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Wednesday April 10: Studying the Brain

Wednesday 4/10/2019: Studying the brain

1 – Effects of Space Radiation on Cognition and Brain Physiology with research scientist Dr. Antiño Allen

My name is Antiño Recio Allen  I am an Assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at UAMS. My PhD work focused on Evolutionary Biology and Neuroscience. I  have taken a very non-traditional path to my position in Academia. I will share with you my experiences of how I transition from an Officer in the United States Army to a researcher developing countermeasures that may be used for future Space Travel to Mars.

2 – Cutting-edge treatments for brain cancer with physician / research MD PhD Dr. Analiz Rodriguez

My name is Analiz Rodriguez and I am assistant professor and Director of Neurosurgical Oncology at UAMS.  I wanted to be a doctor growing up and then did independent research in high school.  I was inspired to continue doing science so ultimately combined my interests and did the MD/PhD program.  I take care of people who have brain tumors and also do research in this area.  I hope to shed light on how physicians can carry out scientific endeavors.

Monday April 1: Public Health

Monday 4/1/2019:

1 – International perspective on health care from an English physician Dr. Chris Hopkinson

Chris Hopkinson is a primary care physician with a particular interest in community health care. He is a generalist who enjoys the incredible variety found in the art and practice of medicine and takes a great interest in the social factors that shape health, wellness and access to care.  Chris trained in the U.K’s National Health Service and since moving to the US has worked with Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

2 – Infectious diseases, parasites and the immune system with research scientist Dr. Tiffany Weinkopff

Tiffany Weinkopff is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She has a Ph.D. degree in Cellular Biology with an emphasis in global health and her lab studies infectious diseases and specifically how parasites cause inflammation and disease. According to the CDC, more than 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world’s population, is suffering from one or more Neglected Tropical Diseases with many of these diseases affecting the poorest populations in the developing world. Throughout her research career, she has focused on the relationships between these parasites and their hosts. Using a variety of parasitic diseases including lymphatic filariasis and leishmaniasis, she has examined multiple facets of host-pathogen interactions from the insect vector to the pre-clinical mouse model to the human.​

Wednesday March 27th: Ovarian Cancer

Wednesday 3/27/2019: Ovarian cancer:

1 – Viruses that are used to treat ovarian cancer with research scientist Dr. Jia Liu

My name is Dr. Jia Liu. I am an Assistant Professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). I have a Ph.D. degree in Genetics in Biomedical Sciences; I am a virologist studying how viruses evade host defense systems. I will tell you about how we repurpose viruses to fight ovarian cancer. I have an amazing group of people joining me for the discussion: Bernice Nounoma, B.S., who is a graduate student in our Ph.D. program, and Richard Connor, B.S., who will obtain his Ph.D. from UA Little Rock soon and currently works as a researcher in my lab. 

2 – Surviving ovarian cancer: hear the story from diagnosis to survival with former patient Stephanie Carper

Ms. Stephanie Carper, who is a survivor of ovarian cancer, has generously offered to come speak about her journey. She will share her experiences in diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship of ovarian cancer. Her perspective will allow you to see ways that you can contribute to medicine from the clinical and basic research fields that you may not have been aware of.