Lovell A. Jones, PhD, FHDR
Executive Director of the HDEART Consortium, Texas A&M School of Public Health
Lovell A. Jones, PhD, a member of the Research Faculty in the College of Science & Engineering at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi previously held the post professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research and Founding Director of the joint UT MD Anderson Cancer Center/University of Houston Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity & Evaluation Research. He is now Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as well as the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, one of the few individuals to hold such a position at two UT System institutions. He continues to serve on a number of advisory groups and boards that focus on addressing health equity. He has more than 35 years of experience in addressing minority health and the health of the underserved. As a scientist, he has also done extensive research into the relationship between hormones, diet and endocrine responsive tumors and has presented his work both nationally and internationally. He has edited one of the few comprehensive textbooks on this subject: Minorities & Cancer. He has chaired or co-chaired numerous major events regarding the underserved and cancers, including the 1st National African Cancer Education meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. He is co-author of the congressional resolution designating the third full week in April as "National Minority Cancer Awareness Week." For his work, the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities was awarded him its Director’s Award for Excellence in Health Disparities. He has also received the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award and was selected as one of the top African American Scientist in America by the National Science Foundation “The History Makers.” In January 2000, he was named the first director of the congressionally mandated Center for Research on Minority Health (CRMH), a multidisciplinary center which aims to a) foster research that addresses the causes of health disparities and translates scientific results back to the communities affected by those disparities; b) encourage minority students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences; and c) increase recruitment and retention of minority and medically underserved populations into clinical trials.