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Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is a representative group of volunteer members who advise leaders and investigators at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) on issues of interest to the broader community with a special focus on participation in clinical trials, population-based research studies, and participation in biobanks. CAB members are dedicated community activists, interested professionals, and valued volunteer leaders. The CAB is an essential partner in achieving the UMMC research mission of improving the health of Mississippians through scientific discoveries.

CAB members actively participate in the development and refinement of research standards and policies. This forum gives community members the opportunity to participate in the research process and ensures that the research fills the need of our diverse community.

Current Members


  • Nic Lott


  • Yalanda Barner
  • Cornelius Beasley
  • Suvapun Bunniran
  • Julio Del Castillo
  • Suzie Foote
  • Thomas Harvey
  • Deiondria Lee-Sanders
  • Georgia Jones
  • Varria Larry
  • Teresa Moore
  • Mike Oropeza
  • Sandra Shelson
  • Aggie Sikora
  • Zakiya Summers
  • Joshua “Ryder” Taff
  • Delana Tavakol
  • Terrence Yarbrough