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

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.

  • 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



  • 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,