Centers and Institutes

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  • UMMC Centers and Institutes

    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.

    Below is a sampling of UMMC's many centers and institutes. A complete list is featured in the right-hand navigation.

    ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research

    The center has been helping Mississippians quit tobacco use 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 identify which medications work best for certain individuals and for increasing understanding of the complexities of nicotine addiction.

    Cancer Institute

    The institute combines basic science research, clinical trials of novel drugs and therapies, and cutting-edge patient care. It is comprised of oncologists, radiologists, biochemists, microbiologists, pathologists and many other professionals. Many of the doctors serving patients are also 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 (CRRC)

    In an effort to integrate the various cardiovascular and renal research programs at UMMC, the 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 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 healthcare training and practice is relatively straightforward, but research offers many paths.

    Center for Developmental Disorders Research (CDDR)

    UMMC established the CDDR to connect clinical and basic science in translational research on the causes, early identification and long-term repercussions of abnormal development. The goal is to find new treatments or cures for these developmental disorders. Teams of researchers and clinicians working together for a better future under CDDR seek 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 Psychiatric Neuroscience (CPN)

    The 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 to draw lines between basic neurobiology and clinical psychiatry. The center provides a diverse and nationally competitive research environment highly conducive to productive and modern research in psychiatric neuroscience.

    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 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 offers telemedicine, wellness care, disaster response, workforce development, business development, research and education to people in all parts of our state.

    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 Heart Research

     The Mississippi Center for Heart Research is dedicated to performing cardiovascular research that involves:

    • Developing multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the cardiovascular system responds to injury or stress;
    • Applying the knowledge gained to develop diagnostic tools and therapeutic strategies to prevent, slow, or reverse cardiovascular disease progression;
    • Disseminating our results to scientific, medical and general communities; and
    • Educating the next generation of scientists.

    Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR)

    The center is at the forefront of 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, healthcare providers, state and local governments, business leaders and community groups to provide solutions to the obesity epidemic in Mississippi.

    Mississippi Children's Cancer Center

    The center's mission 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 a multidisciplinary collaborative research team was motivated by the realization that team science and completely new strategies are needed 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 is combining experience and commitment to a sustained effort to improve cure rates.

    Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities

    Established in 2014, the institute serves as the research arm of the Office of Population Health at UMMC. Through a family-centered approach, the faculty and staff seek to decrease health disparities through, education, research, research training and community-based programs and services.

    University Comprehensive Stroke Center

    The 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 a high death rate due to stroke. Our 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 center was created in 2009 with the realization that improvement of women's health represents a major unmet healthcare 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.

    Additional centers

    • Center for Comparative Research 
    • Center for Genetic Medicine 
    • Family Medicine Center
    • Center for Integrative Health 
    • Neuroscience Institute
    • Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research