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Cardiology Division snags red dress crown

Camille Moenkhaus, left, administrative assistant, and Connie Watson, business administrator, show the winning design submitted by the School of Medicine’s Division of Cardiology in the Create a Go Red Dress contest Feb. 7 in the University Hospital lobby.

The contest supported the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement, which raises awareness of and donations to fight heart disease in women.

Base Pair to receive MAPE partnership award

Base PairThe Mississippi Association of Partners in Education will present a University Partnership Award to the Medical Center and multiple high schools in the central part of the state for the Base Pair Program during a Governor's Award luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Jackson Hilton.

Initiated in 1992, Base Pair is a biomedical research mentorship program that pairs Medical Center faculty with high school students and educators from the Jackson Public School District. Under the direction of Dr. Rob Rockhold, professor of health sciences and deputy chief academic officer, Base Pair allows each student to experience the scientific field in a "hands-on" manner under the guidance and supervision of a qualified instructor who is a researcher at UMMC. Base Pair provides academic credit towards graduation, career orientation and advanced laboratory training in the biomedical sciences.

"For more than a decade, MAPE has encouraged the growth of partnerships throughout Mississippi with the Governor's Award," said Michael Bentley, MAPE president. "These success stories show the many ways that partnerships play an active role in helping improve student performance and how increased community involvement in public education produces positive, measurable results."

The Governor's Award selection committee, comprised of representatives from business, industry, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, selected the award recipients based on a uniform set of criteria to measure the overall effectiveness of partnership activities.

The Clinton School District, the Bower Foundation and the Mississippi Department of Education also will receive a Partnership in Excellence Award at the luncheon.

Biggest Loser STEPs out to visit UMMC

Patrick House, standing center in aqua T-shirt, winner of season 10 of the Biggest Loser, visits with Dr. Gaarmel Funches, standing far left, director of community education and outreach, Dr. Jasmine Taylor, standing far right, associate vice chancellor for multicultural affairs, and 62 Science Training Enrichment Program (STEP) students Feb. 3 at the Medical Center. (Enlarge Photo)

House encouraged the 6th-to-8th grade students from Hinds County, Jackson Public Schools, Canton, Humphreys County and Choctaw Tribal Schools to set goals and push themselves because hard work and a good work ethic are what it takes to win. He applauded the students for spending one Saturday each month participating in education enrichment and learning about health careers to prepare for the future.

House lost 181 pounds to earn the title of Biggest Loser. He is the first Mississippian to win the title.

This year's STEP sessions will culminate with a closing ceremony March 2. For more information about STEP, call the Division of Multicultural Affairs at 4-1336. 

Physiology faculty welcome Lindsey

LindseyDr. Merry L. Lindsey, a cardiac researcher with interest in multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the left ventricle responds to injury, has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of physiology and biophysics.

After receiving a B.A. in biology from Boston University, Lindsey earned a Ph.D. in cardiovascular sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass.

Lindsey joined the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she served as an assistant professor from 2002-05. In 2005, she moved to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she was promoted to full professor in 2012.

The coauthor of more than 85 articles in peer-reviewed journals and eight book chapters, Lindsey is principal investigator or co-investigator of four ongoing research projects, three of which are funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is the director of the San Antonio Cardiovascular Proteomics Center, which is one of seven proteomics centers funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

She is an active member of the American Physiological Society, the American Heart Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among other professional organizations. She has served as a journal reviewer or editor for more than 50 journals and has reviewed grants for more than 10 funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and numerous international agencies.

Lindsey comes to UMMC to promote translational heart research, focused on studies that span from bench to bedside.

Policy officer discusses Affordable Care Act

Dr. Atul Grover, second from left, chief public policy officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges, visits with, from left, Leland Husband, M2, Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs.

Grover talked with medical students about health policy and answered questions about the Affordable Care Act Feb. 8 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Monico joins pediatrics faculty

MonicoDr. Carla G. Monico, a board-certified nephrologist and longtime consultant at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1989, Monico earned the M.D. at the Creighton University School of Medicine in 1994. She then did an internal medicine internship from 1994-95, an internal medicine residency from 1995-97 and a nephrology fellowship from 1997-2000 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. She was a Mayo Foundation Scholar from 2000-02 at University College London, UK.

Monico joined the Mayo Clinic in 2002 as a senior associate consultant in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Internal Medicine. In 2005, she earned a joint appointment there as a senior associate consultant in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Since 2005, she has been a consultant in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension in the Department of Internal Medicine and a consultant in the Division of Pediatric Nephrology in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine.

While at the Mayo Clinic, Monico has served as an instructor in medicine from 2003-07 and as an assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of pediatrics since 2007.    

An active member of the American Society of Nephrology, the International Pediatric Nephrology Association, the International Society of Nephrology and the Oxalosis and Hyperoxaluria Foundation, Monico serves as a reviewer for three academic journals. Co-investigator or principal investigator of 14 federal, foundation or industry grants, including two current federal grants, her research interest includes inherited forms of pediatric urolithiasis (primary hyperoxaluria types 1, 2 and 3 and other forms of inherited urolithiasis). She is the coauthor of 15 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, 25 abstracts and two book chapters. 

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

20 Years

* Dian Cannon, executive assistance, Office of Development

* Doris Compere, registered nurse, Batson Community Clinic

15 Years

* Anita Kilgore, nurse manager, Children’s Cancer Clinic

* Rodney Slaughter, surgical support technician, Surgical Suite

10 Years

* Evonne Mangum, technician, Environmental Services

* Amanda Roberson, director, Medical Staff Services

5 Years

* Lisa Benoy, billing specialist, Central Billing Office

* Robert Cattenhead, recreational therapist, Pediatric Psychiatry

* Cathy Fitzgerald, certified medical assistant, Lakeland Family Medicine

* Bretton Nopper, senior IT support analyst, Information Systems

Wang to give Cancer Institute presentation

Dr. Zhiwei Wang, instructor in pathology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, will present "Targeting Notch Signaling Pathway by Natural Compound for Potential Pancreatic Cancer Therapy" at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, in room G-151 on the first floor of the the Guyton Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is sponsored by the UMMC Cancer Institute.

For more information, call 5-6802.

Chef teams, volunteers needed for tasty event

Taste 23 realThe 2013 Taste committee is seeking chef teams to reserve booth space and plan menus for the Saturday, Feb. 23 Taste of the U event, which raises money for the UMMC Alliance.

Last year, nearly $60,000 was raised for patient, student, facility and employee needs. Recently, funds raised at Taste supported the Children's Justice Center at UMMC and outings for three pediatric ventilator patients who live at Batson Children's Hospital.

This year, Taste will honor Dr. Richard Miller and Dr. Suzanne Miller, emeritus faculty members, for their more than 80 years of combined service to the Medical Center and community. Hunter Gibson and the Gators will perform and a silent auction and drawings will continue throughout the evening.

For more information or to sign up a chef team, call Melanie Lauderdale at 5-8319 or e-mail her at

Volunteers also are needed to help with event set-up, chef tables, beverage booths, event break-down and clean-up activities. To volunteer, call Stephen Dilatush at 5-3933 or e-mail him at

Blakely to present Hearin Lecture

BlakelyDr. Randy D. Blakely, Allen D. Bass Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and director of the Vanderbilt/NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Serotonin and Autism: Unraveling 50 Years of Mystery," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis from the Hearin Foundation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Science and the Office of Research. For more information, e-mail Margie West at

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