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Synucleinpathies, bioinformatics and metabolic health: Upcoming events tackle various topics

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

Tuesday, March 26

UGA faculty to explain killer cells' role in synucleinpathies

Portrait of Jamise Lee

Dr. Jamise Lee, assistant director in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia, Athens, will give the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Elucidating the Role of Natural Killer Cells in Synucleinpathies," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in classroom 3A (room N318 on the North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Karneilla McGee at


JSU faculty to discuss bioinformatics, drug design, precision med

Portrait of Joe Huang

Dr. Hung-Chung "Joe" Huang, assistant professor of biology and bioinformatics manager at Jackson State University, will present the UMMC Bioinformatics Collaborative seminar, “Bioinformatics, Drug Design and Precision Medicine,” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in N318 (3A).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email



 Wednesday, March 27

SNMA, ASB to celebrate African-American medical achievement

Student National Medical Association and Associated Student Body Logos

The Student National Medical Association and the Associated Student Body will host "Beyond the 28th: Celebrating African-American Achievement in Medicine" at noon on Wednesday, March 27, in lecture hall AM-124 of the medical education building.

The event will include a documentary screening and an exhibit on the ground floor of the building.

For more information, email Jared Vaughan at or Kandice Bailey at


Transgenic Core director to uncover CV, metabolic key

Portrait of David Stec

Dr. David Stec, professor of physiology and biophysics and Transgenic Core director, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Is Serum Bilirubin the Key to Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.


Dietitian to explain how simple foods just work

Portrait of Fiona Lewis

Dr. Fiona B. Lewis, registered dietitian in the Department of Preventive Medicine, will give the Everyday Wellness presentation, "When Food's Simple, It Just Works: Eating and Cooking for Good Health," scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in classroom 4A.

For more information, email Brea Cole at 




Thursday, March 28

Vandy plastic surgery chair to offer breast reconstruction lessons

Portrait of Galen Perdikis

Dr. Galen Perdikis, professor and chair of plastic surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, will present the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Visiting Professor Lecture, "Breast Reconstruction: Data Driven Lessons," from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.


Monday-Friday, April 1-5

D.H.A. faculty to give CANN Talk on pro development

Elizabeth Franklin

Dr. Elizabeth Franklin, associate professor, Doctor of Health Administration Program, School of Health Related Professions, will present the  Condensed Academic Networking and kNowledge Talk, "So . . . The Room Was Cold and the Food Was Good . . . But Did You Learn Anything? Documenting Outcomes in Professional Development - It CANN Be Done!" from 4:30-4:50 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in room N-5A, from 7:30-7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Bebe Richardson Conference Room, and from 12:30-12:50 p.m. on Friday, April 5, in room SH198.

CANN Talks are monthly professional development seminars for UMMC faculty and staff. For more information, email Julian Gilner at


 Friday, April 5

ASU dean to give distinguished population health talk

Portrait of Deborah Helltzer

Dr. Deborah Helitzer, professor and dean of the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, will give the John D. Bower School of Population Health's 2019 Distinguished Population Health Lecture, "The Population Health Movement: From Sickness to Wellness," at noon on Friday, April 5, in lecture hall 122 of the medical education building.

Lunch will be available to the first 50 in attendance. For more information, email Dr. Natalie E. Gaughf at


Saturday, April 6

Remembrance to honor Children's Hospital patients

Lit candle with title of Service of Remembrance

The Healing and Understanding through Grief Support Committee will host its annual Service of Remembrance in memory of Batson Children’s Hospital patients who died in 2018 at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in the University Hospital chapel.

A reception will follow the service. All Medical Center employees, staff and volunteers are invited. For more information, call Doris Whitaker at 5-2112.


Thursday, April 11

Neuro Institute to host neuroscience innovation event

Neuroscience iconography

The UMMC Neuro Institute will host the first Neuroscience Research and Innovation Symposium showcasing the graduate program in neuroscience from noon-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in the Translational Research Center.

The event will include a luncheon at noon, poster abstract presentations at 1:15 p.m., neuroscience research and development talks at 2:30 p.m. and a "sweet treats" reception at 5 p.m.

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


Maryland faculty to offer Edelman lecture on justice

Portrait of Sacoby Wilson

Dr. Sacoby Wilson, associate professor at the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park, will give the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities fifth annual Marian Wright Edelman Distinguished Lecture, "Journey Home: A Native Son's Fight for Social, Environmental and Health Justice," at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, email Vikki Gholar at


Tuesday, April 16

Yale expert to tout digital learning during Research Day

Portrait of Harlan Krumholz

Dr. Harlan Krumholz, Harold H. Hines Jr. Professor of Medicine in the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at the Yale School of Medicine, will present the Thomas Barksdale Cardiovascular Memorial Lecture, "Learning at the Speed of Digital: The Next Step Toward a Learning Health System," at noon on Tuesday, April 16, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Krumholz's presentation is part of the School of Medicine's annual Research Day event, scheduled to take place from 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The event will include oral presentations, poster presentations and an awards ceremony.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Kimberlee McGuire at 


Wednesday, April 17

Pitt surgery professor to deliver annual Hardy Lecture

Portrait of Andrew Peitzman

Dr. Andrew B. Peitzman, Mark M. Ravitch Professor of Surgery and Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, will give two presentations during the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lectureship on Wednesday, April 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Peitzman will give the Grand Rounds presentation, "Bleeding Kills: Toward Zero Preventable Deaths," at 8:10 a.m. in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre) and the James D. Hardy Lecture, "Surgical Rescue: The Fifth Pillar of Acute Care Surgery," at 1 p.m. at the River Hills Club in Jackson. 

The day's events also will include a Surgical Quality Conference at 7 a.m., a welcome by Dr. Christopher D. Anderson, James D. Hardy Chair of Surgery, at 8 a.m. and resident and student presentations beginning at 9 a.m. - all in R153 - and lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the River Hills Club.

For more information about the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lectureship, call Jodi Boyd at 4-5102 or email her at


FBI agent to tackle human trafficking in ODI lecture

Portrait of Walter Henry

Walter Henry. special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations, will present the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "InclUsive Conversation," "Human Trafficking and Medical Needs of Victims," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in room CW-106 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Mandy Scott at 5-7857.


Tuesday, April 23

Interim chancellor, v.c. to speak at faculty meeting

Portrait of Larry Sparks

Larry Sparks, University of Mississippi interim chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the spring faculty meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 23, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

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



Wednesday-Monday, May 1-6

Simplifying security focus of info security exec's CANN Talk

Steve Waite

Steve Waite, executive director of information security , will present the  Condensed Academic Networking and kNowledge Talk, "Foam In, Foam Out - Simplifying Security," from 7:30-7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in the Bebe Richardson Conference Room, from 12:30-12:50 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in room SH198, and from 4:30-4:50 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room N-5A.

CANN Talks are monthly professional development seminars for UMMC faculty and staff. For more information, email Julian Gilner at

Thursday, May 16

Gurney race teams to vie for Golden Stethoscope​

The race will be on for the coveted Golden Stethoscope. In celebration of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, 26 five-person UMMC clinical, non-clinical and student teams will take part in a gurney relay race from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in front of the student union.

Gurney teams also will employ wheelchairs and crutches in their quest to win. The team to beat is the reigning racers from 2018, Smooth Operators of the Batson Children's Hospital OR.

The event will include a "celebrity" dunking booth, food trucks and music by DJ Chris Young. For more information, call 5-9159.