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Each mentor and mentee is required to fill out a CTN Mentoring Form every 6 months. Please download the form, fill it out and send it to the Director by November 1, and May 1 of each year. Thank you.


The CTN sponsors Peds PLACE (Pediatric Physician Learning and Cooperative Education), a weekly Pediatric Tele-educational Conference. This is the first program of its Community Based Research and Education (CoBRE) Core Facility, that uses the facilities of the Center for Distance Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital. The conferences are held every Thursday from 12:15 - 1:15 PM. The conferences will cover a different pediatric problem each week with all the connecting sites being able to interact with the speaker and with each other in real time. The conference will begin with a case presentation that illustrates the topic to be discussed. The speaker will frequently have a written guideline covering the topic discussed, which will be posted on the Web, and will use the case presentation to guide us through the most important parts of the guidelines. You can view these telemedicine broadcasts online at http://www.uams.edu/cdh1

Emergency care requires making timely decisions and providing the appropriate treatment for saving lives and preventing significant morbidity. Arkansas ranks last for its emergency care environment (Amer. Coll. Emerg. Phys. 2009). Challenges include an insufficient supply of physicians, public health concerns, and inadequacies in care (no organized trauma system), disaster preparedness, and quality initiatives. In response, we implemented an educational and research program to accompany the newly mandated statewide trauma system. The objective is to provide education and research with the goal of improved emergency care and outcomes. We established EDs PLACE, a monthly conference targeting emergency services professionals (paramedics, EMTs, nurses and doctors). Six telemedicine units were placed in hospital EDs in partnership with 9 from another program, bringing the total to 15. Five sessions have been delivered and all sites signed on. We will interview representatives from each site to determine satisfaction and solicit suggestions for relevant topics. Requests were made from Emergency Medical Service personnel for sessions on issues relevant to care en route to the ED. The goal is to form a research network of most EDs in the state, develop consensus guidelines, evaluate the newly funded trauma system, and provide a diverse population for emergency research.


September 21, 2016- CTN helps UAMS acquire Data Coordination and Operations Center (DCOC) for pediatric research on IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trial Network (ISPCTN).

March 24, 2014. Showcase at UAMS highlights CTN research.

July 23, 2015. KATV interview with CTN Director E. Garcia-Rill, PhD.

September 1, 2011. Navigating the Neurosciences Maze. Story in the College of Medicine Magazine about the Neuroscience Magnet program.

August 24, 2011. Arkansas Times story about CTN research. UAMS researchers find a surprise in the brain.

June 20, 2010: Brain Mechanism Could Be Key to New Stimulants, Anesthetics

August 20, 2009: UAMS Receives $10 Million Grant to Continue Successful Center for Translational Neuroscience

May 14, 2008: CTN funded telemedicine program places UAMS neonatologists on call for regional hospitals

December 19, 2007: CTN discovery featured in NCRR Newsletter Please read about our discovery of electrical coupling in the reticular activating system

July 19, 2007: UAMS Researchers Identify Sleep-Wake Controls with Implications for Coma Patients and Those Under Anesthesia

June 16,2006: UAMS Faculty Member Receives Award for Smell Research

May 15, 2005: UAMS Enlists Arkansas Company to Build, Market New Bicycle Exercise Trainer for Spine Injury Patients


Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Erica Beecher-Monas, JD, LLD, JSD, Professor of Law
Wayne State University School of Law, Detroit, MI
"Square peg, round hole: an interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience evidence"

Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
Istvan Katona, PhD, Professor of Developmental Neurobiology
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
"Cell type-specific superresolution imaging of synaptic cannabinoid signaling"

Tuesday, December 3, 2015
Jeffrey Burns, MD, MS, Professor of Neurology
University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
"Is Alzheimer's a systemic disease?"

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Carlos H. Schenck, MD, Professor of Psychiatry
University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
"Insights from the abnormal release of instinctual behaviors during sleep"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Paolo Mazzone, MD, Head of the Operative Unit for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery AUSL - RMC, "A ALESINI CTO" Hospital, Roma
"Deep brain stimulation of the pedunculopontine tegmental nucleus (PPTg) in movement disorders: a new target or new concepts ?"

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Thomas S. Kilduff, PhD, Director, Center for Neuroscience, Stanford Research Institute, Stanford University, Menlo Park, CA
"Cortical nNOS neurons as critical elements in sleep homeostasis"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Hynek Wichterle, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology & Cell Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY
"ALS in a dish: from stem cell programming to disease modeling"

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
J. Scott Richards, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alabama Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
"Spinal Cord Injury: outcomes from the bedside as we await the bench"

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
M. Joycelyn Elders, MD, U.S. Surgeon General, Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
"Disparities in health care"

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Veronica Bisagno, PhD, Research Scientist, INIFA-CONICET, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
"Neuroprotective role of modafinil against methamphetamine toxicity"

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Frank Andrasik, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
"Nonpharmacological Treatment for Migraines: Efficacy and Beyond"

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Lumy Sawaki, MD, PhD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
"Neuroplasticity: forthcoming strategies for clinical translation"

Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Francisco J. Urbano, PhD, Research Scientist, CONICET,, Instituto de Fisiologia, Biologia, y Neurociencias, University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
"T-type calcium channels play a key role in GABAergic thalamocortical alterations and hyperlocomotion mediated by repetitive cocaine administration"

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Atom Sarkar, MD, PhD, Director, Neurological Nanomedicine, Associate Director, Functional Neurosurgery, The Ohio StateUniversity, Columbus, OH
"The Promise of Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine"

Tuesday April 20, 2010

John R Hughes, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology , University of Vermont College of Medicine, Vermont.
"Biological and Environmental Influences on the Onset and Persistence of Nicotine Dependence"

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thomas Kosten MD, Waggoner Chair & Professor of Psychiatry, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine
"Clinical Translational Research Anti-addiction Medications"

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Luis De Lecea, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stanford University
"Optogenetic control of arousal and reward"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Helen A. Baghdoyan, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, University of Michigan, School of Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI
"Sleep, Anesthesia, & Mental Health: Mechanistic Insights from Neuropharmacological and Neurochemical Studies"

Tuesday, March 31, 2009
James P. Marcin, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of California Davis
"Pediatric Telemedicine and its Applications in the ED and ICU"
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
G. William Rebeck, PhD, Department of Neurobiology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
"Synaptic Function of Alzheimer's Proteins APP and ApoE"

Thursday, January 29, 2009
Paul Ford, PhD, Clinical Bioethicist, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
"Innovating the Brain: Ethics of Neuro-technology"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Donald J. Woodward, PhD, President and Director, Neuroscience Research Institute of North Carolina, Winston Salem, NC
"Evolution of Enabling Technology for Multineuron Recording: Impact on Studies of Brain and Behavior"

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Subimal Datta, PhD, Professor and Director, Laboratory of Sleep and Cognitive Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
"Sleep: Learning and Memory"

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Edward Dudek, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
"Progressive development of spontaneous seizures in experimental epilepsy"

Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Major General Bill Lefler, DDS, FACP, US Army (Ret.), Hot Springs, AR,
"The history, progress and future impact of the Tobacco Settlement in Arkansas"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Mark Hallett, MD, Chief, Human Motor Control Section, National Institute for neurological Disorders, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
"Pathophysiology of Focal Dystonia and Implications for Treatment"

Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Carlos H. Schenck, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"Parasomnias: REM sleep behavior disorder and Parkinsonism, and Zolpidem-Induced Sleep Related Eating Disorder"

Tuesday, April 24, 2007
David F. Dinges, Ph.D., Professor and Chief, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Director, Unit for Experimental Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
"Optimizing Neurobehavioral Performance through Biology and Technology"

Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Scott R. Whittemore, Ph.D., Henry D. Garretson Endowed Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery, Scientific Director, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center,
University of Louisville, Louisville KY.
"The realities and possibilities of stem cell grafting for CNS repair"

Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Irving E. Vega, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR.
"Tau-associated proteins: questioning an unusual suspect in neurodegeneration"

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Robert Greene, MD, PhD, Sherry Knopf Crasilneck Distinguished Chair in Psychiatry, Vice chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas
"Mediation of the homeostatic sleep response by the adenosine A1 receptor"

Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Barry W. Connors, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
"Eclectic electric synapses in the mammalian brain"

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Floyd J. Thompson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, Florida
"Neurobiology and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury-induced Spasticity"

Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Robert P. Yezierski, Ph.D., Director, Comprehensive Center for Pain Research, Professor of Orthodontics, Neuroscience and Anesthesiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
"The Injured Spinal Cord: A Model of Central Pain"

Tuesday, May 3, 2005
Prof. Robert McCarley, MD, Head, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University And VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA
"Adenosine, sleep and sleep pathology"

Tuesday, April 5, 2005
Prof. Donald Humphrey, PhD, Departments of Physiology and Neurology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
"Long-term, Progressive Changes in Voluntary Activation of Motor Areas in the Human Brain After Spinal Cord Injury"

Thursday, January 20, 2005
Prof. Merlin W. Donald, PHD, FRSC, Dept. Psychology, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
"Cognitive Prehistory: A Darwinian Perspective on Memory and Consciousness"

Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Prof. Shigemi Mori, MD, PHD, National Institute for
Physiologicel Sciences, Okazaki, Japan
"Cerebral Control of Upright Posture and Bipedal Walking in the Japanese Monkey, M. Fuscata"