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Science Café public forum set for January 24

 ~News Release from UAMS~

LITTLE ROCK — Science Café Little Rock, co-sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), will hold its next public forum, Big Pharma: Boon or Bane of Modern Health Care, on Jan. 24. Panelists will discuss new drug development, paths drugs take to get federal approval, U.S. health care policy, and safety testing and regulations.

Science Café will be from 7-9 p.m. at Whole Hog Café, 12111 W. Markham St. Science Café is a relaxed opportunity for monthly exchanges with various experts. No reservations are needed, but seating is limited. Admission is free.

This month’s panel will include: Peter Crooks, Ph.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the UAMS College of Pharmacy; Ellen Jones, Ph.D., National Center for Toxicological Research, Systems Biology Division, Federal Drug Administration; and Brad Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical evaluation/policy in the UAMS College of Pharmacy. Linda Williams, Science Café director and research liaison in the UAMS Office of Research, will moderate.

Bobby Ampezzan, managing editor of Arkansas Public Media, will host the corresponding live call-in program, “Science Café Little Rock,” on National Public Radio-affiliate station KUAR FM89. The science talk show, featuring one speaker from the monthly panel of scientists and experts, is aired just prior (6:05-6:30 p.m.) to the live Science Café event. Jones is this month’s radio guest.

Science Café forums are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for July, August and December. Check out the website for more information on monthly speakers and topics at For more information on future Science Café events or to suggest topics and speakers, contact Williams at 501-686-7418. To join the listserv and receive news on monthly speakers and events, send an email with “subscribe” in the subject field to Science Café was created in partnership with UAMS, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Aristotle, KUAR-FM 89.1 and the Central Arkansas Section of the American Chemical Society.

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