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UAMS News - May 2010

NIH Awards UAMS and Partners $14.7 Million for Biomedical Research
Biomedical research in Arkansas has received a $14.7 million boost over five years from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue expanding and improving biomedical research in the state.

The five-year grant is an extension of nine years of continuous funding already worth $26 million to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), along with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and six other partner state institutions. The previous funding began with a $9.3 million grant awarded in 2001 that was extended with a five-year $16.7 million grant awarded in 2005.

“Laboratory research is a vital link in finding new medical treatments that will ultimately improve the lives of Arkansans,” said Lawrence E. Cornett, Ph.D., executive associate dean for research in the UAMS College of Medicine and vice chancellor for research. “This grant is a critical component for the continued development of biomedical research programs that are now conducting cutting-edge research and in aiding the recruitment of highly skilled and research-focused faculty and students at these Arkansas partner institutions.” Read more

Jones Eye Institute Receives $3 Million for Genetics Center
A Rogers couple has pledged $3 million to the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to establish the Leland and Betty Tollett Center for Retinal and Ophthalmic Genetics Disorders.

The Tolletts’ gift will provide the resources to finish out the eighth floor of the Jones Eye Institute to house the center, which will include diagnostic and treatment space, low vision and rehabilitation space, clinical research and database facilities. Basic research will continue on the third floor and will be expanded to include basic genetic research.

John P. Shock, M.D., distinguished professor and founding director of the Jones Eye Institute, said there have been major discoveries in the knowledge of retinal disorders and ocular genetics in the past decade, prompting the need for the new center. Read more

Lawrence Cornett, Ph.D., and Helen Benes, Ph.D., help lead biomedical research at UAMS.
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