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WIP talks, health disparities presentation highlight Commencement Week agenda

Published on Monday, May 20, 2019

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


Monday, May 20

UMMC biologists to give WIP talks, Q and A

​Two members of the UMMC Department of Cell and Molecular Biology faculty will give "Work in Progress Talks" followed by question-and-answer sessions at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 20, in classroom 3A.

Dr. Michael Hebert, professor of cell and molecular biology, will present "Novel Regulatory Mechanisms That Govern RNA Modifications and miRNA Biogenesis" and Dr. Omar Logue, assistant professor of cell and molecular biology, will present "Maternal Administration of Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): Optimizing Bioavailability to the Offspring Brain."

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

Wednesday, May 22

Geffen professor to note good, bad, ugly red blood cells​

Dr. Jonathan S. Jahr, professor emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, will give the UMMC Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds presentation, "Red Blood Cells: Good, Bad, Ugly and Solutions," from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in room LH122 of the medical education building.

For more information, email Cathy Braboy at


MEW club to discuss substance abuse treatment barriers

Dr. Kevin Freeman, associate professor and director of the Office of Medical Student and Resident Research in the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club meeting, “Understanding Barriers to Specialty Substance Abuse Treatment among Latinos,” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in conference room D on the second floor of the student union.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The session is sponsored by the Myrlie Evers Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at


UM biomolecular faculty to talk cancer stem cell drug response

Dr. Pier Paolo Claudio, professor of biomolecular sciences at the University of Mississippi and research professor at the National Center for Natural Products Research, will give the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute Grand Rounds presentation, “ChemoID – Cancer Stem Cell Drug Response Assay to Personalize Cancer Management and Discover New Anticancer Drugs,” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in CW 106.

For more information, email Susan Roberts at


SOM faculty to discuss liver ischemia, reperfusion injury

​Dr. Frank Spradley, assistant professor of medicine and director of basic science research in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Sex Differences in Live Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

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


St. Jude deacon to discuss profoundly empty tomb

Dr. John McGregor, St. Jude Catholic Church deacon, will give the UMMC Faith Forum, Center for Bioethics in Medical Humanities and Office of Diversity and Inclusion-sponsored seminar, "The Profoundly Empty Tomb," about the Easter and Pentecost seasons, at noon on Wednesday, May 22, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available to the first 35 in attendance. For more information, email Edgar Meyer at

Tuesday, May 28

SGSHS graduating student to explain Good Friday science

Edgar Meyer, Clinical Anatomy Program graduating student in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, will give the Catholic Students Association talk, "Anatomy of the Crucifixion: The Science Behind Good Friday," at noon on Tuesday, May 28, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available to the first 50 in attendance. For more information, email

Wednesday, May 29

Chief medical officer to host chat over coffee

Dr. Michael Henderson, chief medical officer, will host a “Coffee Talk” presentation from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, in room R136.

The first 12 individuals to register will be eligible to participate in the event. To register, email For more information, email Connie Suber at

Thursday, May 30

Nebraska faculty to talk pre-transplant bariatric surgery​

Dr. Corrigan L. McBride in the Department of Surgery-General Surgery at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, will give the UMMC Department of Digestive Diseases presentation, "Bariatric Surgery in the Pre-Transplant Patient," at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, in classroom 4A (N413).

For more information, email Cassey Jones at

Wednesday, June 5

Yale faculty to tout peds neurosurgery during Andy Lecture

Dr. Kristopher Kahle, assistant professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine, will present the 2019 Orlando J. Andy Lecture and Neuroscience Grand Rounds, "Pediatric Neurosurgery with Molecular Precision," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, in the Methodist Rehabilitation Bank Plus Conference Center on the second-floor atrium mall.

Physicians, nurse practitioners and other interested health care providers are invited. Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, email Robin French at


Preventive medicine fellow to give health policy overview

Dr. Akeem A. Adebayo, UMMC preventive medicine fellow, will give the Department of Preventive Medicine presentation, "Overview of Mississippi Health Policy Fellowship," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, on the first floor of the New Guyton library.

For more information, email Ivory Stuckey at

Saturday, June 8

1 in 100 community event to address congenital heart disease

​University Heart and Children's of Mississippi will host a free patient and family symposium, "1 in 100: Growing Up with Congenital Heart Disease," from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Classroom Wing.

The event will include a discussion of the challenges of growing up with congenital heart disease and the important of lifelong care, a tour of the Heart Center, an echocardiogram demonstration, information about insurance coverage and interaction with heart doctors.

UMMC CHD patients and their families are invited. For more information or to register, call 4-4567 or email

Thursday, June 13

MIND Center chair to discuss Alzheimer's, dementia research

Dr. Tom Mosley, The MIND Center chair and director, will present “New Research into the Causes of Alzheimer’s and Dementia” during the "Mind Matters" program from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in the second-floor conference rooms of the student union. Check-in will take place from 5:30-6 p.m.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available. For more information or to register, call Melissa Goff at 5-4237 or email