Department News


February 4, 2019

Models for Research: Dr. Erika Petersen Leads Multiple Studies

Erika Petersen, M.D.

UAMS Translational Research Institute Helps Busy Neurosurgeon, Dr. Erika Petersen, Lead Multiple Studies Erika Petersen, M.D., saw the outlines of her career when she was just 16. As a participant in a summer research program at Duke Cancer Institute, she gained insight beyond the lab work. “As part of the program, I got to stand…


January 29, 2019

Diabetic Pain Study at UAMS to Test Spinal Cord Stimulation Device

Ericka Petersen

By David Robinson People with chronic painful diabetic neuropathy are being enrolled in a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research study of a spinal cord stimulation device designed to reduce the pain. Led at UAMS by Erika Petersen, M.D., a neurosurgeon and researcher, the study is part of a clinical trial being conducted…


January 28, 2019

Here’s to Dr. Pait

T. Glenn Pait, M.D., FACS, FAANS

Dr. T. Glenn Pait, Professor of Neurosurgery, is the voice of UAMS’s “Here’s to Your Health”  broadcast on KUAR, the National Public Radio affiliate at UA Little Rock. This is a popular weekly radio show that delivers patient education, general medical information and translational research. As a measure of appreciation, a listener of Dr. Pait’s…


January 22, 2019

5th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium

Parkinson's Symposium Card

April 7, 2019 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Jack T. Stephens Building – 12th Floor Free to public   April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. Each year, 50 to 60 thousand new cases are diagnosed in the United States. Researchers are working toward finding a cure and making progress on the best treatment options. April…


December 3, 2018

Violinist Plays Again Thanks to Spinal Cord Stimulation

Woman holding a violin

By Katrina Dupins Alventena Cobb of Conway is a professional musician. She’s played the violin for more than 30 years and has instructed many students. Cobb uses her instrument as a method of expression. So when a shoulder injury prevented her from picking up her bow and strings, she felt incomplete. In 2007, Cobb had…


November 13, 2018

UAMS Cancer Researchers Receive NIH Grant to Develop New Cancer Therapies

Karen Abbott, PH.D. and Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.

By Linda Haymes UAMS College of Medicine researchers have received a $604,208 grant to study how an abnormal protein found in ovarian cancer and some brain tumors helps tumors grow. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the three-year grant to Karen Abbott, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry…


November 9, 2018

Dr. Erika Petersen live on KLRT

Dr. Petersen on KARK

Dr. Erika Petersen was live on KLRT  to talk about a new study that can help reduce pain from leg amputation. The types of pain the study focuses on are chronic pain that makes it hard to wear a prosthesis and phantom pain, which occurs when a missing part of their body hurts even though it…


November 8, 2018

Erika Petersen M.D. – The Face of Neurosurgery in Arkansas

Dr. Petersen - Faces of AR

Dr. Erika Petersen was featured in the AY Magazine as the Face of Neurosurgery in the State of Arkansas. “Erika Petersen, M.D., became the first female neurosurgery faculty member at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 2010. Petersen was recruited to the school to build and direct a program in functional neurosurgery and…


October 16, 2018

Family Finds Faith an Anchor During Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Joshua Moody and his parents, Gwen and David, standing in a hallway.

Watch the KATV video about this story on their website. By Katrina Dupins On the afternoon of November 10, 2017, the temperature hovered just below 60 degrees. A few clouds passed through the sky as a light breeze moved through leaves rich with fall foliage. Joshua Moody, 22, and his father, David, decided they would…


August 31, 2018

W. Morris III, M.D., Joins Faculty

T. W. Morris, M.D.

W. Morris III, M.D., has joined the Department of Neurosurgery as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Morris received his medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He recently completed his neurosurgery residency at UAMS, where he received the Resident Award for Excellence in Research in 2016. Dr. Morris’ primary clinical interests are…



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