LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — The UAMS Translational Research Institute has approved research pilot study awards for four researchers totaling $200,000.

These awards are granted up to $50,000 each to projects with the most likelihood of improving health or healthcare. For the first time, the institute has offered awards for pilot projects focused on implementation science.

Implementation science is the study of methods to combine research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practices in order to improve health services.

A selection committee made of internal, external, and community reviewers chose the awardees. The awardees are:

  • Pearl McElfish, Ph.D., MBA, assistant professor, internal medicine, College of Medicine; associate vice chancellor, Northwest Regional Campus; director, Office of Community Health and Research, co-director of the Center for Pacific Islander HealthPilot project: Implementation of Family Model DSME in an Underserved Marshallese Population in a Clinical Setting
  • Benjamin Teeter, Ph.D., assistant professor, pharmacy practice, College of Pharmacy, Center for Implementation ResearchPilot project: Testing Implementation Strategies to Support Community Pharmacist-Initiated Prescription and Distribution of Naloxone to Reduce Overdose by Opioids
  • Jeremy Thomas, Pharm.D., associate professor, pharmacy practice, College of PharmacyPilot project: Implementation of Clinical Pharmacy Services Delivered via Telehealth to Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers
  • Kristin Zorn, M.D., associate professor, gynecology and genetics, College of MedicinePilot project: An Implementation Strategy to Increase Appropriate Referrals for Genetic Counseling and Testing Among Patients at High Risk for Hereditary Cancer Syndromes