Little Rock Technology Park: Creating a Reseach-Technology Center

Elizabeth Caldwell

Each rents a tiny working space — a desk and a chair, really — by the month; but these dozen or so budding entrepreneurs are hoping to make it big in research and technology. The small teams, sometimes just a one-person startup, are the first fruits of the Little Rock Technology Park, which set up operations in early 2015 in … Read More

Bioventures: Business Incubator Helps Start-ups Succeed

Ben Boulden

Learning about a new scientific breakthrough can be exciting. Learning that it may not positively affect your life for many years to come can be frustrating. UAMS BioVentures, a biomedical business incubator, works to shorten that wait. Through the companies UAMS BioVentures helps germinate and grow, it increases the access of people to advances in medicine and technology, making concrete … Read More

Arkansas Research Alliance: Recruiting and Retaining Research Leaders

Ben Boulden

The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) is looking for entrepreneurial research leaders who are potential job creators. It found such a match in Peter Crooks, Ph.D., D. Sc., who was recruited to UAMS in 2011 to chair the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the College of Pharmacy. A Crooks innovation — a breakthrough gel for the treatment of a form of … Read More

Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science: Human Health Problems Require Multifaceted Approach

Spencer Watson

Large problems in human health require researchers with a broad perspective. UAMS is working to ensure its Graduate School students are equipped to meet that challenge. “We are working to develop a unified admission process in which every basic science graduate student is admitted to a centralized curriculum, then, depending on their interest, moves into a specific program or track, … Read More

Student Diversity: Encouraging Diversity in Science and Health Care

Spencer Watson

As dean of the UAMS Graduate School, Robert McGehee Jr., Ph.D., takes pride in every student. But when degrees were awarded in December 2014, he said it was “a great day.” What set it apart was seeing the first graduate of a program to recruit and graduate more doctoral students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. “These students will be the … Read More

INBRE: Student Fellowships Build Pipeline to Research Careers

Jon Parham

A UAMS-led effort to strengthen the biomedical research environment in the state is intended to pay off now and in the future. Arkansas is one of 23 states to receive funding from a National Institutes of Health program — totaling $40.7 million since 2001 — that is being used to recruit research faculty to Arkansas universities, purchase needed scientific equipment and … Read More

Nursing PCORI: Drafting Patients as Research Partners

Jon Parham

Better health outcomes is the goal of community-based research. That research is most effective when patients are full partners, offering opinions about what direction the project should take. UAMS nurse scientist Pam Williams has experienced that through her studies about the impact of rare disease on patients. A research project can be more productive when it involves affected patients — … Read More

VA Mental Health: Identifying Bias In Access to Care

Spencer Watson

Sometimes it’s not enough for a doctor to know the right treatment for a patient. Sometimes that puzzle includes other pieces, such as whether the treatment is delivered in the most comfortable, effective way. Still other times doctors must not hesitate to ask themselves whether they are letting preconceived opinions unconsciously get in the way. These are just a couple … Read More

Disparities: Tackling the Economics of Health

Spencer Watson

Health disparities are expensive, and in a country that spends more than $3 trillion annually on health care, measuring those disparities, studying and quantifying them, helps craft policy solutions that will be cost-effective in eliminating them. “How we allocate resources in this country really affects health. And it’s very expensive. What we spend on health is about 20 percent of … Read More

Addressing Health Disparities in Northwest Arkansas

Jon Parham

Sharlynn Lang’s mother has struggled with diabetes for about 25 years, and in that time, Lang has lost family members and friends to diabetes and diabetes-related complications. “Not just a few but many,” said the Springdale resident. Lang, her family and friends are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, a tiny chain of islands in the south Pacific. Drawn … Read More