May 7, 2018

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Women's health research, Field Lecture presentations top week's slate

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

Monday, May 7

Iowa cardio expert to review MD's angiotensinergic mechanisms


Dr. Rasna Sabharwal, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Iowa. will give the UMMC Women's Health Research Center presentation, "Angiotensinergic Mechanisms in Muscular Dystrophy and Dilated Cardiomyopathy," at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7, in classroom 3A.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Cherese Kelly at 4-1851.

Tuesday, May 8

Dentistry professor to highlight SOD's patient management system


Dr. Tracy Dellinger, professor of care planning and restorative sciences in the School of Dentistry, will give the Dental Grand Rounds presentation, "University of Mississippi School of Dentistry's Patient Management System: A 10,000-foot View," at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

For more information, call Angela Stokes at 4-6025 or email her at

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9

Northwestern surgeon to give Field Lecture, Grand Rounds


Dr. Mamta Swaroop, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery, Center for Global Health, Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, will give the Richard Jennings Field Jr. Lectureship in Surgery Tuesday-Wednesday, May 8-9.

Swaroop will present "TRUE Communities: An Evolution of Empowerment" at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the Oxford Room at the Westin Jackson at 407 South Congress Street. She will give the Field Lecture and Grand Rounds presentation, "The Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative: My Path to Academic Global Surgery," at 8 a.m. May 9 in room CW 106 of the Classroom Wing. A round table session with general surgery residents moderated by Dr. Christopher Anderson, chair of the Department of Surgery, will follow the lecture.

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


Wednesday, May 9

Heart research director to talk heart attack healing


Dr. Merry Lindsey, professor of physiology and biophysics and director of the Mississippi Center for Heart Research, will give the Department of Physiology and Biophysics seminar, "Cardiac Wound Healing after Myocardial Infarction," from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, in room CW308 of the Classroom Wing.
For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820.

CI faculty to host pharmaceutical collaboration discussion


Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, associate director for clinical and translational research in the UMMC Cancer Institute, will host a "Genetech Pipeline Presentation," one in a series of discussions with pharmaceutical company medical teams about collaboration in clinical research, from 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in room TR-315 in the Translational Research Center.

Four Genetech medical science liaisons will discuss drugs entering clinical trials, whether any may help Mississippians in cancer treatment, and research being conducted by UMMC Cancer Institute members.

Individuals involved in cancer care and research are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis. For more information, call Susan Roberts at 5-6802 or email her at


Thursday, May 10

Cancer Institute director to talk science, tech, culture


Dr. John C. Ruckdeschel, professor of medicine, professor of population health sciences, Ergon Chair in Cancer Research and UMMC Cancer Institute director, will give the Catholic Students Association lecture, "How Science, Technology and 21st Century Medicine Will Impact Culture and Society: Lesson for Mississippi," at noon on Thursday, May 10, in room SM-124 (the M2 lecture hall in the medical education building).

Lunch will be available to the first 50 in attendance. For more information, call Edgar Meyer at (662) 719-0276 or email him at  

Tuesday, May 15

HIT Center to host innovation forum 

health_innovation.jpgThe 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

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

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Frye and Biernacka

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

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