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, one of the College of Medicine’s seven learning communities, and currently is vice president of the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions. 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 has been a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) since 1985, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists since 2012, and the Society for Neuroscience since 1982.
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.
Edgar R. Meyer, Ph.D.
Dr. Meyer is an Assistant Professor of in the Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences. He serves as an instructor of gross anatomy within the Human Structure module and of neuroanatomy within the Brain and Behavior module in the College Medicine, an instructor of gross anatomy within the Physician Assistant Gross Anatomy course in the College of Health Professions, and an instructor of histology within the Histology and Laboratory Screening course in the Graduate School. At UAMS, he currently serves as an Academic House advisor for the College of Medicine, co-advisor for the new Multicultural Inclusion in Medicine (MIM) organization, and co-advisor and co-founder of the Inter-Faith Dialogue Interest Group (IDIG). He also serves as a member of the Underrepresented Student Recruitment, Engagement, and Retention Subcommittee governed by the Vice Chancellor of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and as a member of the Society for the History of Medicine and the Health Professions at UAMS. He has been a member of the American Association for Anatomy (AAA) since 2015 and of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists since 2018. He will begin a three-year term of service as a member of the Committee for Early-Career Anatomists (CECA) at the conclusion of the 2020 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting.
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.
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