April 12, 2018

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Food for Thought meal, population health lecture top week's docket

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

Thursday, April 12

Cancer Institute director to host overview


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

The meeting 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 meeting 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. For more information, call Susan Roberts at 5-6802 or email her at scroberts@umc.edu.


CAY to serve up autism Food for Thought

The Center for Advancement of Youth and the Junior League of Jackson will host a “Food for Thought” presentation, “Autism (ASD): The Who, What, When, Where, How and Whys of Autism Spectrum Disorder,” on Thursday, April 12, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

foodforthoughtcay.pngChild development experts from the CAY will answer questions during the free event. All members of the community are invited. Dinner will be available on a first-come basis. Child care will be available for ages 3-10.

Registration and dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. with the program to follow at 6:45. For more information, visit umc.edu/answers, call Sara Hart Fellows at (601) 209-5504 or email her at sfellows@umc.edu.


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. For more information, call Sondra Redmont at 4-2705 or email her at sredmont@umc.edu.


Monday, April 16

Biologist to concentrate talk on biophysics


Dr. John J. "Jack" Correia, professor of cell and molecular biology, will give the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology presentation, "High Concentration Biophysics," at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in classroom 3A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Cherese Kelly at 4-1851.  


Monday, April 16/Tuesday, April 24

MEW to host Poor People’s Campaign anniversary events


The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities will mark the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign with a panel discussion and viewing of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, “’The Line’ Poverty in America: It’s Not What You Think,” from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union, and a presentation on the economics of poverty from 11 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, April 24, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

The April 16 panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Louwanda Evans, an assistant professor at Millsaps College, and will include William Bynum, CEO of the Hope Enterprise Corporation, and Dr. Corey Wiggins, executive director of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP. The April 24 presentation by Dr. Ed Sivak, executive vice president of communications and policy at the Hope Enterprise Corporation, is on “The Economics of Poverty: Where Do We Go From Here?”

For more information about either event, call Robria Horton-Daniels at 5-9016 or email her at rldaniels@umc.edu.


Tuesday, April 17

Oregon scientist to talk pubertal development regulators


Dr. Alejandro Lomniczi of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University, and faculty candidate in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, will present "Epigenetic Regulators of Pubertal Development" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in classroom 3A (North Wing Room 318).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Joslyn Downey at 4-5512.


Wednesday, April 18

Physiology faculty, fellow, grad assistants to experiment with talks

anatomy_biophysics_icon.jpgAn instructor, a postdoctoral research fellow and two graduate assistants in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics will present Experimental Biology 2018 Practice Talks from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Dr. John Clemmer, instructor in physiology, will present "Reducing Disparities in the Treatment of Hypertension in African-Americans Using Computational Modeling;" Dr. Jeremy Duncan, postdoctoral research fellow, will present "TNFa Impairs Cerebral Blood Flow Autoregulation in Pregnant Rats;" Gwen Davis, graduate assistant, will present "Chronic 17Beta-Estradiol Supplementation Reduces Blood Pressure and Alters Renal Estrogen Receptor Expression in Female Growth-restricted Rats in Later Life;" and Adrian Eddy, graduate assistant, will present "A Novel Anti-inflammatory Agent for the Management of Preeclampsia."

For more information about the practice talks, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

UT professor to give practical guide to posters


Dr. Karen Szauter, professor of internal medicine and assistant dean of educational affairs at the University of Texas Medical Branch, will present "Preparing Poster Presentations: A Practical Guide" from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in classroom 5A (North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lashanda Phillips at 4-1640.  


Friday, April 20

Blood drive offers opportunity to replenish what UMMC uses

bloodservices.pngMedical Center faculty, staff and students can help replenish the blood supply that UMMC uses during the Mississippi Blood Services' quarterly blood drive Friday, April 20.

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 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Grants Ferry. All donors will receive a T-shirt. For more information about the drive, email Tammy Bouchillon at tbouchillon@msblood.com.


Wednesday, April 24

Anatomical donors to be honored at Ceremony of Thanksgiving

organ_donor.jpgAnatomical donors – individuals who gave their bodies to the Medical Center for health professional education and research – will be honored at the annual Ceremony of Thanksgiving scheduled for noon on Wednesday, April 25, in the UMMC Cemetery. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Shuttle service to the cemetery for students and staff will be provided in front of the School of Health Related Professions. For more information, email lhodge@umc.edu.

Chief nursing officer to host coffee talk discussion


Dr. Michelle Welander, chief nursing and clinical services officer, will give the 100-day Workout team IMPACT’s “Coffee Talk” presentation from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in room WC116A (Perioperative Conference Room).
Only eight people will be selected to participate. To be included in the random drawing for participants, email Shayne Boackle at eboackle@umc.edu.

Friday, April 27

East Carolina public health chair to give Edelman Lecture


Dr. Ronny A. Bell, professor and chair of public health at East Carolina University, will give the fourth annual Marian Wright Edelman Distinguished Lecture Series presentation, "The Emerging Threat of Type 2 Diabetes in Youth," from 1-2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The presentation is sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. For more information, call Robria Horton-Daniels at 5-9016 or email her at rldaniels@umc.edu


Tuesday, May 1

Chancellor, vice chancellor to speak at faculty meeting


Dr. Jeffrey Vitter, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the spring faculty meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 1, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre). A WebEx link will be available to those unable to attend.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at drsingleton@umc.edu.​


Friday, May 4

Pair of speakers scheduled for Radiology Grand Rounds


Dr. Thomas E. Merchant, radiation oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will present “Radiation Therapy for Medulloblastoma: 20 Years of Advancement” from 8-9 a.m. and Dr. E. Mark Haacke, director of the MR Core Facility at Wayne State University, will present “Evaluating Neurodegenerative Disease Using SWI, SWIM and STAGE Imaging” from noon-1 p.m. as part of the Department of Radiology Grand Rounds on Friday, May 4, in Lecture Hall 124 of the Phil Bryant Medical Education Building.

For more information, call Cheryl Johnson at 5-3862 or email cajohnson2@umc.edu.


Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9

Northwestern surgeon to give Field Lecture, Grand Rounds


Dr. Mamta Swaroop, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, Center for Global Health, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will give the Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9.

Swaroop will present "TRUE Communities: An Evolution of Empowerment" at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the Oxford Room at the Westin Jackson at 407 South Congress Street. She will give the Field Lecture and Grand Rounds presentation, "The Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative: My Path to Academic Global Surgery," at 8 a.m. May 9 in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing. A round table session with general surgery residents moderated by Dr. Christopher Anderson, chair of the Department of Surgery, will follow the lecture.

Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, call Jodi Boyd at 4-5102 or email jboyd@umc.edu.


Wednesday, May 15

HIT Center to host innovation forum 

health_innovation.jpgThe Health Innovation and Transformation Center will host the inaugural HIT Forum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The HIT Forum is an interactive event where health innovators from UMMC and across the state will share their ideas for improving the health of Mississippians.

The forum will feature a start-up pitch competition for innovative health care solutions from anywhere in the world. The winner will receive a $25,000 investment from Plug and Play Tech Ventures, an opportunity to pilot the solution at UMMC, start-up coaching from the HIT Center, intellectual property review from the UMMC Innovation, Development and Licensing (formerly Technology Transfer) Office, and a suite in the business incubator in the Translational Research Center.

To apply for the competition, email a link to your business to Terrence Hibbert at thibbert@umc.edu.

The HIT Forum’s business plan competition is open to students and faculty from any Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning member. The winner of the business plan competition will receive $5,000, start-up coaching from the HIT Center and intellectual property review from the IDL office. Submissions are due Friday, April 27.

IHL members also are invited to submit entries for a poster session by Friday, May 4. For more information, email Terrence Hibbert at thibbert@umc.edu