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April 18, 2016

Media Advisory: Heart failure findings among NHLBI-supported global health research highlighted in journal

WHAT: A study that found ischemic heart failure is more common in Kenya than experts had expected is among a number of new, National Institutes of Health-supported global health study findings highlighted in the March edition of the Global Heart journal. This edition of the journal is dedicated to NIH-supported research aimed at reducing cardiovascular and lung disease burden and also boosting research capacity in low- and middle-income nations.

April 5, 2016

Novel Drug Combo and Donor Genetic Modifications Enable Record-breaking Survival Time for Pig-to-Primate Heart Transplant

WHAT:  Scientists have developed a novel immune-suppressing drug regimen that, when used in combination with genetically-modified pig organs, has enabled the longest-to-date survival of a heart transplant from a pig to a primate (baboon). Their study, published online in Nature Communications, could lead to expanded use of xenotransplantation—organ transplants between different species—possibly providing relief for the severe organ shortage among human patients awaiting transplantation.

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April 20, 2016 : American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NIH’s Distinguished Investigator Warren J. Leonard, M.D., has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Leonard, chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director of the Immunology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is among the Academy’s 213 new members.  This group includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Leonard has spent more than 30 years conducting pioneering research into the immune system.  He is noted for his discovery of the genetic mutations that cause X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID), also known as the “Bubble Boy” disease, a rare genetic disease made famous by a boy who lived for 12 years in a plastic, germ-free shelter to avoid infections.  Dr. Leonard is the recipient of many honors and awards, including his 2015 election to the National Academy of Sciences, one of science’s top honors, and his 2013 election to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

April 6, 2016 : Nature

Studying tissue regeneration in zebrafish, researchers have found evidence for what they are calling a tissue regeneration enhancer element. The work, which involved support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, suggests that tissue regeneration enhancer elements could be potentially harnessed to encourage injury repair through regenerative medicine.

May 19, 2016 to May 20, 2016
Natcher Conference Center Bethesda, Maryland
The 2016 symposium will focus on Novel Roles of Mitochondria in Health and Disease. This symposium will bring together the leading thinkers in these areas of research to present the newest findings. We envision these presentations will spark debate and foster collaborations among participants with the goal of filling existing gaps in knowledge and advancing this fast-moving field.
June 2, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Natcher Conference Center Bethesda, Maryland
Sickle Cell in Focus (SCiF) is an annual two-day intensive and educational conference co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes (NHLBI) in Washington, DC and the South Thames Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Network (STSTN) in London, UK