Dr. Herman Taylor
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in African Americans and the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), co-funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), is exploring the reasons for this and pursuing new approaches to reduce it. The JHS is the largest study in history to investigate the genetic factors that affect high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other diseases in African Americans.
Dr. Herman Taylor, principle investigator of the Jackson Heart Study joins the show to discuss this study and how it will hopefully change the way African Americans look at heart disease.
Dr. Herman Taylor is the Director and Principal Investigator of the JHS. He is also Professor of Medicine and Attending Physician in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine, UMMC; Visiting Professor of Biology in the Division of Natural Sciences at Tougaloo College; and Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Jackson State University. He is a Fellow in the American College of Cardiology and in the American Heart Association. Dr. Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards; including the Minority Access Role Model Award and the Herbert W. Nickens Award for Excellence in Epidemiological Research in 2004. Dr. Taylor has cultivated and fostered a unique partnership among the JHS, the participating colleges/universities, the sponsoring NIH Institutes and the community. He envisions helping to create a better understanding of CVD among African Americans as a guide to effective strategies to improve health and eliminate health disparities.
Dr. Derrick DeSilva