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Dr. Jessica Snowden, has been named chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease in the College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
She succeeds Dr. José Romero, who was appointed as the state’s interim secretary of health, effective July 1. He spent 12 years leading the division, and UAMS said he will continue working there as an internationally known expert on enteroviruses and childhood immunization.
Snowden is a nationally recognized expert in pediatric infectious diseases and pediatric clinical and translational research. She is vice chair of research for the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of clinical and translational Research at Arkansas Children’s Research Institute.
Snowden serves as co-principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health-funded Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the Institutional Development Award States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. She directs clinical operations for trial implementation and professional development across a 17-state NIH-funded research group.
She also has an active, NIH-funded basic science laboratory studying the role of age on the immune responses and neurologic outcomes following infections in the brain.
Snowden serves on several national research committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Research and the Infectious Disease Society of America Research Affairs Committee.