Sept. 16, 2019

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WIP presentations, 3-D adipose tissue talk tops week's agenda

Published on Monday, September 16, 2019

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


Monday, Sept. 16

Pair of researchers to give Work in Progress presentations

micro_immunology.jpgA pair of UMMC researchers will give the UMMC Department of Cell and Molecular Biology Work In Progress Talk at 3 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, in classroom 3A.

Douglas McLaurin will present "A New Role for Drosha and DGCR8 in the Processing of scaRNAs" and Matthew Dubuisson will present "The Endocannabinoid System and Retinoic Acid Signaling Combine to Influence Bone Growth."

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


Wednesday, Sept. 18

SOD faculty to cover 3-D adipose tissue pathophysiology models

Portrait of Amol Janorkar

Dr. Amol Janorkar, professor of dentistry in the Department of Biomedical Materials Science and director of the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Materials Science, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Three-dimensional In Vitro Models of Adipose Tissue Pathophysiology," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

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



Saturday, Sept. 21

JHS to host football-themed 2019 Exam Center Kick Off

Resized_JHS_heart_text_logo.jpg​The Jackson Heart Study will provide information about Exam 4 and will offer free health screenings during the 2019 Exam Center Kick Off on Saturday, Sept. 21, at center stage in the Jackson Medical Mall.

Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. with health screenings to take place from 8-9:45 a.m. and the exam center update to follow from 10 a.m.-noon.

Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite football team's T-shirt. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Crystal Butler-Williams at 5-5773 or email her at


Monday, Sept. 23

Adult NP to discuss breathing trial in ventilated patients

Portrait of Elizabeth Starnes

Elizabeth Starnes, an adult intensive care unit nurse practitioner, will give the Clinical Leaders Using Best practices presentation, "A Nurse Initiated Spontaneous Breathing Trial in the Adult Ventilated Patient," from 11 a.m.-noon on Monday, Sept. 23, in classroom 5A.

The presentation is sponsored by the UMMC Nursing Quality, Development and Professional Practice organization. Refreshments will be available for the first 25 in attendance. For more information, call Charlotte Cockrell at 5-9159 or email her at



Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 24-27

Campus parking spot up for grabs during UMMC blood drive

Blood Drive logo

Participants in the Medical Center's quarterly blood drive scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 24-27, will automatically be registered in a drawing for a parking space on campus for the upcoming quarter and will receive a Mississippi Blood Services T-shirt.

The winner of the parking space drawing will be randomly selected from among all UMMC faculty, staff and students who participate in the blood drive or who donate to Mississippi Blood Services on behalf of UMMC during the current quarter. The winner will have parking privileges in the designated campus parking space at the learning resource center beginning Tuesday, Oct. 1. 

The UMMC blood drive is scheduled from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 24-26, in the MBS donor coach at the Guyton Research Center and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the MBS donor coach at the Jackson Medical Mall.
Photo identification is required to donate. Mississippi Blood Services suggests all donors eat within four hours of giving blood and drink plenty of fluids before and after the donation.
Donors interested in participating in the drive on the UMMC campus may register here. Donors interested in participating in the drive at the Jackson Medical Mall may register here. For more information about the drive, email


Tuesday, Sept. 24

William Carey faculty to explore first-year anatomy improvement

Portrait of Kenneth Hisley

Dr. Kenneth C. Hisley, associate professor at William Carey College, will deliver the UMMC Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Improving the First-year Integrated Anatomical Curriculum Using Conceptual Mapping, Visualization and Real-time Assessment Methods," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept, 24, in room N318 (3A) on the North Wing.

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



Wednesday, Sept. 25

Population Health faculty to talk culturally responsive evaluations

Portrait of Michelle Williams

Dr. Michelle S. Williams, assistant professor of population health science, will give the John D. Bower School of Population Health Grand Rounds presentation, "Conducting Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Evaluations of Population Health Programs: A Case Study of the Monitoring and Evaluation of ACCELERATE!" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in New Guyton Library Room G151-01.

For more information, email





Children's CEO, CNEO to host chat over coffee

Portrait of Dr. Guy Giesecke
Portrait of Ellen Hansen

Dr. Guy Giesecke, Children's of Mississippi chief executive officer, and Ellen Hansen, Children's of Mississippi chief nursing executive officer, will host a “Coffee Talk” presentation from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Perioperative Conference Room.

The first 12 individuals to register will be eligible to participate in the event. For more information or to register, email


Thursday, Sept. 26

Arkansas faculty to talk epithelial cell pyroptosis mechanisms

Portrait of Julia Liu

Dr. Julia Liu, associate professor of gastroenterology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, will give the UMMC Cancer Center and Research Institute Grand Rounds presentation, “Epithelial Cell Pyroptosis: Basic Mechanisms with Clinical Translations,” at noon on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Guyton Library on the first floor of the Guyton Research Center.

For more information, call Susan Roberts at 5-3468 or email her at



 MEW journal club to discuss school-based health growth

Portrait of Lisa Haynie

Dr. Lisa Haynie, professor of nursing and director of the Mercy Delta Express Project, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club meeting, “School-based Health Growth and Expansion," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, 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


Friday, Sept. 27

UT-Southwestern professor to introduce NIH Research Policy

Portrait of Dr. Elizabeth Heitman

Dr. Elizabeth Heitman, professor of ethics in science and medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will give a webinar, "Introduction to NIH Research Policy: Regulations and Standards for Responsible Research," from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27.

For more information or to register, email Pamela Jones at




Monday, Sept. 30

Washington faculty to cover optical imaging, brain manipulation


Dr. Andy Y. Shih, associate professor at the Seattle Children's Research Institute and University of Washington, will give the UMMC Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology Seminar Series presentation, "Optical Imaging and Manipulation of Microvessels in the Living Brain," at noon on Monday, Sept. 30, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Marilyn McCarthy at 4-1635.



Tuesday, Oct. 1

Portrait of Tracy DeVries

Women's exec to discuss reproductive health, grant making

Tracy DeVries, Women's Foundation of Mississippi executive director, will give the UMMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UMMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science's "inclUsive conversation," "Women's Reproductive Health and Grant Making," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, in second-floor conference rooms C and D in the student union.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, email Shirley Pandolfi at



Friday, Oct. 4

Author to discuss peds oral health's impact in book talk, signing


​Sonja Lauren, author of The Covered Smile, will discuss her book, a tale about her childhood of abuse, neglect and the impact oral health has on a child's life, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, in the student union.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, email Kelli Irby at



Tuesday, Oct. 15

Vice chancellor to speak at fall faculty meeting​


Dr. LouAnn Woodward, UMMC vice chancellor for health affairs, is scheduled to speak at the fall faculty meeting set for noon on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Woodward will provide an update for the Medical Center and faculty with 20 years of service will be recognized. Flu shots will be available before and after the meeting from Student and Employee Health. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis.

Full-time faculty with 20 years or more of continuous faculty service should contact Dorothy Singleton by Sunday, Sept. 1. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at


Wednesday, Oct. 23

Women at Risk founder to discuss health care's role in trafficking

Portrait of Rebecca McDonald

​Rebecca McDonald, founder and president of Women at Risk International, will give the Division of Continuing Health Professional Education and School of Medicine Community Service Team presentation, "Health Care's Role in Sex Trafficking," from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the student union.

The presentation will include information about what communities are at risk, how to identify victims and how to report suspected trafficking. For more information, call Sandra Funchess at 4-1301 or email her at



Tuesday, Oct. 29

Collegiate scholars set to heat up RICE competition

rice bowl logo

Selected graduate students from diverse backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines will participate in the annual Rural Interdisciplinary Case Experience (RICE) Bowl, an interactive competition to provide the best solution for a realistic scenario about complex rural health issues from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in lecture hall 124 in the medical education building.

Sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, the event will include participants from Jackson State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi and UMMC. A reception will follow the competition.

For more information, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at


Tuesday, Nov. 12

Six Dimensions CEO to facilitate ODI's 'inclUsive conversation'


​Dr. Nakeitra Burse, owner and chief executive officer of Six Dimensions, LLC, will give the UMMC Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "inclUsive conversation" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in second-floor conference rooms C and D in the student union,

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, email Shirley Pandolfi at