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  • Multidisciplinary team provides fresh approach to sleep apnea therapy
  • EPIC training team preps Medical Center staff before EHR launch

Mayor boosts national cancer study effort

Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson speaks out in support of the national Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) while Dr. Gail Megason, professor of pediatric hematology and oncology, looks on during a press conference Feb. 8 in the UMMC Conference Center at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. The study seeks to enroll approximately 1,000 Jackson-area residents who have never had cancer. Participants will receive periodic surveys throughout the next 20-30 years, which will help scientists understand factors contributing to cancer. For more information about CPS-3, visit

Pharmacology faculty welcome Mo

mo_yinDr. Yin-Yuan Mo has joined the Medical Center faculty as a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the Cancer Genetics Program at the UMMC Cancer Institute.

After receiving the B.S. in plant sciences from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, in 1982, Mo earned the Ph.D. in plant pathology at Washington State University, Pullman, in 1991. He served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Microbiology at Washington State from 1992-94.

In 1995, Mo joined the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis as an associate investigator in the Departments of Molecular Pharmacology and Tumor Cell Biology. Two years later, he joined the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he served as a research assistant professor in the Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and an adjunct assistant professor and an adjunct associate professor of biopharmaceutical sciences. In 2003, he became an assistant professor in the Cancer Institute/Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, rising to associate professor in 2006.

An active member of several professional organizations and an invited speaker internationally, Mo has coauthored more than 60 articles in peer-reviewed publications. The joint holder of two patents, Mo’s ongoing research interests include epigenetic regulation of genes involved in tumorigenesis and chemoresistance, and long non-coding RNA-mediated gene expression in cancer.

UMMC staff receive service recognition

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

15 Years

* Julie Cushman, inpatient nurse in the Winfred L. Wiser Hospital for Women and Infants

* Jo King, recruiter in Nurse Recruitment and Retention

* Sonya Newsome, coordinator in Kidney Transplant

* Mary Schow, accountant in Psychiatry

* Mary Smith, ambulatory nurse in Ob-Gyn

10 Years

* Elizabeth Bunn, billing specialist for University Physicians

* Jessica Lowery, inpatient nurse in the Adult Chest Pain Unit

* Harold Nichols, CRNA in Anesthesia

* Kesha Prystupa, clinical outcomes coordinator in Trauma Management

* Amy Surmeli, administrative assistant in the Cancer Institute

5 Years

* David Alonzo, nurse in the Surgical Suite

* Tanya Davis, ambassador

* Jennifer Evans, nurse in the Bone Marrow Unit

* Katherine Hall, inpatient nurse in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Paul Johnson, food service aide in the Cafeteria

* Arnaldo Lopez-Ruiz, house officer in Medicine

* Evelyn Martin, nurse in the GES Program

* Jennifer Neal, patient care technician in University Hospital

* Jacqueline Palokas, nurse manager in the Batson Children’s Hospital

* Etoile Patrick, nurse in the Dialysis Outpatient Unit

* Margaret Smith, clinical research nurse in Digestive Diseases

* Janice Watts, performance improvement analyst for University Physicians

* Latoya Williams, patient access specialist in Admissions

Harris, Giesecke to host MAP meetings

map_leadersJanet Harris, interim CEO of UHHS, and Guy Giesecke, CEO of Batson Children's Hospital, will host a series of half-hour "Motivating, Achieving, Progressing (MAP)" meetings for UMHC employees from 3:30-4 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in room R153; from 3:30-4 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in room S123; from 2-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in room R153; from 3-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at the CBO Building in Clinton; and from 3-3:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Community Meeting Room at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. To watch the Feb. 16 meeting live online, visit, select the "What's New" button, select "Link to Live Streaming" and find the "Live Stream" channel among the list at right. For more information about the MAP meetings, call Tonya Moore at 4-4104.

Nelson lecturer receives recognition

Dr. Joey Granger, professor of physiology and biophysics, presents a plaque of appreciation to Dr. Eric Olsen, right, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science, Anne and Willie Nelson Professor, Pogue Distinguished Chair on Cardiac Birth Defects and professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, for presenting the 16th Gertrude and Florian Nelson Cardiovascular Research Lecture Feb. 9 at the Medical Center.

Cooper to present anesthesia conference

cooper_johnDr. John R. Cooper Jr. of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, will present the Anesthesia Clinical Conference, "Anesthetic Management of Thoracic Aneurysms," at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in classroom 6A. For more information, call Kathy Wade-Butler at 4-5914.

Helms dinner to benefit Children's Heart Fund

The second annual Pierce Allen Helms Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction to benefit the Children's Heart Fund at Batson Children's Hospital is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, in the multipurpose room at Brandon High School. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event will include music by Brian Robinson and catering by Annie D's. Mississippi Blood Services will host a blood drive beginning at 4 p.m. For more information, call Rhonda at 4-5489.

Make a Difference Run/Walk to benefit Friends

logo_fochThe fourth annual SouthGroup Insurance Make a Difference 5K Run/Walk to benefit Friends of Children's Hospital is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Woodlands Office Park in Ridgeland. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. with a one-mile fun run to follow immediately. The event will include space jumps and activities for children. Snacks and drinks will be available for all participants. Early registration for the run/walk is $20; registration will cost $25 on the day of the race. Registration for the fun run will be $10. All participants will receive a race T-shirt. Teams are welcome to join in honor or memory of a patient or friend. "Spirit runners" can receive a T-shirt for $15. To register for the race online, visit For more information, call Melanie Schade at 4-5273 or visit

Pastoral Services to offer Ash Wed. services

 The Department of Pastoral Services will offer Ash Wednesday services, including the traditional service of Imposition of Ashes and communion, at 7 a.m. and at noon on Feb. 22 at the UMMC Chapel. All Medical Center faculty, staff, students, patients, families and visitors are invited. Anyone interested in assisting with the services may call Dr. Ruth Black at 5-2112.

School of Pharmacy dedication slated Feb. 23

The Medical Center Family is invited to the dedication ceremony for the School of Pharmacy Instructional and Research Facility at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in front of the school. A reception and tours will follow immediately. For more information, send an e-mail to

Taste of the U to benefit UMMC Alliance

taste_pigTaste of the U, the Medical Center’s annual culinary extravaganza to benefit the UMMC Alliance, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center. Tickets to the event and Taste-themed T-shirts are available for sale from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 and on Friday, Feb. 24, at the entrance to McDonald's, the Wiser Hospital lobby and the Student Union. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for children under 12. T-shirts cost $10 each. Taste tickets also are available online at

Annual radiothon to benefit Batson Hospital

logo_radiothonRadio stations from Jackson and Meridian will broadcast the 11th annual Mississippi Miracles Radiothon to benefit the Batson Children's Hospital from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 29-March 2. Jackson radio stations Y101.7, US 96.3 and Mix 98.7 will broadcast live from the Children's Hospital lobby; Meridian radio stations 97OKK, Kiss 104.1, Q101 and 105.7 The Beat will broadcast from Meridian. Radio hosts will interview current and former Batson Children's Hospital patients, their families and hospital staff and will ask listeners to call in pledges to benefit the hospital. The money will be used to purchase equipment and fund research and programs that ensure the hospital can provide the most advanced level of medical care for Mississippi's children. To make a donation, call 601-984-KIDS (5437) or 1-888-681-KIDS (5437).

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