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Office of the Director

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Cook, Nakela L., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.

Chief of Staff
Office of the Director

Area(s) of Expertise:
Comparative effectiveness research, cardiovascular imaging, racial/ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular health services and outcomes research


“To successfully prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, a focus on healthcare delivery is essential to ensure that all people, including women and people of color, receive state-of-the-art care.”
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Gibbons, Gary H., M.D.

Director of the NHLBI
Office of the Director

Dr. Gibbons is director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, at the National Institutes of Health, where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.
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McMurry, Kathryn, M.S.

Nutrition Coordinator
Office of the Director

Area(s) of Expertise:
Nutrition science, obesity, physical activity, food labeling, food technology, food safety


Center for Population Studies

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Levy, Daniel, M.D.

Director of the Framingham Heart Study and Director of
Center for Population Studies

Area(s) of Expertise:
Epidemiology and genetics of hypertension, heart disease and heart failure.


We need new approaches to identify people at risk for heart disease and heart failure so that interventions can happen sooner to improve the quality and duration of life for at-risk individuals.

Division of Lung Diseases

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Kiley, James P., Ph.D.

Director
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
Obstructive and interstitial lung diseases, sleep


Research is vital to finding interventions to relieve the devastating social and economic impact of lung, critical care, and sleep disorders on patients, their families, and the nation. The NHLBI supports research to better understand these disorders.
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Twery, Michael J., Ph.D.

Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
Sleep and sleep disorders research


Oversees the support of research and research training related to sleep-disordered breathing, the fundamental functions of sleep and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorder epidemiology and clinical trials.
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Weinmann, Gail G., M.D.

Deputy Director
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
pulmonary medicine, pulmonary research


Oversees the direction and administration of numerous programs and initiatives that cut across the DLD’s diverse research portfolio in lung diseases.

Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

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Dimichele, Donna, M.D.

Deputy Director
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Area(s) of Expertise:
Hematology and rare blood diseases research


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Hoots, W. Keith, M.D.

Director
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Area(s) of Expertise:
Congenital and acquired bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, hemophilia, HIV and hepatitis, and pediatric non-malignant hematology


"Blood disorders affect thousands of Americans, and the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources is dedicated to helping improve their lives through research."

Division of Intramural Research

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Arai, Andrew E., M.D.

Chief, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Group
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), noninvasive cardiac imaging, myocardial infarction, ischemia


Is actively involved in developing and validating new imaging technologies, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for clinical applications. Research goals include producing practical new imaging methods suitable for diagnostic imaging of the heart for cases of myocardial ischemia and infarction.
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Balaban, Robert S, Ph.D.

Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiac imaging, mitochondria, energy metabolism


As director of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research, oversees more than 60 investigators who carry out the Institute's on-site basic and clinical research in heart, vascular, lung, blood, and kidney diseases.
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Bennett, L. Michelle, Ph.D.

Deputy Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Breast cancer, BRCA genes


Oversees numerous outreach, recruiting, and educational efforts for the intramural division, such as establishing partnerships with regional hospitals and bringing in top-level tenure track investigators.
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Boehm, Manfred, M.D.

Investigator, Center for Molecular Medicine
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Vascular biology, vascular disease


Oversees research that explores the biology of blood vessels, with an emphasis on the genetics that influence the remodeling of blood vessels following bypass surgery or during disease.
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Childs, Richard, M.D.

Clinical Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Hematology, tumor immunology, stem cell therapies


Responsible for the oversight of the clinical research portfolio of the NHLBI’s Division of Intramural Research, to ensure the Institute maintains the highest levels of scientific integrity, quality of research, and quality of care.
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Dunbar, Cynthia, M.D.

Senior Investigator, Hematology Branch
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Stem cells and stem cell therapy; gene therapy


Oversees a research program that investigates how stem cells develop and differentiate into other cell types, particularly stem cells involved in the formation of new blood cells.
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Finkel, Toren, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Center for Molecular Medicine
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Aging, obesity, and cellular metabolism


Oversees a research program that focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases.
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Young, Neal S, M.D.

Chief, Hematology Branch
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Human hematopoiesis, aplastic anemia and the pathogenesis and treatment of bone marrow failure; parvoviruses and immune response to virus infection; mechanisms of genomic instability


"Conducting research at the NHLBI provides me with unique chances to focus my work on rare but important conditions, such as aplastic anemia and graft-versus-host disease."
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Zhao, Keji, Ph.D.

Director, Systems Biology Center
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Epigenetics; genome-wide mapping studies


As Director of the NHLBI Systems Biology Center, oversees a team of investigators who employ genome-wide tools and approaches to understand to understand the complex regulatory networks associated with normal development or disease.

Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

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de Jesus, Janet M, M.S., R.D.

Nutritionist
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
Nutrition and obesity


Supports evidence reviews on lifestyle intervention and cardiovascular disease and provides nutritional guidance for the development of heart health materials.
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Engelgau, Michael M, M.D., M.S.

Deputy Director
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
non-communicable disease research, epidemiology, and global health


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Mensah, George A., M.D., FACC

Director
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiovascular medicine, public health science, health disparities research, and global health


Primary focus is in the application of implementation and systems science approaches to address research translation gaps in order to maximize health impact in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and the elimination of health inequities.

Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

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Avilés-Santa, Larissa, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Officer
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Hispanics; women’s health; access to and utilization of health care services by the underserved; bioethics; clinical care; endocrinology


Oversees the Hispanic Community Health Study - Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL), the largest study to date to examine the prevalence of common heart disease risk factors—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smoking—within a diverse Hispanic/Latino population.
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Baldwin, John Timothy, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Basic and early translational research in advanced technologies and surgeries for artificial hearts and assistive devices


“Advancing technologies used in medical devices and improving methods for surgeries will accelerate more effective diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”
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Buxton, Denis B., Ph.D.

Associate Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Molecular imaging, nanotechnology, myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, and stem cell transplantation


“Stem cell therapies hold promise in treating and reversing cardiovascular disease.”
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Czajkowski, Susan M., Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Psychosocial aspects of disease, including the role of social support and depression on disease risk and recovery;  and assessment of health-related quality of life and psychosocial functioning in patients with heart, lung, and blood diseases


"Because social isolation and depression are risk factors for death and recurrent heart attack in heart disease patients, these psychosocial aspects of disease need to be addressed as part of an overall treatment strategy.”
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Desvigne-Nickens, Patrice, M.D.

Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, diabetes and revascularization, cardiac surgery, disparities in cardiovascular health, and use of left ventricular assist devices in advanced heart failure.


“For heart health stay active, eat well, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and know your numbers: blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol.”
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Kaltman, Jonathan R., M.D.

Chief, Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology, congenital cardiac genomics, and sudden cardiac death


“More research is needed to determine the best approach to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth which has a devastating impact on families, care providers, and the community at large.”
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Lathrop, David A., Ph.D.

Chief
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Heart failure and arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, myocardial protection from ischemic insult, and resuscitation sciences.


"More fundamental, translational, and clinical research is needed to discover and develop new effective ways to detect, treat, and prevent heart failure and life-threatening heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)."
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Lauer, Michael, M.D.

Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiovascular clinical epidemiology, comparative effectiveness research, and diagnostic testing


"The cardiovascular research field must find new ways to transform itself to operate more efficiently in these lean economic times. We must strive to ensure our research dollars are being used most effectively."
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Loria, Catherine, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.H.A.

Nutritional Epidemiologist and Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
The relation of obesity to cardiovascular disease and its risk factors; behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain


"Weight loss in adults is achievable through lifestyle interventions and reduces the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes; NHLBI is funding studies to test ways to bring these proven strategies to more people in a variety of settings."
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Pearson, Gail D, M.D., Sc.D.

Associate Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular development, with a particular interest in clinical and translational research in pediatric cardiovascular disease


Oversees and provides leadership for basic, translational, and clinical research on the development, maturation, and functioning of the heart throughout all stages of life.
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Rossouw, Jacques, MB.ChB., F.C.P. (S.A.), M.D.

Chief of the Women’s Health Initiative Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Examination of epidemiologic and clinical trial data on postmenopausal hormone therapy, lipids and other biomarkers, and coronary heart disease


Oversees the Women’s Health Initiative, which was established to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.

Spokespeople listed in alphabetical order

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Arai, Andrew E., M.D.

Chief, Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Group
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), noninvasive cardiac imaging, myocardial infarction, ischemia


Is actively involved in developing and validating new imaging technologies, particularly magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for clinical applications. Research goals include producing practical new imaging methods suitable for diagnostic imaging of the heart for cases of myocardial ischemia and infarction.
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Avilés-Santa, Larissa, M.D., M.P.H.

Medical Officer
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Hispanics; women’s health; access to and utilization of health care services by the underserved; bioethics; clinical care; endocrinology


Oversees the Hispanic Community Health Study - Study of Latinos (HCHS-SOL), the largest study to date to examine the prevalence of common heart disease risk factors—high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, and smoking—within a diverse Hispanic/Latino population.
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Balaban, Robert S, Ph.D.

Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiac imaging, mitochondria, energy metabolism


As director of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research, oversees more than 60 investigators who carry out the Institute's on-site basic and clinical research in heart, vascular, lung, blood, and kidney diseases.
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Baldwin, John Timothy, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Basic and early translational research in advanced technologies and surgeries for artificial hearts and assistive devices


“Advancing technologies used in medical devices and improving methods for surgeries will accelerate more effective diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.”
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Bennett, L. Michelle, Ph.D.

Deputy Scientific Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Breast cancer, BRCA genes


Oversees numerous outreach, recruiting, and educational efforts for the intramural division, such as establishing partnerships with regional hospitals and bringing in top-level tenure track investigators.
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Boehm, Manfred, M.D.

Investigator, Center for Molecular Medicine
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Vascular biology, vascular disease


Oversees research that explores the biology of blood vessels, with an emphasis on the genetics that influence the remodeling of blood vessels following bypass surgery or during disease.
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Buxton, Denis B., Ph.D.

Associate Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Molecular imaging, nanotechnology, myocardial ischemia and reperfusion, and stem cell transplantation


“Stem cell therapies hold promise in treating and reversing cardiovascular disease.”
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Childs, Richard, M.D.

Clinical Director
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Hematology, tumor immunology, stem cell therapies


Responsible for the oversight of the clinical research portfolio of the NHLBI’s Division of Intramural Research, to ensure the Institute maintains the highest levels of scientific integrity, quality of research, and quality of care.
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Cook, Nakela L., M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C.

Chief of Staff
Office of the Director

Area(s) of Expertise:
Comparative effectiveness research, cardiovascular imaging, racial/ethnic and gender disparities in cardiovascular disease, and cardiovascular health services and outcomes research


“To successfully prevent and treat cardiovascular disease, a focus on healthcare delivery is essential to ensure that all people, including women and people of color, receive state-of-the-art care.”
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Czajkowski, Susan M., Ph.D.

Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Psychosocial aspects of disease, including the role of social support and depression on disease risk and recovery;  and assessment of health-related quality of life and psychosocial functioning in patients with heart, lung, and blood diseases


"Because social isolation and depression are risk factors for death and recurrent heart attack in heart disease patients, these psychosocial aspects of disease need to be addressed as part of an overall treatment strategy.”
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de Jesus, Janet M, M.S., R.D.

Nutritionist
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
Nutrition and obesity


Supports evidence reviews on lifestyle intervention and cardiovascular disease and provides nutritional guidance for the development of heart health materials.
spokesperson thumbnail image

Desvigne-Nickens, Patrice, M.D.

Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, diabetes and revascularization, cardiac surgery, disparities in cardiovascular health, and use of left ventricular assist devices in advanced heart failure.


“For heart health stay active, eat well, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and know your numbers: blood pressure, sugar, and cholesterol.”
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Dimichele, Donna, M.D.

Deputy Director
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Area(s) of Expertise:
Hematology and rare blood diseases research


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Dunbar, Cynthia, M.D.

Senior Investigator, Hematology Branch
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Stem cells and stem cell therapy; gene therapy


Oversees a research program that investigates how stem cells develop and differentiate into other cell types, particularly stem cells involved in the formation of new blood cells.
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Engelgau, Michael M, M.D., M.S.

Deputy Director
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
non-communicable disease research, epidemiology, and global health


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Finkel, Toren, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief, Center for Molecular Medicine
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Aging, obesity, and cellular metabolism


Oversees a research program that focuses on the role of cellular metabolism and oxidative stress in aging and age-related diseases.
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Gibbons, Gary H., M.D.

Director of the NHLBI
Office of the Director

Dr. Gibbons is director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, at the National Institutes of Health, where he oversees the third largest institute at the NIH, with an annual budget of more than $3 billion and a staff of 917 federal employees.
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Hoots, W. Keith, M.D.

Director
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

Area(s) of Expertise:
Congenital and acquired bleeding disorders, clotting disorders, hemophilia, HIV and hepatitis, and pediatric non-malignant hematology


"Blood disorders affect thousands of Americans, and the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources is dedicated to helping improve their lives through research."
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Kaltman, Jonathan R., M.D.

Chief, Heart Development and Structural Diseases Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatric cardiology and electrophysiology, congenital cardiac genomics, and sudden cardiac death


“More research is needed to determine the best approach to prevent sudden cardiac death in youth which has a devastating impact on families, care providers, and the community at large.”
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Kiley, James P., Ph.D.

Director
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
Obstructive and interstitial lung diseases, sleep


Research is vital to finding interventions to relieve the devastating social and economic impact of lung, critical care, and sleep disorders on patients, their families, and the nation. The NHLBI supports research to better understand these disorders.
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Lathrop, David A., Ph.D.

Chief
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Heart failure and arrhythmias, sudden cardiac death, myocardial protection from ischemic insult, and resuscitation sciences.


"More fundamental, translational, and clinical research is needed to discover and develop new effective ways to detect, treat, and prevent heart failure and life-threatening heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias)."
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Lauer, Michael, M.D.

Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiovascular clinical epidemiology, comparative effectiveness research, and diagnostic testing


"The cardiovascular research field must find new ways to transform itself to operate more efficiently in these lean economic times. We must strive to ensure our research dollars are being used most effectively."
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Levy, Daniel, M.D.

Director of the Framingham Heart Study and Director of
Center for Population Studies

Area(s) of Expertise:
Epidemiology and genetics of hypertension, heart disease and heart failure.


We need new approaches to identify people at risk for heart disease and heart failure so that interventions can happen sooner to improve the quality and duration of life for at-risk individuals.
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Loria, Catherine, Ph.D., M.S., F.A.H.A.

Nutritional Epidemiologist and Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
The relation of obesity to cardiovascular disease and its risk factors; behavioral interventions aimed at weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevention of weight gain


"Weight loss in adults is achievable through lifestyle interventions and reduces the risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes; NHLBI is funding studies to test ways to bring these proven strategies to more people in a variety of settings."
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McMurry, Kathryn, M.S.

Nutrition Coordinator
Office of the Director

Area(s) of Expertise:
Nutrition science, obesity, physical activity, food labeling, food technology, food safety


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Mensah, George A., M.D., FACC

Director
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science

Area(s) of Expertise:
Cardiovascular medicine, public health science, health disparities research, and global health


Primary focus is in the application of implementation and systems science approaches to address research translation gaps in order to maximize health impact in the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and the elimination of health inequities.
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Pearson, Gail D, M.D., Sc.D.

Associate Director
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular development, with a particular interest in clinical and translational research in pediatric cardiovascular disease


Oversees and provides leadership for basic, translational, and clinical research on the development, maturation, and functioning of the heart throughout all stages of life.
spokesperson thumbnail image

Rossouw, Jacques, MB.ChB., F.C.P. (S.A.), M.D.

Chief of the Women’s Health Initiative Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise:
Examination of epidemiologic and clinical trial data on postmenopausal hormone therapy, lipids and other biomarkers, and coronary heart disease


Oversees the Women’s Health Initiative, which was established to address the most common causes of death, disability and impaired quality of life in postmenopausal women.
spokesperson thumbnail image

Twery, Michael J., Ph.D.

Director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
Sleep and sleep disorders research


Oversees the support of research and research training related to sleep-disordered breathing, the fundamental functions of sleep and circadian rhythms, and sleep disorder epidemiology and clinical trials.
spokesperson thumbnail image

Weinmann, Gail G., M.D.

Deputy Director
Division of Lung Diseases

Area(s) of Expertise:
pulmonary medicine, pulmonary research


Oversees the direction and administration of numerous programs and initiatives that cut across the DLD’s diverse research portfolio in lung diseases.
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Young, Neal S, M.D.

Chief, Hematology Branch
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Human hematopoiesis, aplastic anemia and the pathogenesis and treatment of bone marrow failure; parvoviruses and immune response to virus infection; mechanisms of genomic instability


"Conducting research at the NHLBI provides me with unique chances to focus my work on rare but important conditions, such as aplastic anemia and graft-versus-host disease."
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Zhao, Keji, Ph.D.

Director, Systems Biology Center
Division of Intramural Research

Area(s) of Expertise:
Epigenetics; genome-wide mapping studies


As Director of the NHLBI Systems Biology Center, oversees a team of investigators who employ genome-wide tools and approaches to understand to understand the complex regulatory networks associated with normal development or disease.

Last Updated: September 01, 2014