Myeloma Institute Director Gareth Morgan, M.D., Ph.D., Named ARA Scholar
Gareth Morgan, M.D., Ph.D., director of the University of Arkansas  for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, was named an Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) Scholar at a news conference today at the State Capitol.
The award includes a three-year grant worth $500,000 to help fund Morgan’s and his research team’s work discovering and developing new agents for the treatment of multiple myeloma and exploring new genomic approaches in treating multiple myeloma patients.
“The ARA Scholars program is an example of taking some resources and trying to attract or retain smart people who are on the cutting edge in their field of scientific research,” said Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe. “I think it’s important for me, legislators and those in political life to understand that research is an integral part of what we should be about. It’s paying dividends in the commercialization of research ideas. They’ve taken hold and created jobs in our state.”
The ARA Scholars Program recruits highly respected thought leaders with the goal of adding value to existing research programs through collaboration, innovation and eventually commercialization that brings jobs and businesses to Arkansas.
Rahn, Bobbitt, Faculty, Med Students Take Ice Bucket Challenge
UAMS Chancellor Dan Rahn, M.D., and University of Arkansas System President Donald Bobbitt, Ph.D., received a cold reception along with warm applause and laughter Friday as they were drenched with a mix of ice and water while taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
The Arkansas Chapter of the ALS Association sponsored the “Freezin’ for a Reason” event, organized by UAMS College of Medicine students, to raise funds for the chapter and for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research at UAMS.
ALS is a progressive neuromuscular disease of the brain and spinal cord, affecting the nerve cells that control voluntary movement. There is no cure.

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