Sept. 20, 2018

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Faculty development presentation, JHS Grand Rounds on deck this week

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


Thursday-Friday, Sept. 20-21

UMMC quarterly blood drive concludes

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Medical Center's quarterly blood drive originally scheduled for Thursday Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 has been canceled effective noon Thursday.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Thursday, Sept. 20

Faculty development presentation to focus on leadership


The Office of Faculty Affairs will host a faculty development presentation on leadership from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in classroom S123.

Scheduled to speak during the presentation are Dr. Drazen Raucher, professor of cell and molecular biology; Dr. Michael Ryan, professor of physiology and biophysics; Dr. Demondes Haynes, professor of medicine; and Dr. Zeb Henson, associate professor of medicine.

Lunch will be available to the first 30 in attendance. For more information, call Kristi Cofer at 4-5003 or email her at


Pathology professor to discuss brain receptors, tobacco cessation


Dr. Xiu Liu, professor of pathology, will give the School of Medicine seminar, "Role of Brain Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in Tobacco Addiction and Its Implications for Smoking Cessation Medication Development," from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Robin Suggs at 4-1540.  


Friday, Sept. 21

Johns Hopkins faculty to investigate Reefer Madness


Dr. Ryan Vandrey, an associate professor in the Behavioral Pharmacology Research Unit at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, "Reefer Madness: The Highs and Lows of Current Cannabis Science and Policy," at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

UMMC faculty and staff are invited and must swipe their valid UMMC badges for continuing education credit. For more information, call Vandria Gaskin at 5-5588.


Jackson Heart Study leaders to host Grand Rounds


Several Jackson Heart Study leaders, including Dr. Adolfo Correa, director and principal Investigator of the JHS Coordinating Center; Dr. Bettina Beech, principal Investigator of the Graduate Training and Education Center; Dr. Mario Sims, chief science officer for the JHS; and Dr. Karen Winters, associate director of the JHS Field Center; along with representatives from JHS partners Tougaloo College and Jacson State University and the Mississippi State Department of Health, are scheduled to speak at the JHS Grand Rounds presentation at noon on Friday, Sept. 21, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

The presentation will include an overview of the JHS Centers’ objectives, plans and opportunities for collaboration. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Crystal Butler-Williams at 5-5773 or email her at


Monday, Sept. 24

Neurology instructor to compare preeclampsia outcomes


Dr. Omar Logue, instructor in neurology, will give the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology presentation, "Preeclampsia: Therapeutic Development and Neurological Outcomes," at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, in classroom N318 (3A).

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

Monday-Friday, Sept. 24-28

Make a difference: Give back to UMMC and get MAD for MS

EG_logo_2018.jpgThe Medical Center's 2018 Employee Giving Campaign, "Making a Difference: MAD for Mississippi," will take place Monday-Friday, Sept. 24-28, at various locations throughout the main UMMC campus.

Scheduled events include "Massage Monday," "Treat Yourself Tuesday," "Wellness Wednesday," "Tech Thursday," and "Food Truck Friday." Employees who donate $50 or $2 per pay period will receive a MAD for Mississippi T-shirt. Donations can be made online at

For complete information about the Employee Giving Campaign events, email Rachel Browning at


Tuesday, Sept. 25

Dermatology faculty to show how to spot skin cancer


Dr. Ashley N. Emerson, assistant professor of dermatology, will present the "Brown Bag Lunch" lecture, "Skin Cancer: Can You Spot a Killer?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in the University Hospital large conference room.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Allie Malone at 5-8000 or email her at


Pennington professor to connect liver, brain, dietary restriction


Dr. Christopher Morrison, professor and associate director in the Neurosignaling Laboratory at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will give the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "FGF21: A Liver to Brain Signal Essential for Sensing Dietary Protein Restriction," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in classroom 3A (room N318 on the North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Karneilla McGee at 5-3706 or email her at

Sleep, wellness experts to uncover body's secret weapon

Portrait of Mohammad Ullah

Dr. M. I. Ullah, associate professor of medicine and director of UMMC's Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, and Claude Courtney, onsite wellness coach for ActiveHealth Management, will give the Everyday Wellness presentation, "Sleep: Your Body's Secret Weapon," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

Attendees may join the 21-Day Sounder Sleep Challenge and be eligible for a drawing upon completion. For more information, email Brea Cole at

Wednesday, Sept. 26

Montefiore faculty to assess pediatric sickle cell pain


Dr. Veronica Carullo, associate professor of anesthesiology and pediatrics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Roslyn, New York, will present Anesthesia Grand Rounds, "Pediatric Sickle Cell Pain: Beyond the Crisis," from 6:30-7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in room LH122 of the medical education building.

For more information, call Tammy Holliman at 4-5931 or email her at


Seven deans to deliver interprofessional education message


Deans from all seven schools at UMMC will present the Associate Student Body seminar, "You Are Not an Island: A Message from the Deans," at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the student union's second-floor conference center.

The deans will discuss their experiences with interprofessional education. Lunch will be available to the first 75 in attendance. For more information, email Emily Dixon at

OT specialist to discuss workspace, ergonomic health

Penny Rogers, associate professor of occupational therapy in the School of Health Related Professions, will give the Everyday Wellness presentation, "When Your Workspace Fits, Your Day Goes Better," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 30 in attendance. The event will include a free ergonomic assessment of attendees' workspaces. The presentation will be available by WebEx. For more information, email Taylor Fishel at  


Thursday, Sept. 27

Arkansas concussion expert to discuss research, service


Dr. R. J. Elbin, assistant professor and director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research, Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation at the University of Arkansas, will give the UMMC Neuro Institute and the John D, Bower School of Population Health presentation, "Improving Clinical Care for Sport- and Recreation-related Concussion in Youth: Wrapping Research in a Service Package," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in lecture hall 122 in the medical education building.

Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance. For more information, email Vicki Gholar at


Arkansas faculty members to explore telehealth for infants


Dr. Richard Whit Hall, professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Aliza Brown, assistant professor of neurology/radiology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will give the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center Grand Rounds presentation, "Telehealth for Infants: Narrowing the Rural-Urban Gap Through Research," at noon on Thursday, Sept. 27in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Catherine Kaime at 5-0817 or email her at

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Chancellor, vice chancellor to speak at faculty meeting

Vitter  Woodward
Vitter and Woodward

Dr. Jeffrey Vitter, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation will include an update on the University and Medical Center for the next fiscal year and recognition of faculty with 20 years of service. Full-time faculty with 20 years of continuous service to UMMC should contact Dorothy Singleton by Saturday, Sept. 1.

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

Tuesday, Oct. 23

Collegiate scholars set to heat up RICE competition


Top scholars from Mississippi colleges and universities will join Medical Center students in the annual Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl, an interactive health-care competition with audience participation, at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

Sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, the RICE Bowl is an academic competition in which team members answer questions and solve a complex health-care case. Attendees will have the opportunity to sound off during the event as well.

For more information, email Felicia Caples at