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Students tour sim center, learn about medicine

Dr. Derrick Chandler, right, anesthesiology resident, and Jayce Miskel, second from right, third-year medical student, talk with nearly 50 fifth-graders from Davis Magnet School in Jackson during a field trip to the Interprofessional Simulation Education Center March 26.
The tour was a collaboration between the simulation center and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Ukrainians explore academic health sciences

A group of young professionals from the Ukraine, tapped as possible future leaders of their country, visited UMMC March 26 to better understand the functions and roles of an academic health science center.

Their afternoon included a talk by Michael Jones on rural health outreach and a discussion and demonstration by Dr. Kristi Henderson about how UMMC uses Telehealth to bring specialty care to rural parts of the state.

The International Visitors Center of Jackson, part of Jackson State University, organized the trip and played host to the group, which spent a week in the U.S.

Participants include, from left, Shirley Harrison, executive director of the Visitors Center, Tripp Jones, Michael Osborne, Rusiana Kharkovenko, Aleksander Etlin, Dr. Kristi Henderson, Dr. Kenneth Butler, Iryna Polokhach, Serhiy Hushcha, Olha Semenyuk, Hannah Antonova and Michael Jones. (Enlarge image)

MORA to celebrate organ donation with event at UMMC

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Tuesday, April 1 to promote the start of National Donate Life Month. A ceremonial balloon release at noon on the State Street side of the UMMC campus adjacent to Parking Garage A will honor organ, eye and tissue donors from UMMC and celebrate the miracle of the organs transplanted at Mississippi’s only transplant center.  A first come, first serve picnic will follow the release. 

“We are excited to have this kickoff of National Donate Life Month at Mississippi’s transplant center,” said Kellie Wier, MORA co-director of hospital development. “With all the great things going on within the UMMC transplant program, we think this is a perfect way to start the largest month of celebration and awareness for the world of organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Nationally more than 121,000 Americans are awaiting lifesaving transplants and an average of 18 of those die each day waiting for a gift that never comes. To register as an organ and tissue donor go to

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. They will be joined by Dr. LouAnn Woodward, associate vice chancellor for health affairs, and special guest Joe Battle, director of the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.

Lunch will be available. For more information, call Dorothy Singleton at 5-4883.

MIND Center staff share message at Capitol

Denise Lafferty, left, operations chief of the Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Diseases (MIND) Center, and Sue Ann Meng, right, MIND Center social worker, discuss the need for a statewide plan for Alzheimer's and dementia at the Mississippi Capitol with Rep. Greg Haney, R-Gulfport March 25.

The Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and the State Department of Mental Health also attended the effort, helping to raise awareness of the need to adopt a strategic plan emphasizing research, coordinated care, community awareness and caregiver support.

Medical Center staff receive service recognition

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

20 Years

* Hanna Goerres, chief technician, Neurophysiology Lab

15 Years

* Arty Girod, director of police and logistical services, Campus Police

10 Years

* Dr. Kenneth R. Butler, associate professor of medicine, Geriatrics

* Chris Campbell, painter, Building Maintenance

* Rachanda Norwood, coordinator, Performance Improvement

* Spencer Ray, technologist, University Hospital CT

* Dr. Barry S. Rubel, professor of dentistry, Care Planning and Restorative Science

5 Years

* Dr. Roland A. Adams, associate professor of dentistry, Perioperative and Preventive Science

* Dr. Kenneth C. Ball, assistant professor of medicine

* Patricia Collins, customer care representative, University Physicians Neurology Administration

* Robert Dyer, materials management supervisor, Shipping Receiving

* Andy Nail, respiratory therapist, Holmes County Hospital

* Dr. Jerry M. Sheppard, assistant professor of medicine

* Tracy Sullivan, medical technologist, After Hours Lab

* Sherry West, assistant professor in the School of Health Related Professions, Radiologic Science Program

* Dr. Shuja Yousuf, house officer, School of Medicine (Digestive Diseases)

Heart expert to explain oxidative stress in HTN

LokhandwalaDr. 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.    

Hearin Lecturer to discuss CV disease risks

Muntner_PaulDr. 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

Nath_KArlDr. 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.

King to discuss VOR, voluntary gaze shifts

KingDr. W. Michael King, professor of otolaryngology and director of the Vestibular Testing Center at the University of Michigan Health Sciences Center, Ann Arbor, will present "Voluntary Gaze Shifts: Where's the VOR?" from noon-1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, in room 6A (N617) in the School of Medicine.

All Medical Center faculty, staff and students are invited. The seminar is presented by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences and the Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences.

For more information, call Lisa Boyd at 4-1640.

Workshop to help researchers prep budgets

Grant_BudgetThe 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

Wyss to discuss building biomedical bridges

Wyss_MichaelDr. Michael Wyss, professor of neurobiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will present the Faculty Scholarship Exchange seminar, "Building Bridges for Entry of 21st Century K-14 Students into Biomedical Careers Pipeline," at noon on Thursday, April 10, in classroom R354 (upper amphitheatre).

For more information, call Jessica Hope Green Overby at 4-2810.   

Med 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 on the Physical Facilities homepage.

Otolaryngology to offer oral cancer screenings

oral cancer screeningThe Department of Otolaryngology and the Division of Oral Oncology will offer free screenings for oral cancer from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, in the UMMC Cancer Clinic at the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center.

The screenings take approximately 10 minutes. ACT Center staff also will be on hand to promote tobacco cessation.

Appointments and walk-ins will be accepted. For more information or to make an appointment, call 4-5162.    

Canon’s seminar to highlight Research Day

Canon_CheriDr. Cheri Canon, professor and chair of radiology at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, will give the Radiology Grand Rounds presentation at noon on Thursday, June 19, in classroom R153 (lower amphitheatre).

The presentation is part of the fourth annual UMMC Radiology Research Day event. The Department of Radiology invites all medical and graduate students, residents, and clinical and research fellows involved in imaging-focused original research to submit an abstract for presentation following Canon's seminar.

For more information, call Dr. Andrew Smith at 4-2967.  

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