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University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Clinical and Translational Research

Curtis L. Lowery, M.D.

Curtis Lowery, M.D., chairman of the UAMS Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, consults with a couple about their baby's ultrasound using a unique telemedicine program that is the first of its kind in the nation. Known as ANGELS (Antenatal & Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System), the award-winning network links obstetric physicians at 40 sites around the state with UAMS maternal fetal medicine specialists. (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Photo/Johnpaul Jones)

Little Rock, Arkansas

Principal Investigators
Laura P. James, M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Cornelia M. Beck, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) formed the Arkansas Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) to synergize clinical and translational research programs and revamp institutional research endeavors. CCTR unites UAMS' colleges and graduate school to establish an integrative center that transforms the pace, effectiveness and quality of translational research, resulting in better health for all Arkansans.

The goals are to educate tomorrow's physicians and scientists in collaborative translational science; develop partnerships with communities to assure that research benefits them and addresses their needs; champion innovation and collaboration in research and discovery to bring new technologies to Arkansans; and provide administrative structure that promotes productive interactions among basic science, clinical, health services and health policy researchers.

CCTR will foster the formation of a cross-disciplinary, multifaceted interface among the laboratory bench, patient bedside and broader community through an interactive network of scientists. The center will build on Arkansas' statewide telemedicine program to support community-based research efforts. UAMS is developing a new Division of Informatics to bring added value to Arkansas and represent a model program for research that extends to rural communities.

CCTR will facilitate the training of future clinical and translational investigators across health sciences and forge collaborations among researchers, community clinicians, clinical research networks, professional societies, industry and policymakers.

The ultimate goal of the Arkansas CCTR is to translate successful health care research projects directly to patient care delivery and assure that all Arkansans have access to the same state-of-the-art care — no matter where they live.

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