Centers and Institutes

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As the state's only academic medical center, University of Mississippi Medical Center is home to a variety of research centers and health institutes. In addition to providing special healthcare services, UMMC is searching for new ways into the future of healthcare.

The MIND Center

The MIND Center (Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Research) is a major research initiative of the University of Mississippi Medical Center aimed at elucidating the causes and treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia through innovative research. Led by Dr. Tom Mosley, a nationally recognized expert in brain aging, the MIND Center brings together some of the largest neuro-epidemiologic studies ever conducted, state-of-the-art brain imaging and powerful new genetic technologies. The MIND Center's goal is to accelerate the pace of discovery in the search for treatments that may slow or prevent Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive decline.

UMMC Cancer Institute

The Cancer Institute combines basic science research, clinical trials of novel drugs and therapies and cutting-edge patient care. The institute, directed by Dr. Lucio Miele, is comprised of oncologists, radiologists, biochemists, microbiologists, pathologists and many professionals. Many of the same doctors serving patients are the same physician-scientists engaging in oncology research. They study cancer genetics, seek to identify biomarkers for certain cancers and create next-generation drugs. The institute's overall goal is to improve prevention and treatment of cancer. The institute also houses the Bioinformatics Core Facility (CBCF).

Children's Heart Center

The Children's Heart Center brings together research, patient care and education under one umbrella. Our heart program is the only one of its kind in Mississippi with comprehensive evaluation and treatment for children with heart defects or disease. The well-trained, highly skilled and nationally recognized care team cares for patients from fetus to young adults, specializing in non-invasive and invasive studies as well as surgical intervention for congenital (present before or at birth) heart defects, acquired heart disease and arrhythmia.

Children's Cancer Center

The Children's Cancer Center team provides treatment for any child with cancer or a blood-related disorder. Just ask some of the 2,000 children who have been treated here since the program began. The clinic sees approximately 75 new patients every year and follows more than 800 patients annually, including new patients, patients who are on therapy or have recently completed therapy and long-term follow-up.

UMMC Center for Maternal and Fetal Care

The UMMC Center for Maternal and Fetal Care offers one of the few fetal medicine programs in the Southeast. Our multidisciplinary team ensures that unborn or newly born babies receive the highly advanced care they require, while mothers receive the clinical expertise and support they need. Whether a baby's condition requires minimal intervention or complex fetal surgery, our specialists offer family-oriented and highly customized care based on each patient's circumstances. The care team includes members with nationally recognized expertise in fetal/pediatric surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, fetal radiology, fetal cardiology, neonatology and genetics.

University Comprehensive Stroke Center

More than 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, making it the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death among adult Americans. Mississippi lies in the "Stroke Belt,” an area of the country with the highest death rate due to stroke, putting our citizens are at especially high risk. University Comprehensive Stroke Center has a multidisciplinary stroke program and comprehensive clinical care center with state-of-the-art equipment that enable advanced, comprehensive management of stroke patients. More than 300 acute stroke patients are admitted to the UMMC Neurology service each year. In addition, several hundred patients with stroke and related conditions are seen annually in our outpatient clinics.

University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides complete epilepsy care, including, but not limited to, assessment and diagnosis of patients with epileptic seizures and conditions mimicking seizures; medical treatment of epilepsy and related disorders; EEG testing and video EEG telemetry monitoring; clinical pharmacy service; neuropsychological assessment; brain surgery for patients with uncontrollable seizures; and vagal nerve stimulation for certain intractable epilepsy patients. Our epilepsy clinics are run by physicians and other professionals with specialized training in the field. Many are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in epilepsy. Currently, more than 1,000 active patients attend our clinics.

Cystic Fibrosis Center

Pulmonary specialists with UMMC's Cystic Fibrosis Center evaluate and provide disease management and care for patients with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that can make breathing difficult. Mucus builds up and clogs some of the organ in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. The CF Center offers a continuum of care involving physicians, nurses, dietitians, respiratory therapists, social workers and physical therapists working together to fully meet any and all needs of CF patients and their families. Other specialists are involved as needed to meet the patient's needs.

Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR)

The Mississippi Center for Obesity Research (MCOR) is at the forefront our state’s efforts to develop a better understanding of the science underlying obesity and to translate discoveries into prevention and treatment for obesity and related conditions in adults and children. MCOR is also the centerpiece of an aggressive, coordinated strategy to bring together researchers, healthcare providers, state and local governments, business leaders, and community groups to provide solutions to the obesity epidemic in Mississippi.

ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research

The ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment Education and Research has been helping Mississippians quit tobacco since 1999. Along with direct treatment of patients, training and community outreach, the center's wide variety of research includes clinical trials of promising drugs and basic-science investigations into the genetics of nicotine dependence. Genetics research is helping to identify which medications work best for certain individuals and increasing understanding of just how complex nicotine addiction is.