March 12, 2018

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Quarterly blood drive, Grand Rounds presentations top week's events

Several interesting events are scheduled for the upcoming weeks at the Medical Center.

Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13; Friday, March 23

Blood drive offers opportunity to replenish what UMMC uses

Medical Center faculty, staff and students can help replenish the blood supply that UMMC uses during the Mississippi Blood Services' quarterly blood drive March 12-13 and 23.

The institution's Standing Committee on Blood Donations is challenging donors to replenish 50 units during each day of the drive. On average, the Medical Center uses 50-150 units of blood each day.

The Mississippi Blood Services mobile unit will be set up from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, March 12-13, at the School of Nursing building and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, March 23, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

All donors will receive a green St. Patrick's Day T-shirt. 


Tuesday, March 13

UAB biologist to open anatomy educators’ GATE

Dr. William Brooks, associate professor of cell, development and integrative biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will give the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Opening the GATE to Continuing Education for Anatomy Educators" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, in classroom 3A (room 318 on the North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.  

Wednesday, March 14

Case Western faculty to review meaningful MS advances

Dr. Alissa Willis, assistant professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, will give the Neuroscience Grand Rounds presentation, “Multiple Sclerosis in 2018: Meaningful Advances and Priorities for the Future,” from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in the Bank Plus Conference Center on the second-floor atrium mall of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

For more information, call Robin French at 4-5705 or email her at

Florida science officer to weigh in on adipose tissue regs

Dr. Steven R. Smith, a professor at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona, chief scientific officer/senior vice president at Florida Hospital, and scientific director at the Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism, Orlando, Florida, will present “Epigenetic Regulation of Adipose Tissue” at noon on Wednesday, March 14, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. The seminar is sponsored by the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research; the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research; and the Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center. For more information, call Catherine Kaime at 5-0817 or email her at

Otago physiologist to cover ovulation neural circuit control

Dr. Richard Piet of the University of Otago School of Biomedical Science, Department of Physiology, Centre for Neuroendocrinology, and UMMC Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences faculty candidate, will present “Regulation of the Neural Circuit Controlling Ovulation” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, in classroom 4A (North Wing Room 413).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited.  

Friday, March 16

Psychiatry instructor to relate uncertainty, substance use

Dr. Sally Huskinson, instructor in psychiatry, will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, “Uncertainty as a Major Factor Underlying Substance Use Disorder,” at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 16, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.


Monday, March 26

Wisconsin physiologist to uncover salt sensitivity pathways

Dr. Allen W. Cowley Jr., chair and James J. Smith and Catherine Welsch Smith Professor of Physiology and Harry and Gertrude Hack Term Professor of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, will present “Renal H2O2 and Related Pathways Leading to BP Salt Sensitivity” at noon on Monday, March 26, in room 6A.


Wednesday, March 28

Panel discussion to focus on palliative care

Dr. J. K. Mansel, professor of medicine (pulmonary and critical and palliative care), Dr. Lisa Didion, associate professor of pediatrics (Office of Patient Experience), Dr. Sharon Douglas, professor of medicine and associate dean for VA education, and Linda McComb, hospital chaplain, will participate in “Palliative Care: Not Just the End, but Also the Beginning – A Panel Discussion on Matters of Faith and Family Conversations” at noon on Wednesday, March 28, in room SM-122 in the new School of Medicine academic building.

The discussion is sponsored by the UMMC Faith Forum in conjunction with InclUsive Conversations through the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Lunch will be available to the first 50 in attendance. 


Tuesday, April 3

Vice chancellor to discuss gender equity, health care

Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, will present “Bridging the Gap: Gender Equity in Health Care and Administration” at noon on Tuesday, April 3, in classroom SM-122, the M1 lecture hall in the new School of Medicine education building.

The presentation is sponsored by the Associated Student Body and the Group on Women in Medicine and Science. Lunch will be available to the first 75 attendees. For more information, email Edgar Meyer at


Thursday, April 12

Cancer Institute director to host pair of overviews

Dr. John Ruckdeschel, UMMC Cancer Institute director, will host a pair of quarterly Cancer Institute Director’s meetings on Thursday, April 12.

The first meeting will take place from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing and the second will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in room MK1109 at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

All Medical Center and University of Mississippi employees who work with cancer patients or who conduct cancer research are invited. The meetings will include an overview of UMMC Cancer Institute objectives, an update on progress toward those objectives and a question-and-answer session.

Refreshments will be available. 


Friday, April 13

Accountable Health founder to connect SpaceX, moon shots, diabetes

Fred Goldstein, founder and president of Accountable Health LLC, will give the Distinguished Population Health Lecture, “SpaceX, Moon Shots and Diabetes in Mississippi,” at noon on Friday, April 13, in room 1B of the School of Health Related Professions.

Lunch will be available to the first 50 in attendance.