February 26, 2015

College of Nursing Participates with UAMS Observance of International Rare Disease Day

Nursing Research in Rare Disease Featured

The UAMS College of Nursing was well represented at a recent campus-wide UAMS research showcase of medical discoveries focusing on rare diseases.   Dr. Pamela Williams, Associate Professor in the College of Nursing’s PhD program, presented her research regarding rare disease communities at the February showcase, held on the UAMS campus in observance of Rare Disease Month. Her research team focuses on people living with rare genetic conditions and the social impact related to the conditions’ genetic etiology and rarity. The research showcase included rare disease research ongoing across disciplines, UAMS Colleges and Institutes. Rare Disease Day is an internationally observed initiative to raise awareness of the needs of persons living with rare diseases.

Rare diseases posterShown beside the poster are (left to right) Ashley Funderburg, Research Assistant to Dr. Williams; Dr. Williams; and Natalie Dumont, a junior BSN student and also Research Assistant to Dr. Williams. In addition to being featured at the UAMS research showcase, work of Dr. Williams’ rare disease research was featured on KUAR radio, the local National Public Radio affiliate, and in a panel interactive presentation through Little Rock’s Science Café program. Dr. Williams looks forward to upcoming research and student involved projects that focus on persons and communities living with rare disease.