West Virginia State University to Participate in Collaborative Research Project on Digital Health

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Sept. 4, 2019
West Virginia State University to Participate in Collaborative Research Project on Digital Health
Project uses artificial intelligence for big data analysis of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables
INSTITUTE, W.Va. –West Virginia State University (WVSU) research scientists are participating in a $2 million collaborative research and education project dealing with digital health in West Virginia and Arkansas. The National Science Foundation-funded project involves artificial intelligence and machine learning tools for big data analysis. 
“Our role will be to perform genetic studies involving cancer-, obesity-, and diabetes-fighting peppers in order to better understand their various health benefits,” said Dr. Umesh K. Reddy, a WVSU professor of genetics and genomics and the project’s co-principal investigator. “We will use artificial intelligence for analysis and genetic data and provide hands-on opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students.”
WVSU scientists and students will study the health-related changes of fruit flies after feeding them peppers and watermelons, noting factors such as body weight and triglycerides. 
                  The overall goal of the project is to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs through the use of artificial intelligence techniques that can exploit the enormous amount of information embedded in huge and diverse health-related datasets.     
Dr. Donald Adjeroh, professor of computer sciences at West Virginia University (WVU), is the principal investigator on the project, which is a collaborative effort among five partner institutions in West Virginia and Arkansas, including WVSU and WVU.
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West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multigenerational institution, located in Institute, W.Va. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.
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