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Vol. 2, No. 13                                                                                                                June 21, 2019

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Kevin Raney, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
UAMS College of Medicine
The Raney laboratory is interested in the mechanisms and functions of nucleic acid enzymes called helicases. Helicases play central roles in all aspects of DNA and RNA metabolism; therefore they are key enzymes in maintaining genomic stability. Read more>

Breast Cancer Research Proposals Due July 10
The Arkansas Breast Cancer Research Program (ABCRP) is soliciting breast cancer research proposals for FY20.

ABCRP has funded breast cancer research in Arkansas for 21 years. The program was created through the 1997 Arkansas Breast Cancer Act to support research into the cause, cure, treatment, earlier detection and prevention of breast cancer.

The ABCRP Oversight Committee oversees the allocation of ~$800,000 annually for breast cancer research. This seven-member committee is appointed by the Arkansas governor, and members represent all four congressional districts in the state and various roles within the statewide health care community. ABCRP welcomes proposals from cancer research faculty across Arkansas.

This year, similar to recent years, two funding mechanisms are available through ABCRP. The Pilot Funding Mechanism provides funding up to $75,000 for one year. The Non-Pilot Funding Mechanism is a larger grant that provides funding up to $250,000 for one year. Application details for each of these can be found in the research funding opportunity section of our website.  

The deadline for both mechanisms is 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019. If you have any questions about ABCRP, please contact ABCRP administratorJeanie Head at
Vice Chancellor Leads Workshop on Defense Department Grant Process
UAMS research faculty learned how to get a leg up on applying for funding from the U.S. Department of Defense during a recent workshop hosted by Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., the new UAMS vice chancellor for research.

Open to all research faculty, the U.S. Department of Defense grant writing crash course June 7 was scheduled in a room for 20 but moved to a larger venue when more than 50 showed up. Read more>

Honors and Achievements
A research team led by Vladimir Zharov, Ph.D., D.Sc., published  In Vivo Liquid Biopsy using Cytophone Platform for Photoacoustic Detection of Circulating Tumor Cells in Melanoma Patients” in the June 12 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Read more>

Alan Tackett, Ph.D., has received a five-year $1.75 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to identify new tumor targets in the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Read more>
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