News & Events

Opioid Summit Educates Health Care Workers

A female student pharmacist presents to crowd using projector screenFebruary 19, 2020

CHARLESTON, Miss. – The UM Center for Clinical and Translational Science, James C. Kennedy Wellness Center and UM M Partner Initiative joined together to host an “Opioid Summit” in Charleston, Mississippi. Members of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Task Force provided a three-hour continuing education session for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and social workers.

A community education session focused on naloxone administration was provided in an afternoon session.


CCTS Partnership Provides Naloxone Training for First Responders

A female student speaks to three male first responders.February 11, 2020

OXFORD, Miss. – Thanks to a partnership with the UM Center for Clinical and Translational Science, UM M Partner Initiative and Stand Up, Mississippi, first responders in the Charleston area embraced naloxone training from pharmacy students and Dr. Lauren Bloodworth, associate professor of pharmacy practice and the CCTS community population director.

Student pharmacists provided training on naloxone and supplied Narcan to the first responders at the Tallahatchie Fire Training Center. They were also able to educate them about the opioid crisis.


CCTS Administrators Present at CCTS Translational Training Science Symposium

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth stand smiling in front of a banner.November 18, 2019

OXFORD, Miss. – Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth of the UM Center for Clinical and Translational Science attended the Second Annual Translational Training Science Symposium in Gulf Shores, Alabama, November 14-15.

Bloodworth served on a panel with colleagues from Partner Network institutions during the “Engagement, Recruitment and Retention of Special Populations” session. Ross presented in the “Opportunities for Funding” session.


Ole Miss Pharmacy Center for Clinical and Translational Science Working to Improve Heart Health

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth with four AstraZeneca Health Foundation representativesOctober 29, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. – The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science is one of 11 innovative, community-based organizations across the country awarded a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program to help improve heart health.

The $125,000 grant will provide continued funding for CCTS to administer “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City,” a program that offers free health screenings, classes on heart health and medication therapy management services in partnership with Families First for Mississippi and other community organizations in the Jackson area.

Read more: “Ole Miss Pharmacy Center for Clinical and Translational Science Working to Improve Heart Health”


CCTS Presents at Mississippi Public Health Association Conference

Four women stand by their research poster, smiling at cameraOctober 17, 2019

Jackson, Miss. – The UM Center for Clinical and Translational Science presented “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City” at the Mississippi Public Health Association’s 82nd Annual Public Health Conference.

This project focuses on cardiovascular screening and medication therapy management in underserved areas. #AZHCF #CCH #MPHA2019


AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards $775,000 to 11 Innovative Heart Health Programs

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth stand and smile behind two older female patientsOctober 8, 2019

Jackson, Miss. –The University of Mississippi is one of 11 innovative, community-based organizations across the country awarded a grant from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program to help improve heart health in Mississippi.

The $125,000 grant will provide continued funding for the UM Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) to administer Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City, a program that offers free health screenings, education classes on heart health, and medication therapy management services in partnership with  Families First for Mississippi and other community organizations.   

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CCTS Assists with City of Jackson Employee Health Screenings

Seven student pharmacists and a female administrator smile for a group picture in front of SOP banner

May 21, 2019

Fun day of screenings at the City of Jackson Employee Health and Wellness Fair at Smith Park! University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy faculty and student pharmacists are doing their part to keep “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City.”

See more in the Facebook post.


Nearly $50 Million NIH Grant to Advance UAB Translational Science

Student pharmacists assist adults with health fair screening at outdoor parkMay 16, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –The Center for Clinical and Translational Science — an entity that has been a “driving force for scientific innovation and excellence” at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for more than 10 years — will continue its transformational bench-to-bedside work for the foreseeable future.

The CCTS has been renewed for another five years with grants from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science, part of the National Institutes of Health. The three linked grants, totaling nearly $50 million over five years, will support clinical and translational research, mentored career development, and pre-doctoral training. The CCTS is one of more than 50 programs nationally funded by the Clinical and Translational Science Award program from NCATS.

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CCTS Leaders Attend CCH Learning Forum

Female CCTS administrators are presented with a heart shaped award

April 30, 2019

Leigh Ann Ross and Lauren Bloodworth are at the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM Learning Forum, representing the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City.” Excited to see the new ideas they’ll bring back to expand our heart health program!

See more in the Facebook post.


Student Pharmacists Initiate Health Screenings at Capital Day

A female student pharmacists takes blood from female patient's finger

February 22, 2019

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and other state pharmacy organizations met at the Mississippi State Capitol for Pharmacy Day to speak with legislators and reinforce each other’s commitment to public health. Along with a tour of the building, student pharmacists gave free health screenings as part of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science’s “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City” Initiative in partnership with Families First for Mississippi.

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CCTS Collaborates for Health Screening

10 student pharmacists and a female administrator gather for a group photo

February 11, 2019

The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy Center for Clinical and Translational Science joined colleagues from the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing and other partners for the Mississippi Public Universities Education Research Center (ERC) Health Fair in Jackson. These cardiovascular screenings are part of the “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City” initiative in partnership with Families First For Mississippi.

See more in the Facebook post.


AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Awards Over $1.16 Million to 11 Innovative Heart Health Programs

Lauren Bloodworth and Leigh Ann Ross smile and talk to each other, sitting down, papers on tableDecember 11, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. – Eleven community-based heart health programs with innovative approaches to help prevent and control heart disease received grants totaling over $1.16 million from the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation’s Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program.

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy in Jackson, Miss.; $148,863: “Healthy Hearts in the Heart of the City” partners the School’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science with a community organization to improve identification and management of cardiovascular disease risk factors among vulnerable populations by providing screening, risk assessment, healthy lifestyle education, comprehensive medication management and linkage to care for program participants, with the goal of improving participant understanding of cardiovascular disease and modifiable risk factors, as well as establishing control of blood pressure, lipids, blood glucose and body mass index.