ACH-UAMS Research Program

Thomas Badger, Ph.D. was recruited by Dr. Robert Fiser in 1986. At that time the primary research facility used by DOP faculty included an outdated lab at Ft. Roots in North Little Rock, and a research lab established by Dr. Donald Hill on the ACH campus. Dr. Badger’s responsibility as Director of Research at ACH was to implement Dr. Fiser’s vision of enhancing NIH funding and the establishment on the ACH campus of a research institute and a National Human Nutrition Research Center focused on children. Dr. Badger recalled frequent visits with Dr. Fiser and Mr. Charles Whiteside and Ann Hickman, two senior ACH board members, as well as with Mrs. Hillary Clinton, as they sought support for the research institute. The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) was housed in the old Baptist Hospital, which became ACH South Campus and opened in 1992 after extensive renovation. Dr. Badger received funding for two new NIH grants, and in 1994 Dr. Tom Wells received NIH funding for the Pediatrics Pharmacology Research Unit. Planning for the children’s nutrition research center continued, and in 1994 the Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center was funded by the USDA