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M4s meet their match at annual ceremony

Julie Scoggin helps her father, Darren, reveal that he will be doing his residency training in pediatrics at UMMC during the Medical Center's annual Match Day ceremony March 21 at the downtown Marriot in Jackson.

One hundred twenty-eight fourth-year students in the School of Medicine participated in the national event in which graduating medical students learn where they will begin their residency programs. Approximately one-third of the students matched at UMMC.

For more about Match Day 2014, including video, click here:

Rad-colored runners benefit Children's Hospital

Thousands of runners gathered in Jackson March 22 for the Color Me Rad 5K, part of the 2014 Zippity Doo Dah Weekend event in the Fondren neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds raised by the race benefits Friends of Children's Hospital.


Prepsters pound pavement for Cancer Institute

Jackson Preparatory School seniors Anna Grace Buchanan, left, and Cara Lee Crawford donate proceeds from their 5K race, "Pounding the Pavement for a Cure," to research at the UMMC Cancer Institute on March 20.

It is the second year the students have donated proceeds from the race to the institute.

Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, Cancer Institute director, said the two-race total of $27,060 will be used to purchase a cryostat machine. Researchers will use the machine to cut frozen tumor tissue samples for histological slides.

Buchanan and Crawford each lost a family member to cancer and organized the race to honor their loved ones. The Jackson Prep class of 2014 adopted the second race as its senior project and hosted the event in December at Liberty Park in Flowood.

UMMC’s stroke team receives guideline honor

Earl Coleman, third from left, director of quality improvement initiatives for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, presents the 2014 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award to members of the Medical Center's stroke team, including, from left, Neal Kiihnl, manager of the stroke program, Debra Walters, 4 South nurse manager, Melissa Marter, 4 South nurse, Jessica Milner, pharmacology/toxicology researcher, and Dr. Rebecca Sugg, assistant professor of neurology, March 19. 

Med Center leaders honor peds ICU members

Members of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, from left, Whitney Melton, Rosanne Courtney and Jennifer Russell, receive an award for “outstanding performance in exhibiting our standards of performance by exemplifying our values and community service” during the monthly University Hospitals and Health System leadership meeting March 19.

Medical Center to crack down on illegal parkers

no_parking2To provide adequate parking for patients, visitors and authorized parkers, the Division of Physical Facilities-Parking and Transportation will begin a Parking Enforcement Program on Monday, April 14.

All UMMC-owned parking facilities, including those on Lakeland Drive, at the Batson Specialty Clinic and at the Medical Towers, will be monitored on a regular basis to maintain full compliance with the UMMC parking policy. 

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students who operate a motor vehicle on campus are expected to be aware of the Medical Center's parking policy. Compliance with the parking rules and regulations is the responsibility of every person who parks a vehicle on campus. A lack of knowledge of the policy will not be accepted as a defense for violations.

The policy is available on the UMMC Intranet at  or on the Physical Facilities homepage.

Ole Miss footballers spread cheer at Batson

William Fulton, a Batson Children's Hospital patient, visits with a group of football players from the University of Mississippi March 20.

Head football coach Hugh Freeze and the entire Ole Miss football team visited Batson Children's Hospital last Thursday to help bring "a smile to someone's face," said Freeze.

The players and coaches went room-to-room, spending time with patients and their families. Take a look at the video:

Medical genetics fellow joins pediatrics faculty

dec_ericDr. Eric Dec, a medical genetics fellow at the University of California, Irvine, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry in 1994 and the M.S. in biology/molecular genetics in 1997 from the University of Denver, Colo., Dec earned the M.D. at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2003. He served a medical literature search service from 2003-06 and was a resident physician in the Kettering Medical Center Program in Internal Medicine from 2006-09, a stem cell fellow at the University of California, Irvine California Institute for Regenerative Medicine from 2009-12, and a medical genetics fellow at UC-Irvine since 2012.

The author or coauthor of 11 abstracts or articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and five presentations, Stec is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians and the American Society of Human Genetics. His research interest is in deriving iPS stem cell lines to address how VCP mutations effect neuronal and muscle degeneration in VCP disease.

Physiology faculty welcome cardio physiologist

IyerDr. Rugmani Padmanabhan Iyer, a cardiovascular physiologist and biochemist with expertise in myocardial infarction, microsurgeries, echocardiography and proteomics, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After doing her bachelor's in biochemistry at Delhi University, New Delhi, India, in 2002, and her master's in biochemistry at the Allahabad Agricultural Institute Deemed University, Uttar Pradesh, India, in 2004, Iyer earned the Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 2011. Iyer did postdoctoral training at the Cardiovascular Proteomics Center at San Antonio, Texas, from 2011-13, and at the Mississippi Center for Heart Research at UMMC since 2013.

The author or coauthor of 11 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications and four abstracts, Iyer is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the American Society of Investigative Pathology. Iyer is also funded by an American Heart Association Fellowship for two years. Iyer's research interest is in understanding the effect of MMP-9 and MMP-12 inhibition on post-myocardial infarction.      

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Louise Vaughn, billing specialist, Patient Financial Services

15 Years

* Eldridge Adams, technician, Environmental Services

* Barbara Dixon, business operations supervisor, Patient Financial Services

* Kimberly Douglas, nurse educator, University Hospital Education

* Patricia Johnson, patient services coordinator, Pathology

* Joe Pierce, disaster recovery analyst, Information Systems

* Gary Walworth, painter, Building Maintenance

* Mary Wells, OR scheduler, Perioperative Services

10 Years

* Charles Chatham, medical technologist, Toxicology Clinical Lab

5 Years

* Domenick Addison, technologist, University Hospital MRI

* Lynn Allegrezza, inpatient nurse, Medical Surgical Float

* Robert Douglas, director, CDM and Service Analysis

* Willie Elverton, technician, Environmental Services

* Timothy McGee, CST, Sterile Processing

* Lura McLain, nurse, 4 North

* Dr. Carolina Velarde Miranda, postdoctoral research fellow, School of Medicine

* Ryan Wiley, IT support analyst, Information Systems

Bale to note contributors to brain development

tracybaleDr. Tracy Bale, professor of neuroscience in the Department of Animal Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, will present "Stressed Parents: Maternal and Paternal Contributions to the Developing Brain" from noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 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. For more information, call Courtney Graham at 4-1820. 

Qiao to describe neurotoxicity of aluminum

QiaoDr. Niu Qiao, professor of occupational health and toxicology, director of the Occupational Health Department, dean of the Public Health School and assistant president of Shanxi Medical University, will present "Neurotoxicity of Aluminum" from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in room N633 in the School of Medicine.

The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences and co-sponsored by the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640. 

Heart expert to explain oxidative stress In HTN

Lokhandwala_webDr. Mustafa F. Lokhandwala, professor of pharmacology, director of the Heart and Kidney Institute and executive vice dean for research at the University of Houston (Texas) School of Pharmacy, will present "Oxidative Stress and Renal Dopamine Receptor Function in Hypertension" at noon on Monday, March 31, in classroom 6A.

For more information, call Pamela Banks at 4-1690.    

Jones, Keeton to speak at faculty meeting

Jones_KeetonDr. Dan Jones, University of Mississippi chancellor, and Dr. James Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs, are scheduled to speak at the spring faculty meeting at noon on Wednesday, April 2, in the second-floor conference center of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

Jones and Keeton will provide an update for the university and the Medical Center in the next fiscal year. Lunch will be available.

For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883.

Hearin Lecturer to discuss CV disease risks

muntnerDr. Paul Muntner, professor of epidemiology, adjunct professor of nephrology and co-director of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research Unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will give the Robert M. Hearin Distinguished Lecture, "Visit-to-Visit Variability of Blood Pressure: A Novel Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease," from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. Lunch will be available on a first-come basis by the Hearin Foundation.

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

Mayo professor to keynote research event

nathDr. Karl A. Nath, professor of medicine in the Department of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, director of the Clinician Investigator Training Program and professor of physiology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, will give the keynote presentation, "Maladaptive and Adaptive Responses to Heme Proteins in the Kidney," during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day event at noon on Tuesday, April 8, in Suite B on the second floor of the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.

For more information, call Janice Swinton at 5-9716.

Workshop to help researchers prep budgets

moneytreeThe Office of Research will host a "Preparing a Grant Budget" workshop from 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 9, in room CW106 of the Classroom Wing.

The workshop will introduce basic budgeting terms and concepts useful for new and experienced investigators and will focus on acquainting participants with federal cost principles, how to prepare a grant budget, an overview of institutional- and sponsor-level budget-review processes and writing a comprehensive budget justification.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. For more information, email Carl Fowler at

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