Cancer Featured Stories


July 3, 2019

Cross-Country Cyclists Stop by UAMS Cancer Institute to Promote Research and Fundraising

Myeloma patient Melissa Durham of Strawberry, Arkansas, and her husband Eddie visited with nearly 30 students from The University of Texas at Austin in Texas who recently visted the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute. The students are part of a larger group cycling 4,000 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska, in support of cancer treatment and research. Photo credit, Linda Haymes

June 20, 2019

UAMS Researcher Awarded $1.75 Million Grant to Study New Therapies for Metastatic Melanoma

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., was awarded a National Cancer Institute grant of $1.75 million to support his ongoing research into new therapies for metatatic melanoma.

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., a cancer researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has received a five-year $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify new tumor targets in the treatment of metastatic melanoma.


June 12, 2019

UAMS-Developed Cytophone Detects Melanoma in Earliest Stages, Could Prevent Fatal Disease Spread

Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., Ds.C. (center) is pictured with collaborators (left to right) Laura Hutchins, M.D.; James Y. Suen, M.D.; Ekaterina I. Galanzha, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.; Eric Siegel, M.S.; Issam Makhoul, M.D.; Azemat Jamshidi-Parsian, M.S.; Mustafa Sarimollaoglu, Ph.D; and Aayire C. Yadem, M.S.

A University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team led by Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., D.Sc., has demonstrated the ability to detect and kill circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the blood using a noninvasive device called Cytophone that integrates a laser, ultrasound and phone technologies.


May 31, 2019

UAMS, Governor Celebrate Clinical Trials Day

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A celebration of Clinical Trials Day was a chance for Gov. Asa Hutchinson to shake hands with UAMS researchers and hear the story of Betty Fortner, a cancer survivor and clinical research advocate.


May 28, 2019

Undergrads Explore Cancer Research Careers at UAMS Workshop

INBRE workshop organizer Tom Kelly, Ph.D., gives instructions about the day's activities.

As Hendrix College junior John Pablo-Kaiser considers his career options, cancer research is high on the list.


May 20, 2019

Thoracic Surgeon Steliga Honored by UAMS Cancer Institute Auxiliary

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When Matthew Steliga, M.D., arrived at UAMS 10 years ago, he faced an uphill battle. Lung cancer rates in the state were skyrocketing, with an estimated 2,160 Arkansans losing their lives to the disease in 2009.


May 15, 2019

UAMS Cancer Institute Bone Marrow Transplant Program Receives Internationally Recognized Accreditation

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The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received an internationally recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).


May 8, 2019

Cancer Researchers Form Collaborations, Share Insight at Inaugural Retreat

UAMS cancer researchers gathered May 2 for the inaugural Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Research Retreat.

With about 125 cancer researchers and clinical scientists gathered in one spot, new ideas and collaborations are bound to develop.


May 7, 2019

Johann Granted $1.47 Million to Continue Cutting-Edge Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

Donald J. Johann Jr., M.D., has been awarded $1.47 million from the Food and Drug Administration to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test.

Physician-scientist Donald J. Johann Jr., M.D., has been awarded a $1.47 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue a clinical trial to determine if new approaches can be developed to monitor and screen for lung cancer with a blood test.


April 26, 2019

Omar T. Atiq, M.D., Named Chair of Board of Governors for American College of Physicians

Omar Atiq, M.D.

Omar T. Atiq, M.D., a UAMS professor of medicine and otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, was named chair of the Board of Governors of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internists.



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