"Nationally, it is a unique approach," said Mary Good, dean of UALR's Donaghey CyberCollege, in the statement. "The objective is to 'marry,' if you like, the computational faculty that we have with the medical research faculty that UAMS has."
The new program will emphasize four core areas -- bioinformatics, the life sciences, biostatistics, and computer and information science, the universities said.
The collaboration will include multidisciplinary PhD research committees and jointly taught bioinformatics courses, Steven Jennings, associate professor of applied science and executive director of the UALR MidSouth Bioinformatics Center, said in the statement.
Admission to the new programs will begin in spring 2005.