VA Geriatric Research: UAMS/VA Work to Improve Veterans’ Health

David Robinson

Prasad Padala, M.D., who is searching for novel ways to improve health in aging veterans, leads a visitor into a clinic room with the only magnetic stimulator of its kind in Arkansas that’s known for its effective treatment of depression.   The Neuronetics Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator was purchased to help entice Padala, a research psychiatrist specializing in geriatrics, to UAMS … Read More

Community Research: Connecting the Underserved Saves Money

David Robinson

A few years ago, UAMS researchers   found that significant Medicaid savings were resulting from a unique effort to help people in three underserved counties receive in-home long-term care. The savings – $2.6 million over three years – were accruing from a Community Connector Program based in Phillips, Lee and Monroe counties. The outcome of that UAMS Fay W. Boozman … Read More

Longevity: Gene-Mapping Gives Glimpse into Life Span

Susan Van Dusen

What do humans have in common with a millimeter-long, translucent roundworm? Based on the findings of Robert J. S. Reis, D.Phil., more than you would imagine. For more than 30 years, Reis has mapped the genes of these roundworms, known as C. elegans, in an effort to understand the genetics of why we age. They are, he said, “a wonderful … Read More

Cardiovascular: Constructing a Younger-performing Heart

Ben Boulden

Gohar Azhar, M.D., is exploring the consequences of having a young heart in an old body, and that’s not a metaphor. By changing one protein in the cardiac muscle of the heart,  Azhar and her colleagues have been able to make the heart perform in an old mouse as though its chronological age was much less. The team has also … Read More

Nutrition: Shedding Weight Without Losing Muscle Strength

Ben Boulden

For older people, a shrinking waistline soon may not mean any loss in physical vitality, mobility or muscular strength. When an older person loses fat through dieting or ill health, it also involves a loss of muscle tissue. That loss in turn means physical weakness, a great tendency to fall and a general reduction in mobility. The research of Robert … Read More

Alzheimer’s: Griffin Pioneers Role of Neuroinflammation

David Robinson

Back  in  the mid-1980s Sue Griffin, Ph.D., was having a hard time attracting interest in her radical theory about Alzheimer’s disease. Then she visited UAMS, where she presented her ideas about the role of inflammation in causing the brain’s neurons to self-destruct. Among those listening was the late Robert Fiser, M.D., then-chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College … Read More

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center: Training New Researchers on Aging

Ben Boulden

For research on aging to continue to advance, scientists dedicated to understanding the aging process have to be around to do the research. Among the main goals of the Arkansas Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at UAMS is training new geriatricians and gerontologists to find the answers that will result in the continued independence and improved function of … Read More

Geropsychiatric Nursing: Preparing Nurses to Meet Mental Health Needs

Nate Hinkel

As life spans continue to increase, the UAMS College of Nursing is responding to a fresh challenge by preparing the next generation of nurses to meet the needs of older adults with mental health conditions. “There is a whole side to aging that people don’t think about. People are living longer, but we need to know how their mental health … Read More

Educating the Next Generation: Equipping Students in Geriatric Health Care

Jon Parham

ecognizing the complexity often encountered in treating older patients, UAMS students are equipped with a more in-depth and increasingly interprofessional exposure to geriatric health care than many of their peers elsewhere. Students draw on the nationally known resources of the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics in the UAMS College of … Read More

Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration: Researching and Treating Serious Eye Diseases

Holland Doran

Age is one of the biggest risk factors for developing glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, eye diseases that can lead to permanent blindness. As the population is aging at a faster rate, research is offering new less-invasive, cost-effective treatments to restrict these diseases. “Globally, glaucoma is a very hot area for research right now, and I believe we are due for … Read More