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…

June 25, 2018

Seeking Five Years of Funding, TRI Submits Application to NCATS

Delegations from NIH/NCATS, U.S. Sen. John Boozman’s office and the Senate HHS Appropriations Subcommittee visited UAMS May 7 to learn firsthand about TRI’s work.

One year of bridge funding was great news last year for the Translational Research Institute (TRI), but it set the stage for a big challenge. While the September 2017 Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) allowed TRI time to strengthen its next application for five years of funding, it meant producing a fourth CTSA application…

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…

May 22, 2018

TRI’s Amy Jo Jenkins to Lead International Society of Clinical Research Professionals Board


Amy Jo Jenkins, M.S., C.C.R.P., executive director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute, has been named president-elect of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) Board of Directors. SOCRA, a nonprofit, charitable and educational membership organization, provides an internationally recognized certification program for clinical research professionals (CCRP®). Jenkins founded the Arkansas SOCRA chapter in 2011….

May 18, 2018

BioVentures fastPace Course Helps Researchers Grasp Business Basics

Marie Burdine, Ph.D., left, makes her presentation to the judges, foreground, during the final class session of the fastPace course.

Even a classroom full of experienced researchers with Ph.D. and medical degrees still found useful things to learn about business during the fastPace course organized by BioVentures. “We enrolled in the class because we thought we had a good idea, but we didn’t really know how to take it to the next step,” said Marie Burdine, Ph.D. “We…

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