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Stocking up for an Express run to the Delta

School of Nursing faculty, from left, Linda Patton, Treasie Williams and Dr. Lisa Haynie load up a Medical Center van with supplies for the Mercy Delta Express Bus at a Jackson Dollar Tree Sept. 20.

The items were donated by the nonprofit organization Hope and Comfort, based in Massachusetts, which is committed to providing needy adults and children with basic and essential personal hygiene products.

Last chance to schedule benefits appointments

mark date 2Benefit educators from Enrollment Advisors will be available to help Medical Center employees make decisions about benefit elections during open enrollment from Oct. 2-26.

Appointments to consult with the educators must be made by 5 p.m. today (Monday, Oct. 1). They also may be made online through Lawson Employee Self Service.

For more information, call 1-877-220-2323.

Opportunities abound at physicians fair

Dr. Ed Hill, left, family medicine residency program director at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, speaks with Kristie Alvarez, School of Medicine Class of 2015 student, during the Family Medicine Interest Group's Physicians Opportunity Fair Sept. 26 at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

The annual event brings health-care organizations to UMMC so residents and medical students can preview potential employment opportunities.

AHA honors do Carmo for cardiac research

do carmoDr. Jussara do Carmo, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, received the 2012 Harry Goldblatt Award for New Investigators during the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions Sept. 19-22 in Washington, D.C.

The award recognizes an early career investigator each year and highlights his or her contribution toward understanding blood pressure control, hypertension and related cardiovascular disease.

In her research, do Carmo investigates the effects of the hormone leptin on blood pressure and appetite.

The presentation marked the second year a faculty member from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics received the award. In 2011, Dr. Alejandro Chade, associate professor of physiology, received it.

The award is named after Dr. Harry Goldblatt, a pathologist who established the first animal model of hypertension in 1934. His model provided researchers the tools to delineate the renin-angiotensin system of blood pressure control and, eventually, to design enzyme inhibitors to treat chronic hypertension.

UNACARE event draws community interest

Dr. Kim Hoover, dean of the School of Nursing, points out features of the new UNACARE Health Center location to community members, from left, Beth Kander and Malkie Schwartz, as well as Dr. Sharon Lobert, professor of nursing and associate dean for research, practice and evaluation, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, during the clinic's open house Sept. 24.

M2s complete hypertension research program

Three medical students recently finished a summer research program aimed at increasing their interest in becoming physician scientists.

During the 10-week program sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular Renal Research and the American Heart Association, second-year medical students Megan Storm, Ryan Davidovich and Jay Hogg dove into hypertension research.

Dr. Joey Granger, professor of physiology and medicine, and director of the cardiovascular renal research center, recommended the students for the program. An American Heart Association Institutional Health Sciences Fellowship grant paid each of the students a $4,000 stipend.

Storm worked in the laboratory of Dr. David Stec, associate professor of physiology, helping with a project investigating the role of heme oxygenase in regulating hypertension. Davidovich worked alongside Dr. Alejandro Chade, associate professor of physiology, researching endothelin receptors in the regulation of hypertension.

Hogg worked in the physiology lab of Dr. Babette LaMarca, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, on two separate projects. In one, they targeted the role of IL17, an inflammatory cytokine, in preeclampsia. In the other, they examined genetic markers in uterine fibroid tumors.

The students took medical physiology in their first year of medical school, but this hands-on laboratory experience took that knowledge to a new, applied level, they said.

For more information on the AHA-sponsored summer research program for medical students, call the Cardiovascular Renal Center at 5-1436.

ESH’s flu vaccine campaign continues

Keeton FluThe Employee/Student Health Department will continue a flu vaccine campaign through Wednesday, Oct. 8, at various locations throughout the Medical Center.

All Medical Center employees must complete a HealthStream assessment to receive the flu vaccine (Locate HealthStream on the UMMC intranet under Hot Spots). Students do not have to complete the assessment. Bring your UMMC ID badge.

The vaccine will be available:

* from 8 a.m.-noon Monday, Oct. 1, in the second- and third-floor conference rooms at the Central Billing Office in Clinton;

* from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grant's Ferry Clinic;

* from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Mirror Lake Clinic; and

* from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, e-mail Elham Ghonim at

UMMC staff receive service recognition

The Medical Center is proud to acknowledge those employees who will celebrate service anniversaries this week:

25 Years

* Barbara Tolleson, nurse practitioner, Radiology

20 Years

* Dr. William Sorey, professor of pediatrics

* Susan Tierneytutor, education administrator, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Pathology

15 Years

* Patricia Taylor, patient care technician, Wiser Oncology

10 Years

* Shana Cook, billing specialist, University Physicians

* Holly Loper, occupational therapist, Occupational Therapy

* Robert McElhaney, associate comptroller, Accounting Department

* Dr. Anwer Siddiqi, associate professor of pathology

* William Smith, electrician, Building Maintenance

* Dr. Amy Sullivan, associate professor of dental hygiene

* Stanley Travis, technician, Environmental Services

5 Years

* Loai Alzghoul, graduate assistant, Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences

* Dr. Istvan Arany, professor of pediatric nephrology

* Daryl Johnson, house officer, Neurosurgery

* Jeffrey Kent, radiation therapist, Cancer Center Radiation Oncology

* Shellon Roberts, stock control clerk, Respiratory Therapy

* Barrie Spera, nurse educator, Ambulatory Surgery

* Leslie Taylor, physical therapist, Adult Rehabilitation

Mukhopadhyay to give research presentation

 MukhopadhyayDr. Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and associate director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, will present "Anti-angiogenesis Therapy: Past, Present and Future" at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in room G-151 on the first floor of the Arthur Guyton Research Library.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call 5-6802.  

Participants needed for kidney walk

ms kidneyEmployees of the Medical Center's dialysis units are seeking participants in the Mississippi Kidney Foundation's Michael Rubenstein Memorial Kidney Walk scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, in the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson.

Any donation from any Medical Center employee can be specified to be used for patient emergencies for UMMC dialysis patients, UMMC kidney transplant patients or UMMC pediatric nephrology patients. All of the money raised by Medical Center participants will be used for one of the three designated groups.

For more information or to participate in the walk, call David Clarke at 5-9563.   

Diabetes walk teams seek participants

sugar dog smallSeveral teams from the Medical Center are seeking participants in the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi's "Mississippi Walk for Diabetes" scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7, in Jackson.

The foundation provides a wide range of services and programs to more than 372,000 Mississippians who have diabetes, including many patients and families served by the Medical Center.

For more information or to volunteer to participate in the walk, call Celeste Eason at 5-4700.    

DEA to give controlled substance presentation

Officials from the Jackson District Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give a presentation on the use of controlled substances in research at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, in classroom 6A.

The seminar will include information on how to apply for a DEA registration, modification or termination of a DEA registration, inventory requirements, record-keeping requirements and security requirements.

For more information, call Marjorie West at 5-5000. 

Compliance training now available online

The Medical Center employees' mandatory annual compliance training will be available online on HealthStream through Friday, Nov. 30.

No make-up sessions will be offered. Those who fail to complete the training on time will be subject to disciplinary action.

To access the training, visit the UMMC Intranet and select "HealthStream" under the "General Information" tab. For more information, call the Office of Integrity and Compliance at 5-3944. 

First Lady Deborah Bryant visits Batson

Mississippi First Lady Deborah Bryant greets 10-month-old Dylan Lee and his mother, Casadi, from Meridian, during a tour of the Batson Children's Hospital Pediatric Intensive Care Unit last Thursday.  Making her second visit to the hospital since becoming first lady, Bryant met with Medical Center officials about plans for a Children's Heart Center.

For more news and information of interest to the Medical Center family, visit Medical Center News online

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