Biomedical Informatics: Using Data to Improve Health Care

Ben Boulden

One of the most valuable assets of academic health science centers is clinical data generated every time a patient receives care. This has spawned a relatively new discipline called biomedical informatics, which takes large amounts of health care data and uses it to make improvements in health care. With forward thinking, in 2010, UAMS leadership charged UAMS Biomedical Informatics and … Read More

Lung Cancer: Public Health Tackles Lung Cancer

Spencer Watson

Mohammed Orloff, Ph.D., is hoping to figure why, despite the proven link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, some smokers never develop the disease and some non-smokers do. By extension, the hope is to shed light on why anyone develops the disease. To further that understanding of the causes of lung cancer, Orloff is studying the genetics of individuals and … Read More

Meth Addiction: Blocking Meth’s Effects on the Brain

Susan Van Dusen

For more than 30 years, Michael Owens, Ph.D., has sought a way for drug addicts to overcome their addiction and return to a drug-free life. His research began in the 1980s by studying how to treat the overdose of phencyclidine, or PCP. A decade later, he joined forces with UAMS’ Brooks Gentry, M.D., and together their research has evolved into a … Read More

Food Allergies: New Treatments Being Tested

Katrina Dupins

For a person allergic to peanuts, nothing is simple. Besides not being able to eat peanut products, even exposure to small amounts of peanuts ingested accidentally as a hidden food ingredient could result in a life-threatening allergic reaction. Stacie Jones, M.D., and her research team at the UAMS-affiliated Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI), are working to protect people who … Read More

Radiation Injury: Protecting People on Earth and in Space

Ben Boulden

From the Earth to beyond the sky, UAMS College of Pharmacy scientists are searching for better ways to protect people from radiation injury. A UAMS research team, led by Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., is investigating the effects of space radiation on cardiovascular health. One of the countermeasures against radiation injury in which the research team is interested is tocotrienol, in the … Read More

Osteoporosis: Age, Not Decreased Estrogen, to Blame

Katrina Dupins

Years of research in osteoporosis at UAMS have paid off with a series of discoveries that are changing the way doctors and the public think about the bone-weakening disease. Researchers at the UAMS Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases have shown during the last twenty years that osteoporosis is not just a disease caused by menopause, a stage when women … Read More

Cancer Vaccine: Clinical Trials Induce Antibody Response

Susan Van Dusen

For breast cancer survivors, the possibility of their disease returning is a frightening reality. That’s why scientist Thomas Kieber-Emmons, Ph.D., has spent his career searching for ways to prevent recurrence and give patients a much-needed peace of mind. His years of study have led to the development of a vaccine that is showing great potential not only to prevent the … Read More

Child Injury Prevention: Research Center Supports Many Aspects of Child Health

Elizabeth Caldwell

ATVs are Mary Aitken’s passion. That’s not unusual in a rural state such as Arkansas where children sometimes are riding an all-terrain vehicle while still in elementary school. But you won’t find Aitken, M.D., a professor of pediatrics in the UAMS College of Medicine, out riding one in the deer woods. Instead, she and her team have devoted the last nearly … Read More

Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center: Using Research Findings to Improve Children’s Development

Katrina Dupins

What a pregnant woman eats can affect the development of her child before and after he or she is born with consequences that may extend even into adulthood. Researchers at the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center are finding that proper nutrition maintains health through more complicated ways than previously imagined. Scientists at the center are looking at how nutrition interacts with … Read More

Surgeon Researchers: From the Operating Room to the Research Lab

Susan Van Dusen

A career in surgery undoubtedly leads to long hours and high stress. So why would a surgeon choose to add medical research to his or her already hectic schedule? For pediatric head and neck surgeon Gresham Richter, M.D., the reason is simple. “I want to find a way to help patients without putting them through the ordeal of surgery,” he … Read More