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Vol. 1, No. 4                                                                                                                          Oct. 24, 2018
Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Sharp Malak, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology, UAMS College of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health
Dr. Malak's work with the UAMS mobile mammography program serves to remove barriers to early detection while attempting to understand how to best engage women, primary care providers, and communities to embrace early detection. Read more >
Institutional Advancement Team Members Dedicated to Cancer

The Institutional Advancement Division furthers the mission of UAMS and the Cancer Institute through facilitating relationships with constituents, including staff and faculty; donors; alumni; patients and their families; and community volunteers. Institutional Advancement promotes leadership and engagement of individuals who support and volunteer to advance the university’s mission. 
 
Included in Institutional Advancement are team members who work directly on behalf of the Cancer Institute. Major gift fundraising staff includes: 

Brigitte Grant
Brigitte Grant
Interim Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement
Chief Development Officer, College of Medicine

Brigitte finds fundraising an extremely fulfilling career and believes that facilitating relationships between individuals who want to make a difference and our clinicians, researchers and educators is true work with purpose. "UAMS is a very special academic health science center given the nature of our entrepreneurial faculty and the transformational investment of community members," she said. "Through engagement of benefactors, discoveries are made, people are healed and future health care leaders are born." 


Tom Stephenson
Tom Stephenson, J.D.
Senior Director of Development

Tom has engaged in the cancer arena for the last two years at UAMS, working with grateful patients and their families; inspirational philanthropists; brilliant medical practitioners and researchers; and committed, caring hospitalists. He is hopeful that our work together will lead us ever closer to the real promise of a cure for all forms of cancer.


Phyllis Lovelace
Phyllis Lovelace
Associate Director of Development

Phyllis is the primary development officer for Cancer Institute events, including the Gala for Life and RockStar Lounge and serves as liaison for the Hot Springs Village Walk and other third-party events. She also is responsible for other major gifts for the Cancer Institute.  Phyllis began her career in fundraising at UAMS after seeing firsthand the Cancer Institute's "incredible treatment and compassionate care" extended to a loved one. 


Tiffani Foltz
Tiffani Foltz
Director of Development

Tiffani's role is to identify and secure private philanthropy to support research and general operations for all cancer types. She enjoys engaging donors in philanthropy that is meaningful to them and helps advance our mission.


Judy Cheek
Judy Cheek
Executive Director of Special Events

Judy has been a UAMS employee for 37 years, serving in the Cancer Institute for more than 20 of those. She oversees all special events for the campus, including the Cancer Institute's Gala for Life and RockStar Lounge. For Judy, the patients and the battles they fight are a daily reminder of why we do what we do.
Cancer-Related Grants
July – September 2018

Frett, Brendan A.
American Thyroid Association
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
Dual Inhibition of Ret and Aurora B to Study the Simultaneous Regulation of Multiple Oncogene Pathways in Medullary Thyroid Cancer
$25,000

Henry-Tillman, Ronda S.
Arkansas Department of Health - 4600040148
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
Colorectal Cancer Screening Program FY2019
$406,740
 
Leung, Wai Chung
NIH/Nat. Inst. of General Medical Sciences - 5 P20 GM121293-02
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
Center for Translational Pediatric Research Yr 2
$50,000
 
Malak, Sharp F.
Arkansas Department of Health - 4600040149
7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
UAMS Mobile Mammography Program: 2018-2019
$401,490
 
Franco, Aime T.
NIH/Nat. Cancer Institute - 1 R01 CA214511-01A1
7/3/2018 - 6/30/2023
MAPK pathway modulation in thyroid tumorigenesis- Resubmission
$228,750
 
MacNicol, Angus (Multi-PI)
NIH/Nat. Inst. of Child Health & Human Development - 1 R01 HD093461-01A1
9/1/2018 - 6/30/2023
Control of pituitary cell plasticity through regulated mRNA translation
$405,474.00 (25% cancer related)
 
Su, Lihchyun J.
NIH/Nat. Cancer Institute -- 1 R15 CA231510-01
9/6/2018 - 8/31/2021
Genetic variability in DHFR and folic acid supplementation as novel risk factors for aggressive prostate cancer
$389,213
 
Abbott, Karen L.
NIH/Nat. Cancer Institute - 1 R21 CA229044-01
9/12/2018 - 8/31/2021
Novel platform linking cancer-specific glycosylation with cell signaling outcomes
$150,000
 
Grant Writing Workshop

How about a quick refresher on grant writing in November? Tools, tips and tricks are promised by the presenters in four one-hour sessions covering grant writing for community-based research, clinical research, education research and basic science research. Sessions are scheduled for noon-1 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16 and 30 in Rahn 8240. Participants may attend any or all sessions. Click here to learn more.
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