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Vol. 2, No. 17                                                                                                             August 21, 2019

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Alicia Byrd, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor 
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

UAMS College of Medicine

Dr. Byrd's research focuses on the enzymes that regulate the DNA damage response, in particular, a family of enzymes called helicases that remove secondary structures from DNA. These proteins have critical roles in DNA repair and loss of activity results in genomic instability and predisposition to many types of cancer. Read more>
Arkansas Cancer Coalition Mini Grant RFA Open
The Arkansas Cancer Coalition (ACC) works to strengthen the cancer control network as well as implement the goals and strategies of the state’s only comprehensive cancer plan—the Arkansas Cancer Plan. ACC will award community grants to ACC Partners who
work to implement evidence-based and promising practices of proven cancer control strategies in communities that advance specific goals, objectives, and strategies of the Arkansas Cancer Plan (ACP). 

Special consideration is given to organizations working in the 10 red counties listed in the Arkansas Department of Health 2015 red county report and in the southeast and southwest public health regions of the state. 

ACC will administer mini grants, in amounts of $3,500 to $5,500, for the fiscal period of Oct. 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020.

The application deadline is Sept. 16, 2019. ACC will fund the following Arkansas Cancer Plan Activities: 

•    ACP Cancer Control Mini Grants: This grant provides financial support ranging from $3,500-$5,500 for projects focused on implementing strategies from all chapters of the Arkansas Cancer Plan. 
•    ACP Cancer Transportation Grants: This grant provides financial support of $3,500 for projects focused on funding transportation assistance to cancer patients. 
•    ACP Tobacco Control Mini Grants: This grant provides financial assistance ranging from $3,500-$5,500 to fund local implementation of tobacco prevention in rural areas. 
Honors and Achievements
Robert Eoff, Ph.D., has received a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue his work on DNA damage, cell replication and its implications for diseases like dementia, ALS and cancer.
Brian Walker, Ph.D., has received a $542,486, three-year grant from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to look at changes in the DNA sequence that affect the development and advancement of multiple myeloma.
Samuel G. Mackintosh, Ph.D., was awarded an NIH S10 High-End Instrumentation Award totaling $763,971 to fund the purchase of a mass spectrometer.
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