About TRI

TRI- where research comes to life

The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) was established in 2009 under the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

We have worked diligently to build a rich environment that supports and stimulates research discovery and its rapid transfer to interventions that improve the health of individuals and communities. We have developed efficient and resourceful workflows, established excellent research training and educational programs, and launched initiatives to support the growth of team science and community engagement.

Our Resources and Services

We provide a variety of resources and services for researchers, including:

  • consultations
  • specialized training
  • networking opportunities
  • study subject recruitment
  • help with administrative and compliance processes
  • funding opportunities for both clinical and community-basedresearchers

This support is available to UAMS researchers, including those Arkansas Children’s Hospital and its Research Institute, and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.

You can learn more about our services through our TRI Services page.

Our Mission

Arkansans face many health challenges. Arkansas ranks 3rd in the nation in obesity rates, 4th in diabetes, and 4th in heart disease. High poverty and the rural nature of our population compound these health care challenges and often create obstacles to translational research.

TRI sees opportunity in these challenges. We have made it our mission to develop new knowledge and approaches that will address and positively impact the complex health challenges of Arkansas’ rural and underrepresented populations. We seek to build a thriving research community across Arkansas that helps researchers turn their discoveries into widely accessible health solutions.

Community Focus

To help meet these goals, TRI fosters long-term partnerships with communities and community-based organizations to help guide the development of meaningful research projects. More information about our specific community engagement activities can be found on our Community Engagement page.