Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.The Division of Research and Innovation (R&I) provides leadership in formulating and enacting strategies to expand system-wide research activities.

As part of that effort, the UAMS Research Committee (URC) (composed of representatives from all UAMS colleges, the Academic Senate, and Graduate School) meets monthly to discuss research policy, processes, strategic planning, grant submissions, and collaborative research initiatives.

The Division also co-hosts a quarterly Showcase of Medical Discoveries scientific poster and collaboration event to connect clinical/basic science faculty members and stimulate research collaboration. To learn more about important UAMS research foci, check out past Showcase events. These events strengthen state-wide collaborations and increase research diversity throughout the University of Arkansas system. Additionally, as a member institution of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute Scientific Coordinating Committee, R&I provides biomedical research guidance on ABI scientific endeavors.

We are also highly supportive of the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute and its efforts to obtain National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation. Together are recruiting top cancer researchers and connecting them with current faculty teams. Similar key partnerships exist with the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute and Central Arkansas Veteran’s Healthcare System.

We work closely with the Translational Research Institute to accelerate the translation of cutting-edge research results into health care advances, including joint sponsorship of the first cohort of the UAMS Research Academy Scholars and Mentors.

Moreover, vital intellectual property transfer/commercialization interests of research faculty are promoted and facilitated via BioVentures into products that benefit human health.

Follow the exciting work our research faculty members are doing in the Arkansas Research in Medicine (ARM) videos where exciting advances are described in plain language.

Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor of Research and Innovation