Researchers Awarded $4.4 Million Grant for Space Radiation Health Research
A team of University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research scientists recently was awarded a three-year $4.4 million grant by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) to investigate the degenerative or long-term health effects of space radiation on cardiovascular health, as part of the newly formed Center for Space Radiation Research.
Marjan Boerma, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences in the UAMS College of Pharmacy Division of Radiation Health, will lead the research team and serve as its principal investigator.
Compared to the general population, people exposed to radiation in different scenarios on Earth have shown higher incidences of cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, ischemic heart disease and stroke. The cardiovascular system seems more sensitive to ionizing radiation than previously believed, Boerma said. Hence, the researchers will seek to determine if radiation encountered during space travel has similar negative long-term consequences for cardiovascular health. They also will look for ways to reduce the health risks from radiation exposure in space.
Donated Fountain Built in Memory of Dolores Bruce
Dolores Bruce worked for more than a decade to advance UAMS, its colleges, faculty, staff and students, and she did it all as a volunteer by her husband’s side.
Her husband, Thomas A Bruce, M.D., served as dean of the College of Medicine and the inaugural dean of the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. To honor Dolores’ memory and all she did for UAMS, Bruce donated $275,000 for a memorial fountain in front of UAMS Medical Center.
The fountain is 18 inches deep and 50 feet in diameter with a 25-foot center spray and eight 15-foot-high sprays arching toward the center, all highlighted with LED lighting.
Nearly 100 people gathered for the dedication of the fountain May 24, 2014. Kent Westbrook, M.D., professor of surgery at UAMS introduced Bruce. Bruce paid tribute to his wife and all that she had done before her death Jan. 11, 2013.