March 21, 2019

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Invited presentations by UGA, JSU, Vandy faculty highlight upcoming week's event slate

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019

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

Friday, March 22

M.D./Ph.D. student to explore God's existence

Portrait of Subhi Younes

Subhi Talal Younes, a fifth-year M.D./Ph.D. student, will give the third in a three-part series of lectures sponsored by the UMMC Faith Seeking Understanding Interest Group, "Does God Exist?" at noon on Friday, March 22, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

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



Monday, March 25

Medicine professor to track kidney disease health evolution

Portrait of Tariq Shafi

Dr. Tariq Shafi, professor of medicine in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and John D. Bower Director of the Division of Nephrology, will present ”From God Committees to Medical Homes: The Evolution of Population Health for Kidney Diseases,” from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, March 25, in the first-floor library of the Guyton Research Center.

For more information, email



Tuesday, March 26

UGA faculty to explain killer cells' role in synucleinpathies

Portrait of Jamise Lee

Dr. Jamise Lee, assistant director in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Georgia, Athens, will give the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "Elucidating the Role of Natural Killer Cells in Synucleinpathies," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in classroom 3A (room N318 on the North Wing).

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


JSU faculty to discuss bioinformatics, drug design, precision med

Portrait of Joe Huang

Dr. Hung-Chung "Joe" Huang, assistant professor of biology and bioinformatics manager at Jackson State University, will present the UMMC Bioinformatics Collaborative seminar, “Bioinformatics, Drug Design and Precision Medicine,” at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in N318 (3A).

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



 Wednesday, March 27

SNMA, ASB to celebrate African-American medical achievement

Student National Medical Association and Associated Student Body Logos

The Student National Medical Association and the Associated Student Body will host "Beyond the 28th: Celebrating African-American Achievement in Medicine" at noon on Wednesday, March 27, in lecture hall 134 of the medical education building.

The event will include a documentary screening and an exhibit on the ground floor of the building.

For more information, email Jared Vaughan at or Kandice Bailey at


Transgenic Core director to uncover CV, metabolic health key

Portrait of David Stec

Dr. David Stec, professor of physiology and biophysics and Transgenic Core director, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Is Serum Bilirubin the Key to Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

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


Dietitian to explain how simple foods just work

Portrait of Fiona Lewis

Dr. Fiona B. Lewis, registered dietitian in the Department of Preventive Medicine, will give the Everyday Wellness presentation, "When Food's Simple, It Just Works: Eating and Cooking for Good Health," scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in classroom 4A.

For more information, email Brea Cole at 




Thursday, March 28

Vandy plastic surgery chair to offer breast reconstruction lessons

Portrait of Galen Perdikis

Dr. Galen Perdikis, professor and chair of plastic surgery at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, will present the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Visiting Professor Lecture, "Breast Reconstruction: Data Driven Lessons," from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, call Theressa White at 4-5084.






FBI agent to tackle human trafficking in ODI lecture

Portrait of Walter Henry

Walter Henry. special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigations, will present the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's "InclUsive Conversation," "Human Trafficking and Medical Needs of Victims," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in room CW-106 of the Classroom Wing.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Mandy Scott at 5-7857.


Tuesday, April 23

Interim chancellor, v.c. to speak at faculty meeting

Portrait of Larry Sparks

Larry Sparks, University of Mississippi interim chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the spring faculty meeting at noon on Tuesday, April 23, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at​



Wednesday-Monday, May 1-6

Simplifying security focus of info security exec's CANN Talk

Steve Waite

Steve Waite, executive director of information security , will present the  Condensed Academic Networking and kNowledge Talk, "Foam In, Foam Out - Simplifying Security," from 7:30-7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, in the Bebe Richardson Conference Room, from 12:30-12:50 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in room SH198, and from 4:30-4:50 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in room N-5A.

CANN Talks are monthly professional development seminars for UMMC faculty and staff. For more information, email Julian Gilner at

Thursday, May 16

Gurney race teams to vie for Golden Stethoscope​

Gurney_race_icon.jpgThe race will be on for the coveted Golden Stethoscope. In celebration of National Nurses Week and National Hospital Week, 26 five-person UMMC clinical, non-clinical and student teams will take part in a gurney relay race from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, in front of the student union.

Gurney teams also will employ wheelchairs and crutches in their quest to win. The team to beat is the reigning racers from 2018, Smooth Operators of the Batson Children's Hospital OR.

The event will include a "celebrity" dunking booth, food trucks and music by DJ Chris Young. For more information, call 5-9159.