In the News

The latest news and information for the UAMS Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging.

  • Gohar Azhar, M.D., a nationally recognized expert on cardiovascular aging research with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was recently invested  in the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics Clinical Affairs. “It is with deep humility that I accept the great honor of the Jackson T. Stephens Distinguished Chair,” Azhar said. “I…

  • LITTLE ROCK — Arny A. Ferrando, Ph.D., a leading authority on skeletal muscle protein metabolism and its relation to muscle function and performance with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested in July in the Wes Smith Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics for Longevity, Health Promotion and Frailty Prevention. There was no formal…

  • Tom and Mary Banks are professionals when it comes to family caregiving. The Little Rock couple has been caring for Mary Banks’ 101-year-old mother, Virginia Lee Pairett, for the past three years. Before that, they cared for Tom Banks’ mom until she passed away at 102 years old. The Banks lived in North Carolina for…

  • UAMS police and others are taking advantage of a free newly available online course to improve interactions when they come in contact with older Arkansans who have dementia. The course is provided by the Arkansas Geriatric Education Collaborative (AGEC) at UAMS. Laura Spradley, an outreach coordinator for AGEC, says the training allows officers to not…

  • AmyLeigh Overton-McCoy, Ph.D., APRN, a leading geriatric nursing specialist with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Jan. 16 in the Murphy Endowed Chair for Rural Aging Leadership and Policy. “This is an extreme honor and privilege, and I will really treasure this opportunity to make a difference in so many lives,”…

  • Priya Mendiratta, M.D., M.P.H., geriatrician and director for the geriatric clerkship and course for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), was invested Jan. 16 in the Alexa L. & William T. Dillard Distinguished Chair in Geriatrics. “Thank you so much for bestowing this great honor upon me and the Department…

  • LITTLE ROCK –Several computer classes for adults will be taught January-March by the Little Rock Digital Learning Center. One class will be held at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and the others at Second Presbyterian Church. The January and February classes will be at Second Presbyterian…

  • Steven Barger, Ph.D. — a researcher at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) — has entered the national spotlight for showing how the mechanism that brings sugar to the brain malfunctions in people with Alzheimer’s disease, highlighting a potential target for treatment. The study also explains why Alzheimer’s can mimic the symptoms of…