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May 21, 2019

The May TRIbune Is Here!

Meredith Zozus, Ph.D., front right, with her team (l-r): Ph.D. students Kat Donovan and Michael Rutherford, and Fan Yu, M.S. Not pictured, Anita Walden, M.S.

This month’s TRIbune features UAMS’ contributions to solving a complex research problem that affects all federally funded multisite clinical trials. The team led by Meredith Zozus, Ph.D., in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, is part of a multi-site effort that includes Duke and Vanderbilt universities. It is funded by a $1.88 million National Center for…


April 30, 2019

Community Scientist Academy Graduates First High School Class

Students in the Little Rock School District's Excel Program were the first high school students to graduate from the Community Scientist Academy.

Shanell Young, a senior at Little Rock Parkview, wasn’t sure what to expect during the spring 2019 UAMS Translational Research Institute Community Scientist Academy. After receiving her graduation certificate at a UAMS ceremony, she went to the lectern to share her takeaways. “What people actually refer to as research nowadays is really just googling,” she…


April 29, 2019

PCORI Funds Multistate Transgender Project Led by UAMS Researchers

(L-R) Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., meets with Kyrstopher Stephens and Alex Marshall, Ph.D., M.P.H

The national Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is supporting a unique multistate project that builds on its previously funded work in Arkansas to address health care discrimination for transgender/nonbinary individuals – those whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The two-year, $249,892 Engagement Award is co-led by Kate Stewart,…


TRIbune Newsletter Celebrates ARresearch 3-Year Anniversary

Keith Bush, Ph.D., is ahead of his participant enrollment goals for two studies thanks to the ARresearch volunteer registry.

This month’s TRIbune newsletter celebrates TRI’s three-year anniversary of ARresearch with a spotlight on Keith Bush, Ph.D., a UAMS researcher who extols the benefits of the ARresearch registry. He is also conducting potentially groundbreaking research using an MRI to test people’s ability to regulate their emotions. TRI Director Laura James, M.D., notes in her letter…


April 7, 2019

Pilot Awards to Address Health Challenges of Rural and Underrepresented Populations 

Pilot awards of up to $50,000 are available.

The UAMS Office of Vice Chancellor (Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.) for Research and UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) are pleased to invite applications for a special pilot grant targeting the health challenges of rural and underrepresented populations. The purpose of this pilot grant opportunity is for faculty members to form new teams to generate data necessary to submit competitive…


March 25, 2019

The TRIbune Features UAMS Neurosurgeons’ Research

Featured in the March TRIbune are UAMS neurosurgeons who are principal investigators in a national study testing intracerebral hemorrhage treatments.

The latest TRIbune features the research of neurosurgeons J.D. Day, M.D., and Thomas W. Morris III. The co-principal investigators hope to help determine if a relatively new surgical procedure is better than standard medical management in certain cases of intracerebral hemorrhage. We also highlight the work of our Community Engagement program and its Community Scientist…


March 18, 2019

TRI Now Accepting Applications for KL2 Scholar Awards

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Junior faculty, here’s your chance to jump-start your careers! The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is now accepting applications for its KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Awards. Letters of Intent are due April 29, 2019. Applications are due June 10, 2019. Benefits of the two-year program: 75 percent salary support (up to $95,000 per year)…


March 5, 2019

Apply Now for UAMS Commercialization Course – Deadline Extended to March 22

Nancy Gray, Ph.D., president of UAMS BioVentures, LLC, leads the fastPace Course.

The application deadline for the second annual UAMS fastPACE Course has been extended to Friday, March 22. The 4-week biomedical commercialization course is designed for busy researchers and clinicians with an early stage project. It begins March 29. The course was developed by FastForward Medical Innovations at the University of Michigan and is modeled after the successful National…


February 24, 2019

The February TRIbune Newsletter

The February TRIbune

This month’s TRIbune newsletter highlights exciting developments with the TRI-supported Arkansas Clinical Data Repository (AR-CDR) team, led by Ahmad Baghal, M.D. This talented team is making UAMS clinical data, as well as data from other institutions, more accessible to researchers. Read The TRIbune.


February 7, 2019

TRI Helps Busy Neurosurgeon Lead Multiple Studies

UAMS neurosurgeon Erika Petersen, M.D., hopes research can provide the evidence needed to remove the "experimental" label from some of the therapies she offers.

Erika Petersen, M.D., saw the outlines of her career when she was just 16. As a participant in a summer research program at Duke Cancer Institute, she gained insights beyond the lab work. “As part of the program, I got to stand beside an anesthesiologist and watch open-heart surgery,” she said. “That was the moment…



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