October 19, 2017

TRI Releases First eBook for Researchers!


The UAMS Translational Research Institute (TRI) has released its first Research Recruitment and Resources eBook. The 22-page web-based booklet was designed to give researchers a user-friendly guide to resources to facilitate their work. Participant recruitment and other critical research services are covered, with links throughout to additional information and contacts in each area. Check it…

July 16, 2018

TRI Graduates 17 in Latest Community Scientist Academy

The Community Scientist Academy graduates included: Back row from left : Victoria Akins, Alexandra Wilson, LaToya Wilson, and Ti Davis Front row from left: Jajuan Johnson, Breana Taylor, Angela Aikens, Ashely Young and Jan Bowen. Not pictured: Not pictured: Cynthia Booker, Josie Elton, Terri Floyd, Shalonda Stewart, Bailejone Lagoye, Clay McCastlain, Sharmin Moody and John Paul Nolan, Jr.

Ashley Young, one of 17 graduates of the UAMS Translational Research Institute’s spring 2018 Community Scientist Academy, said graduation night was bittersweet. “I loved it. I’m sad that it wasn’t longer,” the Little Rock resident said of the six-week program. “I loved the interactive activities, and I loved how we had a different speaker each…

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…

May 4, 2018

Public Invited to Attend UAMS Community Scientist Academy

Community Scientist Academy participants taking part in a class exercise.

Arkansans interested in having a voice in research programs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) or simply learning how research is done are invited to participate in UAMS’ Summer 2018 Community Scientist Academy. Sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute, the Community Scientist Academy will be on Tuesdays each week May 22…

April 30, 2018

TRI Helps Center for Health Literacy Make National Impact

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Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., and her team at the Center for Health Literacy have been busy collecting national and international awards, grants and attention for their research-based tools and interventions.  And for good reason – their products are becoming models for addressing a key barrier to health improvement and human subjects research. Hadden attributes much of…

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