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Visiting expert talks, final heart month presentations highlight weekly slate

Published on Monday, February 22, 2016

Published on February 22, 2016

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

UF materials science expert to explain why things fall apart


Dr. John J. Mecholsky Jr., professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Florida, will give the Dental Grand Rounds presentation, “A Critical Analysis of Fracture or Why Things Fall Apart,” at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Deborah Hayes at 4-6025.



UTEP psychologist to discuss tobacco use vulnerability


Dr. Laura O'Dell, associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at El Past, will present “Neurochemical Mechanisms That Promote Tobacco Use Vulnerability” from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23 in classroom 6A (room 617 on the North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The presentation is part of the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series.

For more information, call Karneilla McGee at 4-1686.



Wednesday, Feb. 24

NHLBI scientist to shed light on Latino study


Dr. Larissa Aviles-Santa, a project director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, will give a presentation on the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Guyton Building Library.

The HCHS/SOL is the largest cohort study on contemporary U.S. Hispanic/Latino health that is evaluating the prevalence of cardiovascular, pulmonary and other chronic diseases, their protective and risk factors, and their relationship to future fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular and pulmonary outcomes among Hispanics/Latinos living in four U.S. cities. Aviles-Santa is project director of the study.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Jacqueline Lane at 5-9319 or email her at jlane3@umc.edu.



University Heart team to offer heart-healthy presentations

University Heart team members will give three presentations as part of Heart Health month.

Dr. John Winscott, assistant professor of clinical cardiology, will present “The Heart Truth: Women and Cardiovascular Disease” on Wednesday, Feb. 24; and Dr. Tanya Tanawuttiwat, assistant professor of clinical cardiac electrophysiology, will present “Heart Palpitations: Should You Worry?” on Thursday, Feb. 25.

The presentations will take place from noon-1 p.m. in the University Hospital Administration Large Conference Room. For more information or to register, email Nona Mills at nmills@umc.edu.



Physiologist to traffick in glucose regulation


Dr. Ji Li, associate professor of physiology and biophysics, will give the next presentation in the Physiology Seminar Series, “The Regulation of Glucose Transporter Trafficking,” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.



Thursday, Feb. 25

Display to highlight African-American artists' work

The Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities will present its first “A Healthy Start through Art” event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The event celebrates local African-American artists and highlights the relationship between art and health. Several types of art will be on display, including sculptures, photography, videography, drawings and paintings.

The public is invited. For more information, call Sydnie Wagner at 5-9544 or email swagner2@umc.edu.



Cardiovascular experts weigh in during heart month


The Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center will host its final Heart Month Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Dr. Martha Gulati, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiology at the University of Arizona (Phoenix), will present “Women and Heart Disease - Is There a Gender Difference?” from noon-1 p.m. in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436 or email her at sedavis@umc.edu.



Health Disparities Journal Club to study HIV diagnoses


Dr. Connie Baird-Thomas, associate director of the Social Science Center for Policy Studies and director of the Mississippi Health Policy Research Center at Mississippi State University, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club session, scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, in conference room A of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Baird-Thomas will discuss a study that focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in HIV diagnoses among individuals 50 years or older in 37 U.S. states.

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

For more information, email Felicia Caples at fcaples@umc.edu.



Saturday, Feb. 27

Alliance's 'Roaring '20s' shindig to benefit patient needs

The UMMC Alliance will host its first “A Roaring '20s Affluant Affair” to benefit the Patient Needs Fund from 7-11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Lake House in Ridgeland.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students and their families are invited. A VIP reception will begin at 6 p.m.

For more information, email Jamie Thompson at jlthompson@umc.edu.



On the horizon

Indiana radiologist to lead AOA ethics discussion


Dr. Richard Gunderman, vice chairman of the Department of Radiology and Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Philanthropy and Liberal Arts at Indiana University, will lead a discussion on the ethics of technology using a passage from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a starting point as part of an Alpha Omega Alpha Visiting Professorship from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, March 4, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

To preregister, email remorgan@umc.edu or for more information, email Omar Abdul-Rahman at oabdulrahman@umc.edu.



Common Read subject is A Doctor's Story

The Division of Multicultural Affairs, SOM Student Affairs and the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities have named Dr. Abraham Verghese's book, “My Own Country: A Doctor's Story,” as the next UMMC Common Read Project.

A group discussion is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, March 15, in classroom R-153 (lower amphitheatre). Lunch will be available to the first 100 in attendance.

Participants should read the book before attending the discussion. For more information, call 4-5012 or 4-1339.



NHLBI director to present Nelson CV Research Lecture


Dr. Gary H. Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and senior investigator at the National Institute of Health, will present the 19th Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture, “Building on the NHLBI Legacy of Hypertension Research: Charting Our Future Together,” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis. The lecture is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Renal Research Center and the American Heart Association.

For more information, call Betsy Davis at 5-1436 or email her at sedavis@umc.edu.