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Medical Center welcomes NIH director

Dr. Francis Collins, right, director of the National Institutes of Health and former head of the Human Genome Project, speaks with Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, during an Oct. 12 visit to the Medical Center.

In a day of presentations, Collins heard from representatives of the University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, Mississippi State University and UMMC about their NIH-funded programs.  He also visited the Jackson Medical Mall to hear a presentation on the Jackson Heart Study.  The day marked the first visit of an NIH director to the Medical Center campus. 


Keeton to speak at luncheon

Keeton head 1015Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, will speak at the UMMC Alliance 2012 Fall Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union. Reservations cost $15 per person.

Reservations may be made online by Friday, Oct. 12, by visiting http://alliance.umc.edu. Reservations also can be made by sending a check for $15 per person to Barbara Kellett, UMMC Alliance, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.

For more information, call Maggie Cravey at 4-5578.


Appointments available for benefits changes

Benefit educators from Enrollment Advisors will be available to help Medical Center employees make decisions about benefit elections during open enrollment through Friday, Oct. 26.

Appointments may be made online through Lawson Employee Self Service. For more information, call 1-877-220-2323.


Hypertension society honors Hall

ErichsenDr. John Hall, associate vice chancellor for research and professor and chair of physiology and biophysics, received the Franz Volhard Award for Outstanding Research during the International Society of Hypertension’s annual meeting Oct. 3 in Sydney, Australia.

The award recognizes Hall’s research into the intra-renal renin-angiotensin system and pressure-natriuresis in hypertension.

“You are widely acknowledged by your colleagues to be a distinguished investigator responsible for outstanding work and an international leader in the field of hypertension,” wrote Stephen Harrap, ISH president, in a letter to Hall. “As a result of this, the Society feels that you are an ideal choice for the award.”

The Volhard award and lectureship was endowed by Farbwerke Hoechst in 1972 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Franz Volhard. A German internist credited with making seminal observations about the kidney, Volhard and his team explored kidney disease types, the organ’s renin-angiotensin system and its role in blood pressure regulation.

The award recognizes recipients’ contributions in the field of hypertension or in a related discipline.


Compliance training now available online

The Medical Center employees' mandatory annual compliance training will be available online on HealthStream through Friday, Nov. 30.

No make-up sessions will be offered. Those who fail to complete the training on time will be subject to disciplinary action.

To access the training, visit the UMMC intranet and select "HealthStream" under the "General Information" tab.

For more information, call the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944. 


UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Lisa Acree, dental assistant, Dental Hygiene

* Delose Banyard, health information systems manager, University Physicians

* Scherrie Beebe, nurse, Adult Cardiac Cath

* Pamela Cade, unit secretary, Pediatric ICU

* Sharron Flowers, inpatient nurse, Newborn ICU

* Ricky Knott, painter, Building Maintenance

10 Years

* Misty Allen, patient services coordinator, Antimicrobial Services

* Ida Berry, researcher, Jackson Heart Study

* Dr. Rajesh Bhagat, associate professor of medicine

* Marcus Blanton, officer, Campus Police

* Dr. Douglas Campbell, professor of medicine

* Kimberly Gladney, radiologic technologist, Diagnostic Radiology

* Toni Harris, nurse practitioner

* Victoria Harris, billing specialist, University Physicians

* Erica Thompson, director of health education disparities intervention core, Minority Health

5 Years

* Marsha Manuel, sponsored program administrator, School of Medicine

* Amy Mayhue, assistant director, Occupational Therapy

* Dr. Faiza Qureshi, assistant professor of psychiatry


Hollander to present pharmacology seminar

HollanderDr. John Hollander, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Division of Exercise Physiology, Center for Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, will present "Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Heart: Influence of Subcellular Location" at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, in classroom 6A.

For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690. 


Erichsen to discuss visuomotor behavior

Erichsen realDr. Jonathan T. Erichsen, senior lecturer and head of the Neuroscience and Molecular Biology Group and director of the Research Group for Nystagmus at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, will present "Dispatches from the Avian Front: Control of Visuomotor Behavior," from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, in room G151.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 


Ferber to give Psychiatry Rounds presentation

ferberDr. Richard Ferber, co-founder and former director of the Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders at the Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., and the world's preeminent expert on sleep in children, will present "Circadian Aspects of Pediatric Sleep" during Psychiatry Grand Rounds at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Kim Arnold at 4-5826. 


Pollock to present pharmacology seminar

D PollockDr. David Pollock, director of experimental medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University, will present a pharmacology seminar, "Endothelin: A True Guytonian Regulator of Blood Pressure," at noon on Monday, Oct. 22, in classroom 6A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Pam Banks at 4-1690. 


Pollock to give women’s health seminar

pollockDr. Jennifer Pollock, Weiss Professor and Director of Experimental Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, will present the Women's Health Research Center seminar, "Everything You Should Know about the Collecting Duct and Blood Pressure, but Were Afraid to Ask!" from 4-4:50 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in room R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Emily Colvin at 4-2103.   


Pastoral care event to give voice to community

Pastoral Care Services will host a series of Pastoral Care Week events, “Giving Voice,” Monday-Friday, Oct. 22-26, in and around the Medical Center Chapel.

The festivities will include worship, sacred stories, liturgical dances, songs, diversity education opportunities and devotional discussions.

Scheduled events include:

Monday, Oct. 22

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain

Noon Inaugural celebration in the University Hospital foyer: Dr. Ruth Black, the UMMC Choir and a Ballet Magnificat Trainee Company

Tuesday, Oct. 23

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Marvin Turner, billing specialist for University Physicians

10:30 a.m. “Patient Centered Care: Giving Voice to Culturally Diverse Patients” panel in room 7A

10:15 p.m. PCW staff and employee devotional, NSICU conference room

Wednesday, Oct. 24

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Hubie Nelson of Tabernacle Christian and former VAMC chaplain

11 a.m. Community Clergy and UMMC Clinician Luncheon and Health Education Fair at the Norman E. Nelson Student Union

Thursday, Oct. 25

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Doris Whitaker, hospital chaplain

10:30 a.m. Cultural Competency Fair, University Hospital business office corridor

10:15 p.m. PCW staff and employee devotional, NSICU conference room

Friday, Oct. 26

8:30 a.m. Morning Glory presentation by Timothy McGregor, hospital chaplain



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