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Tougaloo College Students Participate in Annual Visit to the NIH

Office of the Director - October 29, 2010

Group of students, Dr. Shurin and others standing outside under a tree
NHLBI Acting Director Susan B. Shurin, M.D., met with Tougaloo students and faculty as well as members of the Office of Research Training and Minority Health, the Office of Communications, and the NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison on Aug. 2, 2010.

Visit preceded the Jackson Heart Study Tenth Anniversary Conference

Future epidemiologists and public health professionals from Tougaloo College recently toured the NIH campus as part of an education and training program sponsored by the NHLBI’s Jackson Heart Study (JHS). The decade-long population study, based in Jackson, Miss., is the largest single-site effort ever undertaken to examine cardiovascular disease among African-Americans.

From exploring the NIH Clinical Center to learning about research training opportunities, the students gained a unique perspective on day-to-day operations on the NIH campus. The annual Tougaloo-NIH visit is supported by the NHLBI Office of Research Training and Minority Health and is a highlight for the staff there.

In September, the JHS celebrated its tenth anniversary with a scientific conference that brought together members of the JHS and the scientific community to commemorate the study's biomedical and historic significance. NHLBI Acting Director Susan B. Shurin, M.D., gave a presentation highlighting the NHLBI’s commitment to population-based studies such as the JHS, as well as the importance of resolving cardiovascular health disparities.

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