UAMS Researchers Receive $538,781 Grant to Study Opioid Prescribing, Dispensing
Two University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research scientists recently were awarded a three-year $538,781 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to investigate the opioid prescribing and dispensing decision making processes of primary care providers and pharmacists.
Opioids are medications that relieve pain and include drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine and codeine.
Leading the team are principal investigator Geoff Curran, Ph.D., director of the UAMS Center for Implementation Research and a professor in the UAMS College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and co-investigator Bradley Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., a professor in the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Division Head of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy.
“We are trying to fill knowledge gaps about how people make decisions regarding prescribing and dispensing opioids and the processes they follow to help them make those decisions,” Curran said.
Heard to Retire as Provost, Succeeded by Gardner
Jeanne Heard, M.D., Ph.D., provost and chief academic officer of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will retire effective June 30. She will be succeeded immediately as provost by Stephanie Gardner, Pharm.D., Ed.D., dean of the College of Pharmacy and associate provost for society and health.
“Dr. Heard has had a very distinguished career in medicine and medical education. Fortunately for UAMS, several years of her career have been spent at our institution. Jeanne’s contributions to UAMS and our mission have been so numerous that I can’t name them all here. She will definitely be missed by many, especially me,” said Dan Rahn, M.D., UAMS chancellor.
Heard first joined UAMS in 1974, beginning as a research technician while completing her Ph.D. She worked in pathology before returning to school to obtain her medical degree, followed by a residency in internal medicine at UAMS and a year of practice in the Veteran’s Affairs System. She then joined the Department of Medicine where she practiced as a general internist and led a team to develop the standardized patient program and clinical skills center.