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MIND Matters, Cancer Institute director candidate's presentations highlight week's agenda

Published on Monday, August 15, 2016

Published on August 15, 2016

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

Monday, Aug. 15

Millsaps professor to explain music's cognitive connection


Dr. Tim Coker, emeritus professor of music at Millsaps College, will give the MIND Center's "MIND Matters" community education series presentation, "Music Stirs the Mind: Building Cognitive Connections Through Music," from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, in the second-floor conference rooms A and B of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Check-in and registration for the free community education series is scheduled from 5:30-6 p.m. For more information or to register, call 5-4237 or email


Tuesday, Aug. 16

Cancer Institute director candidate to discuss lung cancer


Dr. John Ruckdeschel, a medical oncologist in Las Vegas affiliated with Mountain View Hospital and a candidate for the UMMC Cancer Institute directorship, will present the seminar, "It's Not Your Father's Lung Cancer Anymore," from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Maggie Cunningham at 4-5578.


Otago physiologist to chime in on brain circuits


Dr. Rebecca Campbell, associate dean of research in the Department of Physiology at the University of Otago, will present "Understanding the Role of Hypothalamic Brain Circuits in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16 in room CW108 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The presentation is part of the Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences Seminar Series.

For more information, call Karneilla McGee at 4-1686.



Wednesday, Aug. 17

Surgery chair to provide steatohepatitis perspective


Dr. Christopher D. Anderson, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis: The New Epidemic, A Surgical Perspective," at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in room CW 308 of the Classroom Wing.

Continuing medical education credits are available. For more information, email Carol Hollingsworth at


Maternal fetal specialist to lead journal club discussion


Dr. Michelle Y. Owens, associate professor of maternal fetal medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will serve as the discussion leader for the next Health Disparities Journal Club session, scheduled from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in conference room D on the second floor of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Owens will discuss “Factors Associated with High-risk Rural Women Giving Birth in Non-NICU Hospital Settings.”

All Medical Center faculty, staff, and students are invited. The journal club is sponsored by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities.

For more information or to register to attend the discussion, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at



Virginia biomedical engineer to remodel cardiac biology


Dr. Jeff Saucerman, associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, will present "When Not to Listen to Your Heart: Systems Biology of Cardiac Remodeling," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Refreshments will be available on a first-come basis.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.



On the horizon

Former U.S. agriculture secretary to give Edelman Lecture


Mike Espy, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and former U.S. Representative from the Second District of Mississippi, will present the third annual Marian Wright Edelman Lectureship from 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Conference Rooms A-C in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The lectureship, which will focus on food and food systems as social determinants of health, is presented by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities and Mississippi State University.

For more information, visit; to register, call Sydnie Wagner at 5-9544 or email



UM chancellor to speak at annual fall faculty meeting


Dr. Jeffrey S. Vitter, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. LouAnn Woodward, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak during the fall faculty meeting at noon on Thursday, Sept. 29, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

Vitter and Woodward will provide updates on the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. The agenda also will include recognition of faculty with 20 years of service.

Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883 or email her at