Tulane University, University of Mississippi Medical Center, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center have formed a new research consortium to fight health disparities in the Mississippi Delta.
The Delta Clinical and Translational Science Consortium will be dedicated to improving the health of communities stretching along both sides of the Mississippi River from Memphis to New Orleans as well as the region around Jackson, Miss. With high concentrations of poverty and rural areas with low access to health care, the region struggles with high rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Researchers will conduct clinical trials and studies that translate findings from basic medical research into ways that can be applied to improve the health of patients and communities, said Dr. Jiang He, who is leading the Tulane arm of the partnership.
— Keith Brannon