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Latest news, seminars, and publications related to the MCCTR:

Upcoming Events:

  • 2018 Mississippi IDeA Conferene: "Big Ideas for Improving the Lives of Mississippians," July 27th, 2018 @ the Westin in Jackson, MS. Find more Information here!

Joint Seminar Series

The joint Seminar Series is hosted by the MCCTR, Mississippi Center for Obesity Research, and the Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center.

  • 3/14/18 - Steven Smith, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer/Senior Vice President, Florida Hospital; Scientific Director, Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism; Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona. “Epigenetic Regulation of Adipose Tissue”
  • 1/11/18 - Timothy Garvey, M.D., Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Professor of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Diabetes Prevention in Obesity: Strategies Based on Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Stratification”
  • 12/14/17 - "Management of Childhood Obesity and Cardiovascular Risks in Primary Care Settings," Dr. Goutham Rao, Case Western Reserve University.
  • 11/9/207 - "Metabolomics reveals new cardiometabolic disease mechanisms and intervention strategies," Dr. Chris Newgard, Duke University, School of Medicine.
  • 11/2/2017 - "Health Implicactions of Type 2 Diabetes Genetics," Dr. James Meigs, Harvard Medical School.
  • 10/26/17 - "Role of Cell Specific Mineralocorticoid Receptor activation in Cardiovascular Stiffness and impared Relaxation," Dr. James Sowers, University of Missouri, School of Medicine.
  • 10/5/2017 - "Sex Steroids, Coupling and Age Related-Bone Loss," De. Sundeep Khosla, Mayo Clinic, Center for Clinical and Translational Science.
  • 9/21/2017 - "Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS): An Option to Treat Obesity in the Underserved," Dr. Nia Mitchell, Duke University, School of Medicine.
  • 8/31/17 – “Obesity: Why is Weight Loss so Difficult to Maintain?,” Steven Heymsfield, MD, Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
  • 8/24/17 – “Of Mice and Man: The Regulation of Aldosterone Biosynthesis in Primary Aldosteronism,” Celso Gomez-Sanchez, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center.
  • 6/30/17 – “Metabolic Surgery: A Cure for Diabetes and Obesity?,” Philip Schauer, MD, FACS, Professory of Surgery and Director, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic.
  • 6/15/17 – “Quantitative Studies of Energy Balance: Implications for Dietary Interventions,” Corby Martin, PhD, Associate Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
  • 5/17/17 – UMMC Seminar: “Regulation of Metabolic Homeostasis by Long Non-Coding RNAs,” Dr. Haiming Cao, NHLBI.
  • 4/13/17 – “New Ways of Thinking: How We View Our Patients Struggling with Obesity,” Donna Ryan, MD, Professor Emerita and Interim Executive Director, Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
  • 3/29/17 – MCCTR Seminar: “Cardiac C-Kit Biology: Revealed to be Relevant,” Dr. Mark Sussman, San Diego State University.
  • UMMC Seminar: "Community Matters" Community Engaged Research to Reduce Disparities in HIV Infection," Amy Nunn, ScD, Associate Professor of Public Health and Medicine, Brown University.
  • 3/22/2017 - “The New Biology of Type 2 Diabetes,” Gerald I. Shulman, MD, PhD, George R. Cowgill Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) and Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Co-Director, Yale Diabetes Research Center; Director, Yale Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center
  • 3/15/2017 - “Metabolic Signaling and the Regulation of Myocardial Autophagy,” Dale Abel, MD, PhD, Chair and Departmental Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
  • 1/27/2017 - "Translational Treatment for Obesity with Repurposed Drugs and Foods," Frank Greenway, MD - Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • 1/12/2017 - “Ethnic Disparities in Obesity and Metabolic Risk,” Nikki Bush, PhD - University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • 10/27/2016 - "Measuring the SAD (Abdominal Height) as a Low-Cost Indicator of Visceral Fat and Cardiometabolic Dysfunction," Henry Kahn, MD.
  • 10/06/2016 - "Obesity and Cardiometabolic Risk: Implications for Population Health(care) Strategies," Brent Egan, MD
  • 10/03/2016 - "Role of immune mechanisms in mediating the hypertension and pathophysiology associated with preeclampsia," Babbette Lamarca, PhD
  • 09/28/2016 - "Impact of Maternal Bariatric Surgery on In Utero Development: Learning From a Rodent Model," Bernadette Grayson, PhD
  • 09/22/2016 - "The Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research," James G. Wilson, MD - Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research


Recent Events

  • 2/27/18 - Today's Heart Research, Tomorrow's Cures, a series of discussions presented by UMMC researcher, hosted by UMMC Research. The event will take place 5:30 - 7:30pm and a light dinner will be provided.
  • The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from Aug. 14-18, 2017. The application due date is May 12, 2017, at 5 p.m. (local time). For information about the 2017 HDRI as well as information about how to apply, visit the website,