Mission & Goals

The mission of the Division of Radiation Health is to advance and disseminate knowledge about the effects of ionizing radiation on normal (non-cancer) tissues in the context of radiation therapy, accidental radiation exposure, and exposure to radiation during manned missions in deep space.

To support this mission, the main goals of the Division are:

  1. To conduct basic mechanistic, preclinical, and translational research focused on determining the underlying mechanism responsible for acute and long term effects of radiation on normal tissues and developing medical countermeasures against such effects.
  2. To provide professional, graduate, and post-graduate education and training in areas related to the effects of radiation on normal tissues.
  3. To be a source of expertise and assistance to UAMS, the general public, state and federal agencies, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and others on matters of research and knowledge in the field of radiation health issues.
  4. To facilitate collaborative partnerships between UAMS and other academic institutions, state and government agencies, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and others to promote advances in this area of research.