David L. Davies, Ph.D.
Dr. Davies is the Lutterloh Professor of Medical Education Excellence. He co-directs the Division of Clinical Anatomy and serves as the course director for the College of Medicine Human Structure module. Previously, he has served as director of the Neurobiology Graduate Program, the Medical Microanatomy course and the graduate Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience course. He serves as an advisor for the Compton Academic House. As co-chair of the College of Medicine Subcommittee on Basic Science Education, his interests encompass issues related to curriculum structure, LCME accreditation, environmental/climate health education and compassionate offramps for students in jeopardy. Dr. Davies is a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) , the American Association of Clinical Anatomists (AACA), the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).
Kevin Phelan, Ph.D.
Dr. Phelan is a Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Clinical Anatomy. He serves as the basic science Co-director for the longitudinal ultrasound curriculum and directs all activities in the Clinical Procedure Teaching and Learning Laboratory. He teaches anatomy, embryology, histology, and neuroscience in several different medical student courses. He serves as an advisor for Beall Academic House. He is also Program Director for a $1.27 million dollar Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The ArkanSONO SEPA grant is a technology focused outreach program targeting middle and high school students that uses ultrasound and other imaging technology to stimulate student interest in STEM. In addition, he collaborates with other basic science faculty in research on obesity, alcohol and epilepsy.
Noor Akhter, Ph.D.
Dr. Akhter is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She serves as an instructor of gross anatomy in the Human Structure module and of neuroanatomy in the Brain and Behavior module in the College of Medicine. Dr. Akhter also teaches in the pathophysiology course for nursing students. She directs and teaches the senior elective gross anatomy review course. The primary focus of Dr. Akhter’s research is the role of anterior pituitary hormones in growth and reproduction. Dr. Akhter has been a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) since 2012 and of the International Association of Medical Science Educators since 2015.
Helen Hayes, B.S.
Helen Hayes is an instructor for the College of Medicine’s Human Structure Course. She attended medical school at UAMS and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the UAMS Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences. She is an active member of several organizations, including the American Association of Anatomy, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Graduate Student Teachers of Central Arkansas and the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Helen is an ardent disciple of Dr. Patrick Tank, Dr. David Davies, and Dr. Kevin Phelan; and she is a firm believer that the combined power of Dr. Syed and Dr. Meyer’s gentle smiles to encourage the sun to rise each morning. Currently, she is engaged in a decade-long competition with Dr. Akhter to be the greatest faculty dissector.
Tiffany Huitt, Ph.D.
Dr. Huitt received a doctorate in Neurobiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and was a NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She returned to UAMS in 2015 as an Assistant Professor teaching gross anatomy and neuroscience in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies until 2021. She is now a tenured Associate Professor in the UAMS College of Medicine, and she serves as the Director of the Anatomical Gift Program in the Division of Clinical Anatomy. Dr. Huitt has received multiple teaching awards, including the UAMS Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award (2020), PA Faculty Teacher of the Year award (2018), and the CHP Excellence in Teaching Award (2017). Her current scholarship interests include assessing and developing novel pedagogical methods in medical and health sciences education, including the use of mindfulness based educational practices.
Laura C. Stanley, Ph.D.
Dr. Stanley has been a member of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences (formerly Department of Anatomy) for over 30 years and is a leader in medical education within the UAMS College of Medicine (COM). Her primary area of expertise is neuroscience, and her finding of Interleukin-1 in microglial cells associated with Alzheimer disease plaques gained her international recognition early in her career and prompted research by others that continues today at the UAMS Center for Aging. She is currently the basic science director of the UAMS COM M1 Brain and Behavior module, having previously served as the laboratory director of this module and its predecessor, the Neuroscience course. She also shares her medical histology expertise by participating in numerous COM M1 and M2 modules including Human Structure, Molecules to Cells, Hematology/Oncology, Brain and Behavior, Musculoskeletal/Skin, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal. She participates in both the ultrasound program offered by the Division of Clinical Anatomy and in the UAMS Graduate School Cell Biology course. She has given short course reviews to UAMS Neurosurgery and Neurology residents. She is a basic science COM Academic House advisor for Ish House and was involved in the establishment of the UAMS Academic Houses. Dr. Stanley is a member of the UAMS Rainbow Health Alliance and supports the medical student community outreach CampNeuro at UAMS. She serves as a liaison between UAMS and the Arkansas School for the Deaf. She has been a member of the Society for Neuroscience since 1986, the Arkansas Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience since 1987, the International Association of Medical Science Educators since 2007, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2018.
Mohsin Syed, Ph.D.
Dr. Syed is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Syed teaches gross anatomy within the Human Structure module and neuroscience within the Brain and Behavior module. He also teaches gastrointestinal anatomy and histology to second year medical students, pathophysiology to nursing students, and neuroscience and general physiology to graduate students. Dr. Syed is actively involved in both basic science and educational research. His current basic science research is focused on the post-transcriptional pathways that signal leptin regulation of gonadotropes using a genetically modified mouse model. Dr. Syed is a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) since 2012 and of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) since 2014.
Erica Malone, Ph.D.
Dr. Malone is an Assistant Professor of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences. She earned her doctorate at the Texas A&M University. Dr. Malone teaches gross anatomy in the Human Structure module, and a summer course offered by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies in the UAMS College of Health Professions. Her projected research interests encompass 1) Physically interactive models, 2) Virtual and Augmented Reality, and 3) Integrating Artistic Practices.
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