Dr. Conaway came to UAMS on September 1, 1971 and completed 50 years of service on September 1, 2021. He has been employed half-time since 2016 and plans to retire November 30, 2021.
Dr. Conaway’s research is currently directed at defining physiological agents which stimulate osteoclasts and bone resorption. Beginning with a research study published in Biochemical Pharmacology in 1966, Dr. Conaway has published research manuscripts in the medical literature for over 50 years. Recent studies have included a strong collaborative effort with colleagues in Sweden, specifically Professor Ulf H. Lerner, former head, Department of Oral Cell Biology, and Dean of the Dental School, University of Umea, Umea, Sweden.
Dr. Conaway taught in the Medical Physiology Course in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at UAMS for 42 years. During that time, he received three “Golden Apple Awards” from M1 medical classes designating him as an outstanding instructor. In the new UAMS medical school curriculum instituted in 2013, Dr. Conaway served as the Course Director of the Endocrine/Reproduction Module taught in the M2 year from 2013-2021. Dr. Conaway also directed and taught an M4 medical student Basic Science Endocrine Elective for over 40 years. For his teaching at UAMS, Dr. Conaway has been presented “Red Sash” awards of recognition on 10 occasions from graduating senior classes. In addition, he has served as the Course Coordinator and taught in the Graduate School Course, Cellular Endocrinology, in the Graduate School Course, General Physiology, and in the Graduate School Course, Advanced Physiology.
Dr. Conaway’s teaching career at UAMS has also included directing and teaching a Graduate Physiology Course in the Nursing School for four years when the Master of Science degree in the Nursing School was established, as well as teaching a Physiology Course with a colleague in the School of Pharmacy for one year.
On two occasions, Dr. Conaway has served as an elected representative from the College of Medicine to the Academic Senate Council. Dr. Conaway has been the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He also has served on the campus-wide Graduate School Committee and on the Graduate Student Research Funds Allocation Committee. In addition, Dr. Conaway has served on Medical School Promotions Committees, as a member of the Research Council, in the Physician Educator Honors Program, as Chairman of the Animal Care and Use Committee at UAMS and as the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Representative on the Medical School Curriculum Committee.
Conaway HH, Henning P, Lie A, Tuckermann J, Lerner UH. Glucocorticoids employ the monomeric glucocorticoid receptor to potentiate vitamin D3 and parathyroid hormone – induced osteogenesis. FASEB J. 12:14394-14409, 2019
Persson E, Souza PPC, Floriano-Marcelino T, Conaway HH, Henning P, Lerner UH. Activation of Shc1 allows oncostatin M to induce RANKL and osteooclast formation more efficiently than leukemia inhibitory factor. Front Immunol. 10:1164, 2019
Lionikaite V, Westerlund A, Conaway HH, Henning P, Lerner UH. Effects of retinoids on physiologic and inflammatory osteoclastogenesis in vitro. J Leukoc Biol. 104: 1133-1145, 2018
Lionikaite V, Gustafsson KL, Westterland A, Windahl SH, Koskela A, Tuukkanen, J, Johansson H, Ohlsson C, Conaway HH, Henning P, Lerner UH. Clinically relevant doses of vitamin A decrease cortical bone mass in mice. J Endocrinol. 239:389-402, 2018