UAMS’ Laura James, M.D., Named Inaugural Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) Laura James, M.D., was announced today as an inaugural fellow of the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) during a news conference at the state Capitol.
The ARA Fellows program recognizes distinguished university research leaders who are already working in the state. ARA Fellows are nominated by their chancellor and receive a $75,000 grant paid over three years. James is a pediatrician, researcher and director of the UAMS Translational Research Institute. 
“Dr. James is an outstanding clinician-scientist who has an exceptionally strong track record of conducting research that spans the translational spectrum from basic to clinical in the area of acetaminophen toxicity,” said UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D.  “She is a member of a vanishing breed of academicians— ‘triple-threat’ clinician-scientists who maintain excellence in the delivery of clinical care, the conduct of research, and the transfer of knowledge to the next generation of clinicians and researchers.”
UAMS Performs First Heart-Stopping Surgery to Repair Aneurysm
Ashley Bell’s heart stopped beating while she was on the operating table. But that was exactly what her doctors intended.
She is the first patient in at UAMS and likely the entire state to undergo Adenosine induced asystole in aneurysm surgery, a method that stops the heart and blood flow to an aneurysm, making it easier to close it off.
Bell had bilateral carotid artery aneurysms, called mirror aneurysms. They were pressing on the optic nerves behind both her eyes. She first noticed a significant change in her vision in July.

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