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    By gathering together scientists and physicians who share a drive to answer questions about the same diseases, research becomes more powerful, collaborations grow stronger and larger-scale projects become possible.

    Adding a clinical care dimension to a center or institute already focused on one disease gives patients access to the experts who work at the frontiers of the field.

    ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research

    The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment Education and Research has been helping Mississippians quit tobacco since 1999. Along with direct treatment of patients, training and community outreach, the center's wide variety of research includes clinical trials of promising drugs and basic-science investigations into the genetics of nicotine dependence. Genetics research is helping to identify which medications work best for certain individuals and for increasing understanding of the complexities of nicotine addiction.

    Cancer Institute

    The Cancer Institute combines basic science research, clinical trials of novel drugs and therapies and cutting-edge patient care. The institute is comprised of oncologists, radiologists, biochemists, microbiologists, pathologists and many other professionals. Many of the same doctors serving patients are the same physician-scientists engaging in oncology research. They study cancer genetics, seek to identify biomarkers for certain cancers and create next-generation drugs. The institute's overall goal is to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer.

    Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center

    In an effort to integrate the various cardiovascular and renal research programs at UMMC, the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center (CRRC) was established. With a long history of discovery, the center's wide-ranging investigations, led by Dr. Joey Granger, target the functions, interconnections and prevention of hypertension, heart, vascular and kidney diseases. The center is funded by Cardiovascular Dynamics and their Control, a 41-year program project grant from the National Institutes of Health, and several other NIH and American Heart Association grants.

    Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

    The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities works to integrate ethical decision making into the Medical Center's three missions: education, health care and research. The idea is to make ethics seamless, as it is in life, when nearly every activity can be viewed through a prism of right and wrong behavior. Incorporating ethics into health-care training and practice is relatively straightforward but research offers many paths.

    Center for Developmental Disorders Research

    UMMC has established the Center for Developmental Disorders Research (CDDR) to connect clinical and basic science in translational research on the causes, early identification, and long-term repercussions of abnormal development. The ultimate goal is to find new treatments or cures for these developmental disorders. The teams of researchers and clinicians working together for a better future under CDDR seeks to provide innovative research in areas such as identifying biomarkers in very and extremely pre-term and/or low birth weight babies (5.5 pounds or less); looking at the impact of parental genetics, health, and environment in early development; and exploring links between low birth weight and other developmental disorders, such as autism and other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

    Center for Informatics and Analytics

    The Center for Informatics and Analytics (CIA) is a comprehensive center that provides services to advance the missions of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The center's overarching goals focus on six areas: Design and leverage an infrastructure that supports clinical intelligence, research informatics, and education/population health informatics; Centralize and share data; Enhance and apply analytics to improve outcomes; Facilitate transformation of care delivery through collaborations that result in better care and lower cost; Increase research collaboration and productivity to remain competitive; and support existing educational programs while developing new educational opportunities.

    Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN)

    The Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN) tackles the neurobiology behind diseases and disorders such as depression and alcoholism. By relying on multidisciplinary teams - a mix of investigators and clinicians specializing in different areas - investigators study sleep disorders, major depression disorders and substance abuse work to draw lines between basic neurobiology and clinical psychiatry.  The CPN provides a diverse and nationally competitive research environment highly conducive to productive and modern research in psychiatric neuroscience.

    Center for Sialendoscopy and Salivary Gland Disorders

    The Center for Sialendoscopy and Salivary Gland Disorders was established to provide patient care, education and research of diseases related to the salivary gland. The center’s team, which consists of four surgeons with subspecialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of salivary gland diseases, offers the less invasive sialendoscopy as well as the more traditional surgical techniques. They also participate in research and the training of other physicians.

    Center for Telehealth

    In over half of Mississippi counties, patients must drive more than 40 minutes to receive specialty health care. Without access to quality care, our state is falling short on national health standards. The Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center is working to improve the availability of medical services in our state. Using online video technology, UMMC provides remote medical care, health education and public health services through telehealth. The Center for Telehealth offers telemedicine, wellness care, disaster response, workforce development, business development, research and education to people in all parts of our state.

    Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

    The Center of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics provides the latest in biostatistical and information science expertise to a wide range of clients at UMMC and beyond. We collaborate with biomedical researchers at UMMC and other academic health centers, pharmaceutical companies, medical research organizations, managed care providers, non-profit organizations and government agencies. We provide a wide range of services, education and guidance.

    Children's Cancer Center

    Our mission at the Mississippi Children's Cancer Center is to improve children's health through scientific discoveries attainable by conducting cutting edge research and translating the discoveries into clinical care. The creation of our multidisciplinary collaborative research team was motivated by the realization that team science and completely new strategies are needed if we are to develop novel curative therapies and early interventions for all childhood cancers. Our research team has deep expertise in the most lethal pediatric cancers, and are combining their experience and commitment to a sustained effort to improve cure rates.

    Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

    The UMMC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is dedicated to the care of those with epilepsy. The center offers state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of seizures/ epilepsy in adults and children. The center's goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life. Patients benefit from the intervention of an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologist, neuroradiologists, EEG technologists, clinical nurse specialists, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists.

    Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia (MIND) Center

    The MIND Center seeks to uncover the causes and risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Founded in 2010, the center's inaugural study is a large NIH-funded project that includes collaboration with scientists at top universities in the U.S. and that analyzes how brains age. By acquiring new health data on the nearly 16,000 members of the ARIC Study and combining it with data collected during ARIC's 20-year-plus history, center director Dr. Thomas Mosley and his fellow investigators are opening a unique window into physiological changes beginning in middle age that can culminate in Alzheimer's later in life.

    Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR)

    The Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR) at UMMC is at the forefront our state's efforts to develop a better understanding of the science underlying obesity and to translate discoveries into specific prevention and treatment methods for obesity and related conditions in adults and children. MCOR is also the centerpiece of an aggressive, coordinated strategy to bring together researchers, health-care providers, state and local governments, business leaders and community groups to provide solutions to the obesity epidemic in Mississippi. 

    Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities

    Established in 2014, the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities, serves as the research arm of the Office of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Through a family-centered approach, the Evers-Williams Institute seeks to decrease health disparities through, education, research, research training, and community-based programs and services.

    University Comprehensive Stroke Center

    The University Comprehensive Stroke Center focuses on research, education and clinical care for stroke, the leading cause of disability in the United States. Mississippi lies in the "Stroke Belt," a region of the country with the highest death rate due to stroke. The center's multidisciplinary team fills stroke-specific needs, including education of stroke providers and research on reducing disparities in stroke outcomes. 

    Women's Health Research Center

    The Women's Health Research Center was created in 2009 with the realization that improvement of women's health represents a major unmet health-care need for Mississippi and that research devoted to women's health would form the cornerstone of efforts to meet these needs. Led by Dr. Jane Reckelhoff, the center fosters basic and clinical research into sex-based differences in diseases and health issues specific to women. It also promotes education of basic and clinical researchers, physicians, medical students and the general public in the area of women's health.