Faculty, Department of Anatomy, UAMS


In the Department of Anatomy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

The Faculty and their research:

The main, but not exclusive, research efforts of the Department involve solving clinically relevant problems within the field of neuroscience. A wide variety of techniques are used on several broad-based research projects whose main emphasis is directed towards understanding the nervous system. Investigations are currently underway to reveal the fundamental concepts associated with the normal development of the neurons, the various neuronal supportive cells (glia), and cell surface receptors within the vertebrate nervous system. Experiments include morphological and electrophysiological changes which occur during development and injury.

Anatomy Faculty and Their Research Interests

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Dr. Childs Gwen V. Childs, Ph.D., Chair
Research Interest: Regulation of specific anterior pituitary cells by neuroendocrine peptides and growth factors.

Dr. Benes Helen Benes, Ph.D.
Research interest: Insect models for studies of development and aging; sex-specific gene activity in larval mosquitoes; role of glutathione S-transferases in preventing oxidative damage.

Dr. Barger Steven W. Barger, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Neuronal death caused by pathological insults (especially excitotoxicity) and the protection against these insults afforded by changes in gene expression.
Dr. Burns E. Robert Burns, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Experimental oncology, cell kinetics, chronochemotherapy.

Dr. Cave M. Donald Cave, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Development of diagnostic molecular probes for microbial pathogens.

Dr. Chang Jason Y. Chang, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Neuronal programmed cell death, neurotoxicity of cholesterol oxides.
Dr. Charlesworth Amanda Charlesworth, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms that regulate mRNA translation in early development.

Dr. Davies David L. Davies, Ph.D.
Research Interest: The pathogenesis of brain damage following exposure to ethanol.

Dr. Drew Paul D. Drew, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Neuroimmunolgy; Regulation of Gene Expression; Cytokine Signalling; Inflammation (Multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease); Cancer Biology

Dr. Garcia-Rill Edgar Garcia-Rill, Ph.D.
Disorders of the reticular activating system; restitution of locomotor function after spinal cord injury.
Dr. GilmoreShirley Ann Gilmore, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Spinal cord development and maturation; regeneration and repair in the spinal cord
Dr. Griffin W. Sue T. Griffin, Ph.D.

Dr. Houlé John D. Houlé, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Structure and functional repair of the injured spinal cord

Dr. Hubert; Walter G. Hubert, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Pathogenesis of oncogenic human papillomaviruses, regulation of viral replication

Dr. Kane Cynthia J.M. Kane, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Peptide growth factor regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation in the nervous system during normal development, upon injury, or in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dr. Kielian Tammy L. Kielian, Ph.D.
Research Interest: The study of the pathogenesis and immune responses elicited by Staphylococcus aureus in the central nervous system (CNS) and the role of macrophages in the establishment and persistence of gliomas.

Dr. MacNicol Angus M. MacNicol, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Signal transduction, vertebrate development, cancer biology, mRNA translation, neuronal differentiation and function.

Dr. Mendelson Bruce Mendelson, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Disorders of the neuromuscular system. Restoration of function following central or peripheral nervous system pathology.

Dr. Mrak Robert E. Mrak, Ph.D., M.D.
Research Interest: Neuropathology and neurochemistry.

Dr. Newton Bruce W. Newton, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Hormone and target regulation of sexually dimorphic spinal nuclei, development of spinal autonomic nervous system.

Dr. Phelan Kevin Phelan, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Regulation of Synaptic Transmission and Neuronal-Glial Interactions

Dr. Sanderson Ralph D. Sanderson, Ph.D.
Research interest: Cell surface receptors for extracellular matrix; molecular structure, function and role of proteoglycans in tumor metastisis.

Dr. Sims Terry Sims, Ph.D.
Research interest: Development of the nervous system; regeneration following injury to the central nervous system; aging ofthe central nervous system.

Dr. Skinner Robert D. Skinner, Ph.D.
Research interest: Locomotion pattern generators in the spinal cord; midlatency auditory evoked potential and restoring the inhibition of this potential preventing the development of post-traumatic stress disorder following a traumatic event.
Dr. Tank Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D.
Research Interest: Pattern formation during limb development and regeneration.

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