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February 10, 2015

Study shows that iron supplementation after blood donation shortens hemoglobin recovery time

A National Institutes of Health-funded study comparing low dose iron supplementation to no supplementation in blood donors found that supplementation significantly reduced the time to recovery of post-donation lost iron and hemoglobin—an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells throughout the body.

The results of the Hemoglobin and Iron Recovery Study (HEIRS), supported by NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), will appear Feb. 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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February 3, 2015 : The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

NHLBI-funded researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center and other locations found evidence to support the use of a battlefield blood transfusion protocol for severely injured trauma patients. The study detailing these findings appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

January 30, 2015 : Genome Biology

DNA methylation levels change with age. Recent studies have identified biomarkers of chronological age based on DNA methylation levels. It is not yet known whether DNA methylation age captures aspects of biological age. The paper reports that DNA methylation-derived measures of accelerated ageing are heritable traits that predict mortality independently of health status, lifestyle factors, and known genetic factors. Researchers from the NHLBI's Framingham Heart Study were among the authors of this paper.

March 25, 2015 to March 26, 2015
NIH Main Campus (Natcher Building), Bethesda, MD
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS will host a State of Science meeting in blood banking and transfusion medicine. The purpose of this public workshop will be to identify what key research questions and or priorities in blood banking and transfusion medicine need to be addressed in the next 5-10 years to optimize transfusion recipient care and advance the health of blood donors.
March 4, 2015
Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower, 460 W. 12th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210
NHLBI’s Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) hosts this semi-annual Regional Innovation Conference to connect small businesses, angel investors, venture capitalists, strategic partners, and business leaders from the biotech, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. Attendees will see featured presentations from NHLBI-funded companies, and learn from staff about recent changes in the Federal SBIR/STTR program, and other funding opportunities and cost-free resources available to small businesses.