May 6, 2019

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Talks by Johns Hopkins, Tulane faculty highlight busy week's agenda

Published on Thursday, January 10, 2019

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


Monday, May 6

Johns Hopkins surgery faculty to explore transplant equity​

Dr. Tanjala S. Purnell, assistant professor of surgery, epidemiology, health behavior and society and assistant director for education and training at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, will present the UMMC Division of Nephrology Renal Grand Rounds lecture, "Achieving Transplant Equity: Closing the Gaps in Disparities, Interventions and Research," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in Nephrology Conference Room L525-4 on the fifth floor of the Clinical Sciences Building.

For more information, call Diana Carpenter at 4-5687.


Patient Experience to offer Healing Arts ballet program

​The Office of Patient Experience will host a performance by Ballet Magnificat as part of its "Healing Arts" series at noon on Monday, May 6, in the student union.

For more information, call Hillary Basden at 5-7704.


Microbiology director to review catfish research lessons

Dr. Eva Bengten, UMMC professor of microbiology and immunology and director of the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, will give the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology presentation, "Immune Mechanisms in Channel Catfish, Ictalurus Punctatus: Lessons Learned from the Catfish Model System," at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in classroom 3A.

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


Wednesday, May 8

Tulane neurosurgery faculty to review vascular neurosurgery

Dr. Peter Amenta, associate professor of neurosurgery at Tulane University, will give the UMMC Neuroscience Grand Rounds presentation, "Vascular Neurosurgery in the Era of Acute Stroke Intervention," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in the Bank Plus Conference Center on the second-floor atrium mall of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Physicians, nurse practitioners and other interested health care providers are invited. Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, email Robin French at


Surgery resident to review blunt cerebrovascular injury

Dr. Jack Neil, chief resident in the Department of Surgery, will give the UMMC Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "Blunt Cerebrovascular Injury," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, email Carol Hollingsworth at


Medicine chair to recount heart failure drug lessons

Dr. Javed Butler, UMMC professor and chair of the Department of Medicine and Patrick H. Lehan Chair in Cardiovascular Research, will give the UMMC Department of Physiology and Biophysics presentation, "Lessons in Drug Development for Heart Failure," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

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


Thursday, May 9

Dermatologist to offer skin-protecting summer tips

Dr. Allison Cruse, UMMC dermatologist, will give the UMMC University Physicians brown bag lecture, "How to Enjoy Summer and Protect Your Skin," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in the BB Richardson Conference Room.

Refreshments will be available. For more information, email


HIT Center seeks UMMC participants for initial PITCH event

​The Health Innovation and Transformation Center is seeking UMMC participants for the HIT Center's first Partners Innovating Technology to Change Healthcare competition scheduled from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

UMMC faculty, staff and students can submit their ideas involving technology and health care. Selected individuals and/or teams will have consultants to help them develop their ideas. Chosen candidates will have the opportunity to propose their business concepts or ideas in a 60-to-90-second "elevator" pitch. Final participants will pitch to a panel of judges and "angel" investors.

For more information, to register for the event or to submit an idea, email Terrence Hibbert at    


Monday, May 13

Biology faculty to talk MicroRNAs, drug-induced liver injury

Dr. Damian Romero, UMMC associate professor of cell and molecular biology, will give the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology presentation, "MicroRNAs and Drug-induced Liver Injury," at 3 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in classroom 3A.

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


Tuesday, May 14

Tulane faculty to explore age-related psychiatric symptoms

​Dr. Laurie R. Earls, assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at the Tulane Brain Institute, Tulane University, will give the UMMC Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series presentation, "It's the Little Things: Micro-RNAs and Micro-peptides in Age-related Psychiatric Symptoms," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in room N318 (3A) on the North Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Bernadette Grayson at 4-6809.  


Thursday, May 16

Gurney race teams to vie for Golden Stethoscope​

The 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.


Wednesday, May 22

Geffen professor to note good, bad, ugly red blood cells​

Dr. Jonathan S. Jahr, professor emeritus in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, will give the UMMC Department of Anesthesiology Grand Rounds presentation, "Red Blood Cells: Good, Bad, Ugly and Solutions," from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in room LH122 of the medical education building.

For more information, email Cathy Braboy at


MEW club to discuss substance abuse treatment barriers

Dr. Kevin Freeman, associate professor and director of the Office of Medical Student and Resident Research in the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club meeting, “Understanding Barriers to Specialty Substance Abuse Treatment among Latinos,” from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, in conference room D on the second floor of the student union.

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

For more information or to make a reservation, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at


Thursday, May 30

Nebraska faculty to talk pre-transplant bariatric surgery​

Dr. Corrigan L. McBride in the Department of Surgery-General Surgery at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, will give the UMMC Department of Digestive Diseases presentation, "Bariatric Surgery in the Pre-Transplant Patient," at 7 a.m. on Thursday, May 30, in classroom 4A (N413).

For more information, email Cassey Jones at