Rush pharmacologist, UAB plastic surgeon to give talks this weekPublished on Monday, March 23, 2015 Published on March 23, 2015 A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center. Tuesday, March 24 Dentistry professor to talk airborne abrasion, FPD longevity GriggsDr. Jason Griggs, professor of biomedical materials science in the School of Dentistry, will give the Dental Grand Rounds presentation, "Is There Evidence that Airborne Particle Abrasion Affects the Longevity of FPDs Made of Y-TZP Ceramic?" at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).For more information, call Deborah Hayes at 4-6025. Rush pharmacologist to relate meth abuse, Parkinson's NapierDr. T. Celeste Napier, professor of pharmacology and director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University, will present "Methamphetamine Abuse and Vulnerability for Parkinson's Disease" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in room 6A (N617).All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. Virginia nephrologist to update Goodpasture's Disease BoltonDr. W. Kline Bolton, professor of medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, will present "Goodpasture's Disease: Something Old, Something New" from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Guyton Conference Room G451-04.The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Division of Nephrology. For more information about either presentation, call Diana Carpenter at 4-5687. Wednesday, March 25 Surgery Rounds to touch on international graduates UrencioDr. Miguel Urencio, house officer in the Department of Surgery, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "International Medical Graduates in General Surgery," at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.For more information, call Carol Hollingsworth at 5-1292. Physiologists to practice experimental biology talks The Physiology Seminar Series will focus on "Experimental Biology 2015 Practice Talks" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.Dr. Raffaele Altara, postdoctoral fellow, will present "Circulating CXCL-9, -10 and -11 Levels Improve the Discrimination of Risk Prediction Models for Left Ventricular Dysfunction;"John Henry Dasinger, graduate assistant, will present "Postmenopausal Hypertension is Blunted Following Chronic Flutamide Treatment in Intrauterine Growth Restricted Female Rat;"Dr. Frank Spradley, instructor in physiology and biophysics, will present "Melanocortin-4 Receptor (MC4R) Deficiency Promotes Increases in High-fat Diet-induced Body Weight Gain and Visceral Fat, But Not Hypertension, During Pregnancy;"and Dr. Paula Warrington, instructor in physiology and biophysics, will present "Placental Ischemia Impairs Cerebral Blood Flow Autoregulation and Increases Blood-brain Barrier Permeability in Pregnant Rats."Refreshment will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. Thursday, March 26 UAB plastic surgeon to discuss breast reconstruction GrottingDr. James C. Grotting, clinical professor of plastic surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present "Breast Reconstruction - A Personal Look Back and What Lies Ahead" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Theresa White at 4-5084. On the horizon Take a break, donate during UMMC's quarterly blood drive Medical Center faculty, staff and students will be invited to "Take a Break and Donate" when Mississippi Blood Services personnel visit the Medical Center March 30-April 3 for the quarterly UMMC Blood Drive.The message for the drive is "Every Two Seconds, Someone Needs Blood." All donors will receive an MBS T-shirt with that message. Identification is required to donate blood.Times, dates and places for the drive include:* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, March 30, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, between the Guyton Research Center and the School of Medicine;* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Bailey Avenue entrance to the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center;* 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, near the Batson Children's Hospital entrance;* 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in the School of Dentistry lounge; and* 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, April 3, near the University Hospital entrance.Be sure to look for the MBS donor coach when making a donation. For more information about the blood drive, call Renee Howard at 4-2884 or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Scientific method to be on display during Research Day SummersDr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, will provide the keynote address, "Reconsidering the Scientific Method in the Information Age," during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day event scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.MSRP oral presentations will kick off the day from 8-9:30 a.m. in conference room A, with a poster session and continental breakfast from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the gymnasium.Summers' presentation and lunch will take place from noon-1 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony, which will wrap up at 1:30 p.m. in conference rooms A-D.For more information about Research Day, call Marsha Manuel at 5-1956. Peking physicians to present neurobiology seminar Two Peking University Health Science Center physicians will give the latest presentation in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences' seminar series from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, April 3, in room 4A (N413).Dr. Changman Zhou will present "The Curriculum for Anatomical Science Education in Peking University" and Dr. Jing-Yan Han will present "The Protective Effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Cerebrovascular Injury and Blood-brain Barrier Disruption after Ischemia/reperfusion in Rats."All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.