Dr. Mario Sims, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has been named the new chief science officer of the Jackson Heart Study.
The JHS is a community-based prospective cohort study of cardiovascular disease in more than 5,000 African-Americans in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Initiated in 2000, the study is a partnership between UMMC, Jackson State University and Tougaloo College. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities fund the study.
Sims will work with the JHS director to promote research collaborations, mentorship and scientific productivity.
Sims earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of California-Los Angeles, a master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and conducted postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan, Medical College of Wisconsin and UMMC.