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Jackson State University celebrated its innovative faculty and staff and the programs they lead during Innovation Day on Nov. 18. The event is one of several scheduled across the state as Gov. Phil Bryant has proclaimed November Innovation Month.

Along with roundtable discussions on innovation hosted by each of JSU’s five colleges, 17 faculty and staff were honored for their contributions to the university and for utilizing technology in the classroom. More

The Jackson Heart Study is the world’s largest, comprehensive investigation of cardiovascular health and disease among African Americans.  The project explores the reasons there is a greater prevalence of CVD within the ethnic group. Some 5,301 African-American men and women are participants, and spin-off studies of the JHS include children as well. Jackson State University is a leading collaborator on the project as the study’s coordinating center. The university conducts community education and outreach programs and enhances the undergraduate training experience through opportunities to work with JHS data and investigators. More


Dr. Paul B. Tchounwou

Jackson State University’s Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has been awarded a $10.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The five-year grant will be used to enhance the center’s biomedical infrastructure to support research that addresses environmental and public health issues impacting vulnerable and underserved communities.

“The center has a long history of conducting innovative research in environmental health, and this award will allow the institution to continue to develop its biomedical research infrastructure, acquire state-of-the-art instrumentation, recruit talented investigators and research staff, provide professional development, and support our strategic plan in the critical area of research and scholarly engagement,” said JSU President Carolyn W. Meyers. More


Dr. Olugbemiga Ekundayo

The Jackson State University College of Public Service, School of Health Sciences was awarded a $700,000 grant from Hampton University as part of an initiative to combat and reduce selective health disparities in minority men. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded $13.5 million to Hampton University to lead the project.

Dr. Olugbemiga Ekundayo, associate professor of  epidemiology and biostatistics, is the Principal Investigator for JSU’s grant. The JSU’s study project will use the Jackson Heart Study template to study cardiovascular disease among rural African-American men .

Hampton University invited several other HBCUs to partner in the implementation and advancement of innovative transdisciplinary research to effectively reduce health disparities in minority men.  The universities involved are Jackson State University, Clark Atlanta, Howard University, North Carolina A&T and St. Augustine.

clementJackson State University is pleased to announce that Dr. Clement G. Yedjou,  Assistant Professor of Biology and CSET-Distance Learning Coordinator, has been selected to join forces with more than 350 cancer researchers from prominent research institutions in 31 countries to tackle cancer’s complexity.

The initiative is called “The Halifax Project” and involves two separate task forces.  One task force will take what has been learned about cancer’s complexity to design an entirely new approach to therapy, while the other will assess whether or not everyday exposures to mixtures of commonly encountered chemicals have a role to play in cancer causation. Read More