Here are this week’s Accolades, a roundup of some of the honors and accomplishments of College of Medicine and UAMS faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students I’ve heard about recently!
Patent for Stroke Treatment
Congratulations to Dr. William Culp, Professor Emeritus in Radiology, and Dr. Robert Skinner, Professor Emeritus in Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, on their new U.S. patent for “Dodecafluoropentane Emulsion as a Stroke and Ischemia Therapy.” Dodecafluoropentane Emulsion (DDFPe) efficiently takes oxygen from the lungs and releases it to ischemic tissues in patients. In a Phase Ib/II clinical trial at UAMS, DDFPe was shown to be safe. Their work, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 2019, also showed that the treatment resulted in significant improvements in acute stroke patients. Dr. Evan Unger of the University of Arizona also is a holder on the patent. Major collaborators in the research of DDFPe included UAMS’ Dr. Aliza Brown (Neurology), Dr. Sanjeeva Onteddu (Neurology), Dr. John Lowery (Laboratory Animal Medicine) and Dr. Paula Roberson (Biostatistics).
Spinal Cord Disorders & Women’s Health
Dr. Laura Hobart-Porter and Dr. Kathryn Stambough presented on gynecological and reproductive considerations in females with spinal cord disorders at the recent national meeting of the Academic Association of Physiatry in Anaheim, California. Dr. Hobart-Porter, Associate Professor and Section Chief for Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the Department of Pediatrics, served as Course Director for the educational session. Dr. Stambough, Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, specializes in pediatric and adolescent gynecology and presented along with Dr. Hobart-Porter.
Emergency Ultrasound National Appointment
Dr. Jason Arthur, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been elected as an Education Officer on the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) Executive Committee. AEUS is an international forum of clinician sonologists with the common goal of advancing patient care and safety through the use of bedside ultrasound. As an Education Officer, Dr. Arthur will help to develop the educational program for the annual AEUS Business Meeting and didactic submissions for the Society of Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting, along with other educational initiatives related to emergency ultrasound.
Pediatric Grand Rounds Speaker
Dr. Ariel Berlinski, Professor of Pediatric Pulmonology, recently shared his expertise on aerosol delivery in children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center Pediatrics Grand Rounds. At Arkansas Children’s, Dr. Berlinski serves as Medical Director of the Pulmonary Diagnostic Laboratory, Medical Director of Respiratory Care Services and Director of the Arkansas Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Berlinski also directs the Pediatric Aerosol Research Laboratory at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.
Students Present at National Conference
A shout-out to second-year medical student Cade Haynie and third-year student Robert Kiss for doing a great job on their podium presentations at the Carrell Krusen Neuromuscular Symposium, an annual national conference held at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Aravindhan Veerapandiyan, Assistant Professor in Pediatric Neurology, mentors the students. Cade discussed his research into caregivers’ opinions on multidisciplinary care for children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Robert presented his research on pathological variability of ACTA1 myopathy, a congenital neuromuscular disease.
Putting Patients First
UAMS team members in the Pulaski County Regional Crisis Stabilization Unit and the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSUs) are steadfastly focused on providing excellent care for persons in mental health crisis who encounter law enforcement due to their psychiatric condition. Some of the patients, also called guests, in these CSUs are dealing with opioid use disorder – and even more have lost a friend or family member to an opioid overdose.
Both of the CSUs have been approved to participate in the Arkansas Opioid Recovery Partnership’s Naloxone Community Hero Project. The Pulaski County unit received a credit, worth almost $50,000, to purchase 1,000 doses of naloxone, a medication that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose, from the Arkansas Naloxone Bank. The Northwest CSU received a $14,250 credit to purchase 300 naloxone kits. These doses will be available to send home with guests, who will also receive training on how to use the medication. The program will help prevent future overdoses, which is truly putting patients first. Kudos to CSU Directors Dr. Lisa Evans (Pulaski County) and Kristen McAllister, LCSW, (Northwest) and their teams.