Research News

April 20, 2022

20Lighter Announces First 12 Patients Enrolled in Joint Replacement Pilot Study with UAMS Orthopaedic Surgeons

Joint clinical trial

The study compares surgical eligibility, laboratory blood tests and patient-reported outcomes of 20Lighter patients to standard of care in rural Arkansas.

February 14, 2022

Researchers Awarded 1st Place Basic Science Award by CSRS

cervical spine

John Sherrill, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, and David Bumpass, M.D., associate professor, recently received the 2021 Outstanding Basic Science Research Award by the Cervical Spine Research Society.

December 7, 2020

Orthopaedic Surgery’s John Sherrill, MPH, Ph.D. Selected as TRI Entrepreneurship Postdoctoral Scholar

john sherrill

The UAMS Translational Research Institute Health Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship (HSIE) Postdoctoral Training Program has named four postdoctoral scholars for its class of 2022, including the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s John Sherrill, MPH, Ph.D. The scholars, selected in a competitive application process, will begin two years of mentored entrepreneurship training July 1. The HSIE Postdoctoral…

Abstracts Rated in Top 100 Posters at 30th Annual AAHKS Meeting

AAHKS posters

Two abstracts submitted by hip and knee surgeons Jeffrey Stambough, M.D., C. Lowry Barnes, M.D., and Simon Mears, M.D. were among the top 100 graded posters selected at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) 30th Annual Meeting that took place early November. The abstracts (below) will be published in the Proceedings Volume…

December 6, 2020

Orthopaedic Surgery Researchers Awarded $25,000 Pilot Grant to Study Biomechanics of the Human Spine

John Spine

Researchers in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery received a $25,000 grant to support investigator-initiated research conducted by faculty in the UAMS College of Medicine.  The Barton Pilot Grant supports the design and development of studies focused on the biomechanics of the cervicothoracic junction of the human spine and characterizing the mechanical burden of surgical implants…

December 3, 2020

Shahryar Ahmadi, M.D., Co-Principal Investigator on $1.725 Million Grant to Develop Virtual Rotator Cuff Arthroscopic Skill Trainer (ViRCAST)ACH Receive $1.725 Million Grant to Develop Virtual Rotator Cuff Arthroscopic Skill Trainer (ViRCAST)

Dr. Shahyar Ahmadi

North Carolina-based software research and development company Kitware and its three Arkansas partners—the University of Central Arkansas (UCA), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH)—received a $1.725 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The award supports the design, development,…

December 1, 2020

UAMS Researcher Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Study Bone Health, Exercise Connection

Jinhu research funding

By Amy Widner Oct. 20, 2020 | LITTLE ROCK — A researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how physical activity improves bone health, with possible implications for bone loss from osteoporosis and aging. Jinhu Xiong, Ph.D., is…

August 6, 2020

$780,000 Federal Grant Will Give UAMS Medical Students Hands-on Cancer Research Experience

Richard NIcholas Grant

By Susan Van Dusen A $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a hands-on summer cancer research experience for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). “Partnership in Cancer Research will provide focused and innovative research experiences in laboratories, community outreach programs and clinics for selected first- and second-year…

July 29, 2020

UAMS, UAF Artificial Joint Research Sparked by ‘Give and Get’ Retreat


By David Robinson July 29, 2020 | Researchers at UAMS and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, are working to develop longer-lasting artificial hip and knee replacement joints that are also more resistant to infections. UAMS’ Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., a microbiologist with expertise in Staphylococcus aureus and orthopaedic infection, is collaborating with UAF’s Min Zou, Ph.D., a mechanical engineer with…

July 2, 2020

UAMS Partners with Nationwide Program to Use Statistics on Orthopaedic Outcomes to Help Determine Care

Dr. Bumpass and Patient PROMIS

July 2, 2020 | The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is now a partner site in a nationwide effort to improve care for orthopaedic conditions by using statistics on outcomes that can help monitor a response to surgery and maybe help determine if a procedure is right for them. The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement…