Laura P. James, MD

Director of the Translational Research Institute, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Dr. James is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and a clinical pharmacologist and toxicologist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.  She also serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research at UAMS. She directs the Translational Research Institute, which houses the institution’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). The CTSA offers clinical and translational research services for researchers at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, and the Central Arkansas Veterans Health Administration. Services and initiatives include pilot grant funding, a KL2 and TL1 program, and consultation in bioinformatics, statistics, and community engagement. Dr. James also serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network for Arkansas Children’s Research Institute. This program is dedicated to increasing the engagement of children living in rural regions of Arkansas in clinical trials. In addition, James founded Acetaminophen Toxicity Diagnostics, LLC with two other UAMS professors. This company is developing a new diagnostic assay for acetaminophen liver injury and has been funded by the small business grant program at the National Institute for Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).