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July 31, 2015

NIH Seeks Comment on Agency-wide Strategic Plan

In response to a request from the Congress, NIH is developing a 5-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan to advance its mission to support research in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability. Senior leadership and staff from all 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) are contributing to the proposed direction and content of the Strategic Plan, with input from the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH.

July 29, 2015

High-resolution 3D images reveal the muscle mitochondrial power grid

A new study overturns longstanding scientific ideas regarding how energy is distributed within muscles for powering movement. Scientists are reporting the first clear evidence that muscle cells distribute energy primarily by the rapid conduction of electrical charges through a vast, interconnected network of mitochondria—the cell’s “powerhouse”—in a way that resembles the wire grid that distributes power throughout a city. The study offers an unprecedented, detailed look at the distribution system that rapidly provides energy throughout the cell where it is needed for muscle contraction.

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July 1, 2015 : MedPage Today
Neal S Young M.D.

Prognosis and treatment for aplastic anemia require tailoring based on which mutations patients have among a handful of leukemia-related genes, according to a new study from researchers including NHLBI's Dr. Neal S. Young.

June 29, 2015 : The Diane Rehm Show
Toren Finkel M.D., Ph.D.

NHLBI's Dr. Toren Finkel joined a live radio panel discussion on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss his anti-aging research involving work on mice. Other panel members included National Institute on Aging's Dr. Mark Mattson and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Leonard Guarente.

August 20, 2015
Natcher Conference Center (NIH Campus) 45 Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892
The NHLBI Annual Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Meetings provide a yearly forum for investigators, practitioners, and interested health care providers to discuss the progress of ongoing clinical trials, hear presentations about new developments in scientific and clinical aspects of SCD, and interact with other investigators and NHLBI Program Staff. This year, the meeting will begin on August 18, 2015 and end on August 20, 2015. Scheduled presentations include a two-part symposium on basic and clinical aspects of sickle cell pain, a symposium on the current status of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in SCD, and a session focusing on using Patient Reported Outcomes in clinical SCD research. This meeting is an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with diverse group of SCD investigators and providers, as well as NIH Program Officers in an informal setting.
September 29, 2015 to September 30, 2015
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
The event will bring together experts in stem cell biology, cardiovascular development, translating stem cell biology, cardiac remodelling and inflammation, vascular remodelling and inflammation, and tissue engineering/genome editing/new technologies. The emphasis will be on recent discoveries and trends. We will examine the challenges and critical questions that require answers as the field moves forward to clinical applications. The Symposium’s goals are to help the science and field move forward, to find consensus regarding the translation of stem cell biology and research into a clinical setting, and to inspire participants in their own work.