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Vol. LXIII, No. 23
November 11, 2011

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Tougaloo College Students Visit NIH

NIH recently welcomed students from Tougaloo College for a 2-day tour of the campus as part of a program sponsored by NHLBI’s Jackson Heart Study (JHS). The study, based in Jackson, Miss., is the largest single-site investigation of causes of cardiovascular diseases in the African-American population. The Jackson Scholars at Tougaloo College participate in analysis of data at the JHS, which is run by investigators at Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Tougaloo College Students Visit NIH
On hand at the Tougaloo College visit were (seated, from l) Sylvia Robinson, Wynette Williams, Dr. Susan Shurin, acting director, NHLBI; Dr. Helena Mishoe, director, Office of Research Training and Minority Health (ORTMH); Kmeone Kingdom; Dr. Nimr Fahmy, Tougaloo College math professor. Standing are (from l) Dr. Nara Gavini, ORTMH; Taylor Streeter; Ivy Alexander; Amanda Osborne; Melvin Smith; Marcus Garcia, ORTMH-HACU intern; Iva Ingram; Chantel Willis; Morgan Jones, health communications specialist, NHLBI Office of Communications; Beverly Kelly-Greenfield; Mousetta Spann, Dr. Chitra Krishnamurti, deputy director, ORTMH; Janita Coen, ORTMH.

NHLBI acting director Dr. Susan Shurin met with the students, who are studying to be epidemiologists and public health professionals. She encouraged them to pursue their careers in science and emphasized the importance of their participation in the JHS. “We are delighted to have you here at the NIH,” she said. “You are our future. This is an exciting time to engage in science. We would like to help you find opportunities which are fascinating to you, and where you can make a difference.”

The students’ visit, arranged by NHLBI’s Office of Research Training and Minority Health, included tours of the Clinical Center, NHLBI laboratories and the National Library of Medicine, a panel discussion with NHLBI interns and presentations of career and mentoring opportunities at NIH.

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