March 16, 2018

Emotions Run High as Medical Students Match for Residency

Students at the podium

Tears came in all shapes and sizes at Match Day 2018 – tears of joy, tears of relief and tears from proud families. “I’m going to cry,” College of Medicine senior class President Grant Cagle said prophetically while welcoming the audience, made up of the 155 seniors who participated in the match, their families and…

March 15, 2018

NIH Awards $11.3 Million to Establish Bone Research Center at UAMS

Picture of a group of researchers standing on steps

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Professor Charles O’Brien, Ph.D., has been awarded $11.3 million in federal funds over 5 years to launch the Center For Musculoskeletal Disease Research. The Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant comes from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….

March 14, 2018

Boot Camp, BioVentures Propel Researcher into Award-winning Business

Three researchers in front of the UAMS Arkansas Bioventures entrance

Sometimes a motivation and an idea grounded in the academic world make the same journey and reach the same destination together. They did for Amanda Stolarz, Pharm.D., Ph.D. in 2016. At the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp in the summer of 2016, Stolarz’s motivation to do purely academic research met up with an idea for a new…

March 9, 2018

Relationships, Communication Touted as Key at Student Research Day

Student talking with faculty member

Student Research Day is about students, but it is also about mentorship and peer engagement – the relationships that turn hunches and ideas into innovations. Robert E. McGehee Jr., Ph.D., dean of the UAMS Graduate School, said as much as he welcomed everyone to the event, and the day’s distinguished lecturer, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, M.D., echoed…

March 8, 2018

UAMS Jones Eye Institute Opens Walker Eye Surgical Simulation & Education Center

Group of people standing in the newly renovated 9th floor of the Jones Eye Institute

A portion of the ninth floor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute has been transformed into an instructive, collaborative center where ophthalmology residents and UAMS students can learn surgical techniques and procedures outside the confines of an operating room, thanks to a $600,000 donation from the…

March 7, 2018

UAMS Researchers Circulating Survey About Medical Marijuana

Two researchers in a 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…

UAMS Team First to Add Directly Sequenced RNA to Public Database

Drs. Ussery and Nookaew

A group of UAMS researchers is the first to deposit directly sequenced RNA to the National Center for Biotechnology Information databases, made possible by their utilization of a novel, handheld genetic sequencing technology. The federal government maintains a collection of databases with the aim of advancing science and health by providing public access to biomedical…

March 6, 2018

UAMS Pulmonologist Runs Half Marathon in Memory of Patient

Nikhil Meena, M.D., presents Peggy West with a Little Rock Half Marathon medal

Completing the Little Rock Half Marathon is more than an athletic feat for Nikhil Meena, M.D.; it is a symbolic gesture as well. For the second year in a row, the UAMS interventional pulmonologist wore two numbers on the 13.1-mile course: one for himself and one in memory of a patient. “I want to let…

Students Host Young at Heart Luncheon at Aging Institute

Table of people react with smiles and hands raised

Practicing medicine is practicing listening. That was the message of the Young at Heart Luncheon hosted Feb. 23 by students in the UAMS College of Medicine for patients and volunteers in the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Junior Eric Peeler and sophomore Stephanie Dayer organized the event with the help of their peers in…

King Joins Department of Otolaryngology as Director of Clinical Research

Deanne L. King, M.D., Ph.D.

Deanne L. King, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) as director of clinical research for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in the College of Medicine. King will facilitate collaborations on otolaryngology topics between researchers on campus, assist residents and medical students with publishing their research, increase the…

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