Arkansas : Biosciences Institute to hold fall research symposium Oct. 25

The Arkansas Biosciences Institute will be holding its fall research symposium Oct. 25 at the just-opened Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences.



The Arkansas Biosciences Institute, or ABI, was created following the Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act of 2000, whose funding supports its research. ABI is a partnership among scientists from Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.



The Don Tyson Center for Agricultural Sciences is located at 1371 W Altheimer Drive.



“The symposium showcases the work of ABI researchers and stimulates collaboration among the member institutions,” said Nathan McKinney, a member of the Scientific Coordinating Committee of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. McKinney is also interim director of the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.



The symposium opens at 8:30 a.m. with registration, with the program beginning at 9 a.m. The science presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. and include:


  • Dr. Colin Heyes, associate professor, Physical Chemistry, University of Arkansas – “Single Molecule Spectroscopy: To the Average and Beyond … .”
  • Dr. Walter Bottje, poultry science physiologist, U of A System Division of Agriculture – Proteogenomics of Feed Efficiency: Mitochondria and More.”
  • Dr. Xiuzhen Huang, professor of computer science, ASU – “Deep Learning Strategies for Biomedical Imaging Research.”
  • Dr. Ashley Acheson, associate professor-psychiatry, UAMS – “Family History of Substance Use Disorders and Risk: Studies on Underlying Mechanisms,”  and
  • Dr. Judy Weber, co-director of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Research Program, Arkansas Children’s Research institute – “Overview of the Center for Childhood Obesity Prevention and the Role of Interinstitutional Collaboration to Increase Impacts.”



The program will also include presentation of the Investigator of the Year Awards.  A poster presentation session for research runs from lunch until 2:45 p.m.



About the Arkansas Biosciences Institute


In accordance with the Tobacco Settlement Proceeds Act, ABI conducts:


  • Agricultural research with medical implications;
  • Bioengineering research that expands genetic knowledge and creates new potential applications in the agricultural-medical fields;
  • Tobacco-related research that identifies and applies behavioral, diagnostic, and therapeutic knowledge to address the high level of tobacco-related illnesses in Arkansas;
  • Nutritional and other research that is aimed at preventing and treating cancer, congenital and hereditary conditions, or other related conditions; and
  • Other areas of developing research that are related or complementary to primary ABI-supported programs.


University of Arkansas, By: Mary Hightower

Terry Simmons