Scholar Research and Accolades

ARCS Scholars and their research are where the vision and work of ARCS® Foundation are realized. The members of the Utah Chapter are proud of these two “adopted scholars” who were ARCS Scholars in Colorado and Arizona, and who now live and work in Utah.

Groundbreaking Research in Pediatric Urology

Dr. Siam Oottamasathien is a ARCS Scholar alum from the University of Colorado, where he received his MD and is currently an assistant professor of Pediatric Urology and director of Pediatric Urology Basic Science Research at the University of Utah. Dr. Oottamasathien is involved in cutting-edge research in bladder development and the use of human and synthetic cells as a potential tissue delivery source for bladder augmentation procedures. A highly published researcher and sought-after presenter, Dr. Oottamasathien has received many awards including the First Place Basic Science Prize of the American Academy of Pediatrics - Urology Section in 2006 and again in 2010.  Siam (who goes by “Si”) spoke at the Utah Chapter’s kick-off meeting, which was held at the University of Utah president’s residence. In describing what being an ARCS Scholar meant to him, Si said, “ARCS Foundation was truly significant to me because it was a strong catalyst for pursuing my basic science interests. The money and recognition were a tremendous stepping stone. I am committed to basic science research as part of my future.” Si is married to Laura Springhetti, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and a member of ARCS Foundation Utah.

Eccentric Exercise for the Elderly

Dr. Paul LaStayo, PhD, PT, is currently an associate professor in the University of  Utah Department of Physical Therapy and director of the Skeletal Muscle Exercise Research Facility. Dr. LaStayo received his MS in physical therapy at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and his PhD in biology at Northern Arizona University, where he was an ARCS Scholar. He attributes his ARCS Foundation support as the critical component that helped initiate his work. Dr. LaStayo presently leads a team of rehabilitation researchers in a suite of federally funded projects devoted to enhancing muscle function in the neediest elderly populations. Multiple publications regarding his team’s research and the development of special exercise equipment were lauded in the Journal of Gerontology: “LaStayo and colleagues have made it evident that this (eccentric) exercise can be clinically exploited to combat the epidemic levels of muscle wasting in our aging society.” Paul was the keynote speaker at ARCS Foundation Utah’s inaugural Scholar Awards Luncheon in 2010.