This program creates a strong, collaborative research partnership between the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Leaders from both universities, including Dr. Stephanie Gardner, UAMS Provost and Chief Strategy Officer and chair of the Institute’s board of directors, engaged the Institute to help them find ways to strengthen current and build new research collaborations between the institutions.

Participants at the first program in 2019 identified the primary reasons UAF and UAMS need to develop a research collaborative:

  • To improve health outcomes
  • To create positive economic impact for the region
  • To make Arkansas a leader in the health care field

The Institute would like to commend the work that the researchers on both campuses, external partners, and the current leadership — Dr. Stephanie Gardner and Dan Sui, UAF Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation — have done to build this partnership. The work continues.

Past Program Sessions

We’ve hosted two sessions.

October 28, 2019

This first meeting was designed to consider how the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences envision a collaborative research partnership, examine key questions in service to creating a successful research collaboration, discover ideas, uncover barriers to success, document shared commitment between the two institutions and outline next steps moving forward.

April 13, 2020

75 researchers from both campuses gathered virtually to learn about the progress each topic group had made and to suggest next steps needed to strengthen this research collaborative.  

Contact Person

Do you have questions about how to get involved with this program? Are you from UAMS or UAF and would like to be a part of the process? Let James know!

James Hopper

Director of Programsjhopper@uawri.org(501) 727-6220