This program continues to pursue the primary
goals of the Arkansas IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to expand biomedical research capacity in Arkansas. Building upon
infrastructure developed during the earlier BRIN and INBRE phases, three
research-intensive, lead institutions in the state—University
of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS);
the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (UAF);
and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) - provide scientific leadership.
The focus of the Developmental Research Project Program (DRPP), directed
by Dr. Helen Beneš (UAMS), is to expand the number of faculty at
primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI) engaged in biomedical
research. The DRP Program will accomplished this by assisting PUIs with
faculty recruitments, providing research funding and supporting career
development of PUI faculty. Arkansas INBRE supported research led by PUI
faculty are conducting research in collaboration with their mentors at
the lead institutions under the overall theme of Cellular Signaling, Growth, and
The Administrative Core,
directed by Drs. Lawrence Cornett (UAMS) and Helen
Beneš, (UAMS) and Roger Koeppe, II (UAF)
provides operational support and coordinates all Arkansas INBRE activities.
Outreach Programs broaden opportunities for undergraduate student participation in
research. The accomplishments of undergraduate researchers across the
state are showcased at an annual conference attended by all PUI
faculty and students.
The Arkansas INBRE continues its commitment to
expand opportunities for underrepresented groups. The INBRE will
collaborate with the UAMS Center for Diversity Affairs, the UAF George
Washington Carver Research Program, and NIH-funded Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) Program to increase the numbers of minority students
completing graduate degrees in the biomedical sciences.
Communication among INBRE participants is facilitated by a
teleconferencing network and a Social Media Hub.
The Bioinformatics Core, a major component of the Arkansas INBRE, led by
Drs. Liz Pierce, (UALR)
and Galina Glazko (UAMS)
is a statewide research and educational resource to give undergraduate
faculty and students access to the computational tools needed for
multidisciplinary biomedical research and will continue to play a
central role in training the next generation of bioinformatisists.
The Arkansas INBRE supports a Research Technology Core,
directed by Dr. Alan
Tackett (UAMS) and Josh Sakon, (UAF) that provides PUI investigators
access to sophisticated instrumentation and technical expertise
difficult to establish at small institutions.
Through further enhancement of research
infrastructure, particularly at undergraduate institutions, the Arkansas
INBRE will continue to improve the ability of academic researchers to
compete for federal funding, increase the number of undergraduate
students who choose careers in biomedical research, and stimulate the
growth of biotechnical industries in Arkansas.