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Commencement, Penn neuroscientist's talk highlight upcoming events

Published on Monday, May 18, 2015

Published on May 18, 2015

A number of interesting events is scheduled for the upcoming week at the Medical Center.

Tuesday, May 19

MIND Center, organizations to offer disease conference

The MIND Center, the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Mississippi Department of Mental Health's Division of Alzheimer's and Other Dementia, and the Alzheimer's Association's Mississippi Chapter will host an "Alzheimer's, Diabetes and Hypertension: An Evidence-based Approach to Chronic Disease Management" conference for physicians and mid-level providers from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at the Downtown Marriot in Jackson.

Attendees may receive six AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. For more information or to register, visit or call Denise Lafferty at 4-6019.


Penn neuroscientist to discuss mesolimbic reward system


Dr. Matthew Hayes, assistant professor of nutritional neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry at the Parelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, will present "Amylin Regulates Energy Balance Through Action in the Mesolimbic Reward System," part of the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series, from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, in classroom 5A (North Wing 521).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.



Wednesday, May 20

Physiologist to weigh in on obesity, preeclampsia risk

Dr. Frank Spradley, instructor in physiology and biophysics, will present the Physiology Seminar, "Increased Risk for Developing Preeclampsia in Obese Pregnancies: Weighing in on the Mechanisms," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.      


Friday, May 22

Jones, Woodward to speak at 59th Commencement

Dr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean, School of Medicine, will address approximately 3,000 guests at the Medical Center's 59th annual Commencement for graduating physicians, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals and graduate students in the health sciences at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22, in the Mississippi Coliseum.

During the ceremony, students will learn whether they are graduating with summa cum laude, magna cum laude or cum laude honors, and the most outstanding students from each school will receive awards.

For more information, email Laura Hodge at


On the horizon

Washington U professor to give Hardy presentation


Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Bixby Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, and surgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, will give two presentations during the James D. Hardy Surgical Forum and Lecture May 27 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Eberlein will present "Delivering High Quality Cancer Care in the Future" at 8:30 a.m. and the James D. Hardy Lecture, "Building an Academic Department of Surgery," at 3 p.m. The daylong event also will include an M and M Conference and resident presentations.

For more information about the forum and lectureship, call Cheryl Dunson at 5-1226 or email her at

UAB psych chair to discuss MicroRNAs, depression


Dr. Yogesh Dwivedi, Elesabeth Ridgely Shock Endowed Chair of Psychiatry and director of translational research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will give the keynote address, "MicroRNAs in Major Depression: Pathophysiological and Therapeutic Applications," during the annual Neuroscience Research Day event at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 29, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Sponsored by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences, the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, and the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, Neuroscience Research Day supports neuroscience research and collaboration at UMMC with neuroscientists and students from other Mississippi colleges and universities.

The day's events also will include a poster session from 9-11 a.m. in the student union gymnasium. Lunch at noon, workshops from 1-2:30 p.m. and final presentations from 3-4:30 p.m. in second-floor conference rooms A-D in the student union.

For more information about Neuroscience Research Day, call Karneilla McGee at 4-1686 or email her at


Marston Symposium to focus on race, medicine

The second Robert Q. Marston Symposium on Race and Medicine is scheduled from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, June 5, in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The symposium is free for Medical Center physicians not seeking AMA credit, $10 for non-UMMC physicians or $45 for physicians seeking AMA credit. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

For more information, call Lynn Conerly at 4-1308 or email