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Dr. Susan Buttross, left, and Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker received platinum medallions during the Excellence in Research Awards ceremony.
Dr. Susan Buttross, left, and Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker received platinum medallions during the Excellence in Research Awards ceremony.
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Research excellence awards mark faculty, staff achievements

Published on Monday, October 28, 2019

By: Karen Bascom, kbascom@umc.edu

The University of Mississippi Medical Center held its annual Excellence in Research Awards Oct. 25 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Hosted by the Office of Research, the ceremony recognizes faculty members for their achievements in gaining outside funding. The award levels - platinum, gold, silver and bronze - are based on the cumulative amount of extramural funding received by the investigator for their original research over their career at UMMC.

The 18 medallion recipients, including two platinum, five gold, nine silver and two bronze contributed to UMMC’s 302 grants and awards for fiscal year 2019.

Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, said the event is one of his favorite days of the Medical Center year. He noted the diversity of the recipients, representing 14 departments and three schools. He also noted that UMMC brought in nearly $75 million in FY 2019, more than 60 percent of which came from federal agencies ranging from the National Institutes of Health to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“This is a reflection of the robustness of our research mission across the university,” Summers said.

Addressing the researchers in attendance, Summers added, “Your hard work has accomplished this, not the Office of Research. We are just your cheerleaders and facilitators, and we are very excited about the direction our mission is going.”

Platinum Medallion – $5 million total

Dr. Susan Buttross, professor of pediatrics-child development

Buttross, medical director of the Center for Advancement of Youth, is the principal investigator of the Child Health and Development Project, which seeks to measurably improve health and development outcomes for young children through screenings and interventions in child care centers, doctors’ offices and other locations.

Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker, professor of medicine-infectious diseases

Konkle-Parker served as PI for the UMMC cohort of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study and serves in the same capacity for the study’s successor, the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study. She is also the PI for a substance abuse treatment program called Helping HAND (Helping to Advance in New Directions).

 

Gold Medallion – $1 million total

Dr. Fan Fan, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology

Dr. Bernadette Grayson, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Dr. Michael Hall, associate professor of medicine-cardiology

Dr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, associate professor of cell and molecular biology

 

Gold Award recipients Dr. Fan Fan, Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, Dr. Bernadette Grayson and Dr. Michael Hall. Not pictured: Dr. Bradley Walters
Gold Award recipients include, from left starting second from left, Dr. Fan Fan, Dr. Licy Yanes Cardozo, Dr. Bernadette Grayson and Dr. Michael Hall.

Silver Medallion – $500,000 total

Dr. Denise Cornelius, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, associate professor of pediatrics-infectious diseases

Dr. Sally Huskinson, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior

Dr. Michael Roach, associate professor of biomedical materials science

Dr. Joshua Speed, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics

Dr. Frank Spradley, assistant professor of surgery

Dr. Kedra Wallace, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology

Dr. Junming Wang, professor of pathology

Dr. Keli Xu, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences

Silver medallion recipients Dr. Sally Huskinson, Dr. Michael Roach, Dr. Joshua Speed, Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, Dr. Denise Cornelius, Dr. Keli Xu, Dr. Kendra Wallace and Dr. Frank Spradley. Not pictured: Dr. Junming Wang.
Silver medallion recipients include, from left starting second from left, Dr. Sally Huskinson, Dr. Michael Roach, Dr. Joshua Speed, Dr. Charlotte Hobbs, Dr. Denise Cornelius, Dr. Keli Xu, Dr. Kendra Wallace and Dr. Frank Spradley.

 

Bronze Medallion – $250,000 total

Dr. Seth Lirette, assistant professor of data science

Dr. Zhen Wang, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics

Bronze Award recipients Dr. Zhen Wang and Dr. Seth Lirette.
Bronze Award recipients include Dr. Zhen Wang, second from left, and Dr. Seth Lirette, second from right.

 

Discovery Awards

Early Career Investigator

Dr. Denise Cornelius, assistant professor of emergency medicine

Early Career Investigator Dr. Denise Cornelius
Dr. Denise Cornelius receives the Early Career Investigator Award.

 

Meritorious Research Service – Faculty

Dr. Vani Vijayakumar, professor of radiology

Meritorious Research Service-Faculty award recipient Dr. Vani Vijayakumar
Dr. Vani Vijayakumar receives the Faculty Meritorious Research Service Award.

 

Meritorious Research Service – Staff

Ashley Johnson, scientist III in pharmacology and toxicology

Gloria Minniefield, accounting manager for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Post-Award

Meritorious Research Service-Staff award recipients Ashley Johnson and Gloria Minniefield
Ashley Johnson, left, and Gloria Minniefield each receive the Staff Meritorious Research Service Award.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, professor of medicine, director of clinical and translation research, Cancer Center and Research Institute 

Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research award winner Dr. Shou-Ching Tang
Dr. Shou-Ching Tang receives the Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award.