Arkansans interested in having a voice in UAMS research programs or to learn how research is done are invited to the fall 2018 Community Scientist Academy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock.

The Community Scientist Academy began Sept. 25. Sessions will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 30 at UAMS. The program is sponsored by the UAMS Translational Research Institute, according to a news release.

“UAMS researchers conduct clinical studies and community-based studies,” according to the release. “Its clinical studies are conducted in UAMS’ hospital and clinics across the state, including at its main campus in Little Rock, Northwest Campus, eight Regional Centers, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.”

Attendance at the academy is free. Participants will meet in small roundtable discussions and other interactive sessions. They will interact with UAMS researchers and community members involved in research.

Participants will learn how researchers decide what health issues to study, the research process and the benefits of individual and community organizations’ involvement in research.

“Graduates of the Community Scientist Academy will become more knowledgeable volunteers with additional opportunities to help influence UAMS research decisions on behalf of their communities,” according to the release.

Graduates leading community organizations may also have opportunities to partner with UAMS on community-based research projects.

“The Community Scientist Academy will provide the basic knowledge to strengthen the public’s voice on research steering committees, mentoring committees, review committees, research projects, and in other leadership roles,” said Kate Stewart, M.D., M.P.H., who leads the Translational Research Institute’s Community Engagement program. “We want our fellow Arkansans to understand what we do because their input makes a big difference in our efforts to improve health.”

For details or to register, contact Nicki Spencer at or 501-526-6629.