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Radiology Grand Rounds, neurobiology presentation top week's activities

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

Friday, May 4

Pair of speakers scheduled for Radiology Grand Rounds

Dr. Thomas E. Merchant, radiation oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will present “Radiation Therapy for Medulloblastoma: 20 Years of Advancement” from 8-9 a.m. and Dr. E. Mark Haacke, director of the MR Core Facility at Wayne State University, will present “Evaluating Neurodegenerative Disease Using SWI, SWIM and STAGE Imaging” from noon-1 p.m. as part of the Department of Radiology Grand Rounds on Friday, May 4, in Lecture Hall 124 of the medical education building.

For more information, call Cheryl Johnson at 5-3862 or email

Senior advisor to expound upon opioid epidemic

Dr. Claude Brunson, professor of anesthesiology and senior advisor to the vice chancellor for external affairs, will give the Psychiatry Grand Rounds presentation, "The Opioid Epidemic: Getting from Crisis to Control," at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 4, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Alexis Hicks at 5-5588 or email her at

St. George prof to assemble integrated course presentation

Dr. Robert Hage, professor of anatomy and adjunct professor of arts and science at St. Georges University, will give the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Integrated Course Design Applied to Presentation . . . Demonstrated with Snippets of Lectures," from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in classroom 6A (room 617A on the North Wing).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information,call Karneilla McGee at 4-1640 or email her at

Monday, May 7

InclUsive Conversation to tackle cultural competency

Michelle Johansen, a history instructor at Delta State University and the 2018 IHL Diversity Educator of the Year, will give the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "InclUsive Conversation," "A World Class Experience: Improving Cultural Competency at Delta State," at noon on Monday, May 7, in room CW-106 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, visit

Iowa cardio expert to review MD's angiotensinergic mechanisms

Dr. Rasna Sabharwal, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Iowa. will give the UMMC Women's Health Research Center presentation, "Angiotensinergic Mechanisms in Muscular Dystrophy and Dilated Cardiomyopathy," at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7, in classroom 3A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Cherese Kelly at 4-1851.

Monday-Friday, May 7-11

Activities planned for National Hospital Week observance

UMMC’s “Everyday Heroes” will be celebrated during National Hospital Week May 7-11. The week of activities for Medical Center employees and students is sponsored by the UMMC Alliance.

Some of the highlights include food trucks from 6:30-11 p.m. May 7 at the ICU towers; a Farmer’s Market from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 8 in the medical mall's community room; gurney races and a block party from 4-6:30 p.m. May 8 at the student union; food trucks from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10 on the west side of the medical mall facing Livingston Road; a Blessing of the Hands at noon May 9 in the chapel; a "Free Your Mind: Mental Health Awareness Day" event from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10 in the research center breezeway; and food trucks and employee drawing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 11 in the research center breezeway.

For more information, call Ruth Cummins at 4-1104 or email

Tuesday, May 8

Dentistry professor to highlight SOD's patient management system

Dr. Tracy Dellinger, professor of care planning and restorative sciences in the School of Dentistry, will give the Dental Grand Rounds presentation, "University of Mississippi School of Dentistry's Patient Management System: A 10,000-foot View," at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Angela Stokes at 4-6025 or email her at

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9

Northwestern surgeon to give Field Lecture, Grand Rounds

Dr. Mamta Swaroop, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, Center for Global Health, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will give the Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9.

Swaroop will present "TRUE Communities: An Evolution of Empowerment" at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the Oxford Room at the Westin Jackson at 407 South Congress Street. She will give the Field Lecture and Grand Rounds presentation, "The Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative: My Path to Academic Global Surgery," at 8 a.m. May 9 in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing. A round table session with general surgery residents moderated by Dr. Christopher Anderson, chair of the Department of Surgery, will follow the lecture.

Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, call Jodi Boyd at 4-5102 or email


Wednesday, May 9

Heart research director to talk heart attack healing

Dr. Merry Lindsey, professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics seminar, "Cardiac Wound Healing after Myocardial Infarction," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.
For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

CI faculty to host pharmaceutical collaboration discussion

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, associate director for clinical and translational research in the UMMC Cancer Institute, will host a "Genetech Pipeline Presentation," one in a series of discussions with pharmaceutical company medical teams about collaboration in clinical research, from 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in room TR-315 in the Translational Research Center.

Four Genetech medical science liaisons will discuss drugs entering clinical trials, whether any may help Mississippians in cancer treatment, and research being conducted by UMMC Cancer Institute members.

Individuals involved in cancer care and research are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Susan Roberts at 5-6802 or email her at

Tuesday, May 15

HIT Center to host innovation forum 

The Health Innovation and Transformation Center will host the inaugural HIT Forum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the student union.

The HIT Forum is an interactive event where health innovators from UMMC and across the state will share their ideas for improving the health of Mississippians.

The forum will feature a start-up pitch competition for innovative health care solutions from anywhere in the world. The winner will receive a $25,000 investment from Plug and Play Tech Ventures, an opportunity to pilot the solution at UMMC, start-up coaching from the HIT Center, intellectual property review from the UMMC Innovation, Development and Licensing (formerly Technology Transfer) Office, and a suite in the business incubator in the Translational Research Center.

To apply for the competition, email a link to your business to Terrence Hibbert at

The HIT Forum’s business plan competition is open to students and faculty from any Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning member. The winner of the business plan competition will receive $5,000, start-up coaching from the HIT Center and intellectual property review from the IDL office. Submissions are due Friday, April 27.

IHL members also are invited to submit entries for a poster session by Friday, May 4. For more information, email Terrence Hibbert at


Monday, May 21

Mayo Clinic faculty to offer bipolar biobank lesson

Dr. Mark Frye, director of the Mayo Mood Clinic and Research Program, and Dr. Joanna Biernacka, director of the Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Genomics and Pharmacogenomics Program, will give a Grand Rounds presentation, "Building a Bipolar Disorder Biobank: Lesson Learned," at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 21, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Alexis Hicks at 5-5588.

Mayo Clinic epidemiologist to talk pharmacogenomics opps

Dr. Suzette J. Bielinski, associate professor of epidemiology, Department of Health Science Research, Mayo Clinic, will give the University Research and Mayo Clinic presentation, "Pharmacogenomics: The Opportunities and Challenges of Clinical Implementation," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in lecture hall M124 of the medical education building.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Cari Fowler at 5-8923 or email her at  


Monday, June 4

Data Sciences interim chair to discuss computer simulation

Robert L. Hester, professor of physiology, interim chair of the Department of Data Sciences and director of the Center for Computational Medicine, will give the Population Health Grand Rounds presentation, "Use of Computer Simulation to Understand Population Responses to Therapy," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, in the fourth floor conference room of the research center.

For more information, email Sondra Redmont at