers the meaning of words. He takes a term, such as “informed consent,” and writes a definition in language the computer can interpret. “Here’s something about ontologies that is very cool: Ontologies are actually an artificial intelligence product,” he said. Brochhausen’s expertise and enthusiasm for ontology/AI solutions…

February 13, 2018

Jan/Feb TRIbune 


This issue of the TRIbune highlights nationally significant TRI partnerships with the Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) in the UAMS College of Medicine. Our main story is about the first-of-its-kind Clinical Research Informatics track in the U.S. being offered by DBMI. This program, supported by TRI, helps address a national concern about study reproducibility and…

February 5, 2018

Faculty Invited to National CTSA Workshop at UAMS: ‘Ontology of Informed Consent’ Feb. 26, 27


Faculty with an interest in informed consent are invited to attend a national, multidisciplinary workshop at UAMS on Feb. 26 and 27. Titled, “Ontology of Informed Consent: An Approach to Specimen and Data Sharing,” the workshop will be held at the Reynolds Institute on Aging, Room 1180. The Clinical and Translational Science Ontology Group Spring…

December 22, 2017

Mobile Health Gathering Draws a Crowd, Sparks Potential Collaborations

Tamara Perry, M.D., spoke about her work developing an asthma management app for adolescents.

Tamara Perry, M.D., an early adopter of mobile health technology in research, was excited to see more than 35 other like-minded professionals at the first UAMS Mobile Health and Wearable Innovations Mingle in November. “The mHealth Mingle provided investigators an opportunity to learn about exciting research at UAMS,” said Perry, who developed a mobile app…

December 19, 2017

November/December TRIbune

The Tribune

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is wrapping up 2017 with good tidings! The November/December TRIbune features some helpful new developments with clinical trials: Trails Today, a CTSA initiative that makes it easier for the public to find clinical trials of interest; TriNetX, which is matching UAMS investigators with industry sponsored Clinical Trials; and ClinCard, a…

November 17, 2017

TRI Names Four Implementation Science Pilot Awardees

Implementation Science

The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) has approved research pilot study awards for four researchers totaling $200,000. The annual awards of up to $50,000 each are made to projects with the strongest likelihood of leading to improved health and health care. This is the first year TRI has offered awards for pilots focused on implementation…

October 27, 2017

Accelerating Discovery Aided by New NCATS Award

Accelerating Discovery Aided by New NCATS Award The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) has received funding for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) totaling $3,497,558 through Aug. 31, 2018. The 11 months of bridge funding comes from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “We are…

September/October TRIbune

TRI Newsletter

In our latest TRIbune we’re excited to share more about our recent funding from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) of the National Institutes of Health. We also announce our latest KL2 Scholar awardees. We have four this year, which is the most awarded since 2009, thanks to support from the UAMS Psychiatric…

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