May 10, 2018

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HIT, Faith Forums highlight upcoming week's events

Several interesting events are scheduled for the upcoming weeks at the Medical Center.

Tuesday, May 15

HIT Center to host innovation forum 

The Health Innovation and Transformation Center will host the inaugural HIT Forum from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, in the student union.

The HIT Forum is an interactive event where health innovators from UMMC and across the state will share their ideas for improving the health of Mississippians.

The forum will feature a start-up pitch competition for innovative health care solutions from anywhere in the world. The winner will receive a $25,000 investment from Plug and Play Tech Ventures, an opportunity to pilot the solution at UMMC, start-up coaching from the HIT Center, intellectual property review from the UMMC Innovation, Development and Licensing (formerly Technology Transfer) Office, and a suite in the business incubator in the Translational Research Center.

To apply for the competition, email a link to your business to Terrence Hibbert at

The HIT Forum’s business plan competition is open to students and faculty from any Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning member. The winner of the business plan competition will receive $5,000, start-up coaching from the HIT Center and intellectual property review from the IDL office. Submissions are due Friday, April 27.

IHL members also are invited to submit entries for a poster session by Friday, May 4. For more information, email Terrence Hibbert at

Wednesday, May 16

Neurobiology faculty to uncover SCI metabolic dysfunction

Dr. Bernadette Grayson, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics Seminar presentation, "Uncovering the Propensity Towards Metabolic Dysfunction After SCI: Using a Rodent Model of Thoracic Spinal Contusion," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.


Thursday, May 17

ThinkArtMusic composer to offer 'Sound Remedy'

Dr. Igor Iwanek, a composer, performer and educator with ThinkArtMusic, L.L.C., SoundMind, will give the Faith Forum Lecture Series presentation, "Sound as Remedy," at noon on Thursday, May 17, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

Attendees will "discover how sound paired with conscious breathing, rhythmical entrainment and sense internalization can serve as a powerful modern-day ailments' remedy and deep relaxation agent to be used effectively in hospital as well as daily life."

The lecture is sponsored by the UMMC Faith Forum, the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Refreshments will be available to the first 50 in attendance. For more information, call Edgar Meyer at (662) 719-0276 or email him at      

Monday, May 21

Mayo Clinic faculty to offer bipolar biobank lesson

Dr. Mark Frye, director of the Mayo Mood Clinic and Research Program, and Dr. Joanna Biernacka, director of the Mayo Clinic Psychiatric Genomics and Pharmagenomics Program, will give a Grand Rounds presentation, "Building a Bipolar Disorder Biobank: Lesson Learned," at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 21, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

For more information, call Alexis Hicks at 5-5588.


Mayo Clinic epidemiologist to talk pharmacogenomics opps

Dr. Suzette J. Bielinski, associate professor of epidemiology, Department of Health Science Research, Mayo Clinic, will give the University Research and Mayo Clinic presentation, "Pharmacogenomics: The Opportunities and Challenges of Clinical Implementation," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in lecture hall M124 of the medical education building.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Cari Fowler at 5-8923 or email her at  


Wednesday, May 23

Washington faculty to compare drug, CODA outcomes

Dr. Giana Davidson, assistant professor of general surgery and adjunct assistant professor of health services at the University of Washington, will give the Department of Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, "Development of a Nationwide Randomized Trial Collaborative in Acute Care Surgery: The Comparing Outcomes of Drugs and Appendectomy (CODA) Trial," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing.

Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, call Jodi Boyd at 4-5102 or email


JHS statistical geneticist to lead health disparities discussion

Dr. Solomon Musani, associate professor of medicine and Jackson Heart Study statistical geneticist, will lead the Health Disparities Journal Club session, "Gene-by-psychosocial Factor Interactions Influence Diastolic Blood Pressure in European and African Ancestry Populations: Meta-analysis of Four Cohort Studies," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, in conference room D in the student union.

The discussion is presented by the Myrlie Evers-Williams Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities. All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information or to RSVP, call Felicia Caples at 5-9019 or email her at

Monday, June 4

Data Sciences interim chair to discuss computer simulation

Robert L. Hester, professor of physiology, interim chair of the Department of Data Sciences and director of the Center for Computational Medicine, will give the Population Health Grand Rounds presentation, "Use of Computer Simulation to Understand Population Responses to Therapy," from noon-1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, in the fourth floor conference room of the research center.

For more information, email Sondra Redmont at

Wednesday, June 20

Mayo Clinic faculty to entertain nerve biopsy's role

Dr. Robert J. Spinner, professor of neurosurgery, orthopaedics and anatomy at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, will give the Neuroscience Grand Rounds 2018 Orlando J. Andy Lecture, "The Evolving Role of Nerve Biopsy," from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, in the Bank Plus Conference Center on the second floor atrium mall of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center.

Continuing medical education credit is available. For more information, call Robin French at 4-5705 or email her at