Gleason Foundation Gives $100K to UAMS Programs

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The George and Linda Gleason Foundation has given $100,000 to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, split evenly between the Department of Neurology in the College of Medicine and the Psychiatric Research Institute.

The Gleasons presented the check Friday to Dr. R. Lee Archer, chair of the Department of Neurology, and Dr. G. Richard Smith, director of the Psychiatric Research Institute and chair of the Department of Psychiatry in the UAMS College of Medicine.

George Gleason is chairman and CEO of Bank OZK.

“The George and Linda Gleason Foundation is very pleased to support the UAMS Department of Neurology and the Psychiatric Research Institute in their delivering world-class care to the citizens of Arkansas,” he said in a news release.

“The men who lead these two units are exceptional physicians and outstanding human beings,” Linda Gleason said. “Dr. Lee Archer and Dr. Richard Smith are well-known for having an unparalleled commitment to personal care and concern for their patients and their teammates.”

The money will support research efforts involving neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. It will also support work that the Psychiatric Research Institute is doing in its Center for Trauma Prevention, Research and Innovation.