FYI from the NHLBI Index

May 2007: Vol. 8, Issue 1
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council's September Meeting

Upcoming NHLBI Workshops and Working Groups

Upcoming 2007 Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council's February Meeting

February 14, 2007

Dr. Nabel welcomed Council members and announced the selection of six new members: Joe Garcia, M.D., University of Chicago; Rao Musunuru, M.D., Bayonet Point/Hudson Cardiology Associates; Jeanine Arden Ornt, J.D., Case Western Reserve University; Paula Polite, Quality Programs for the City of Memphis; Steven Shapiro, M.D., University of Pittsburgh; and Shaun Coughlin, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Nabel announced that Dr. Michael S. Lauer has accepted the position of Director of the Institute's Division of Prevention and Population Sciences. Dr. Lauer is currently Director of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Exercise Laboratory, Vice-Chair of the Clinic's Institutional Review Board, and a contributing editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Dr. Nabel reported that the Institute recently initiated two national educational campaigns. Stay in Circulation: Take Steps to Learn about P.A.D. will raise awareness among those at risk for peripheral arterial disease. COPD: Learn More Breathe Better will focus on increasing awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Dr. Nabel noted that The Heart Truth campaign continues to flourish through promotion of the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease. She also announced that the proposed trans-NIH policy for genome-wide association studies is being reviewed and finalized. Release of the final policy is expected in spring 2007.

Dr. Nabel reviewed the NHLBI budget, noting that the Institute continues to maintain its commitment to investigator-initiated research.

Dr. Nabel noted that the Institute reports to Council biennially on its procedures for, and results of, implementation of the NIH policy for inclusion of women and minorities in clinical studies. The Institute's current report, which presents participation data for clinical studies active in FY 2005, was distributed to Council.

Dr. Nabel asked the Council to review the revised "Delegated Authorities from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council," with special attention to an additional delegated authority proposed to permit the Institute to make certain administrative decisions regarding the selection and funding of competing grant applications in the event of a federally declared emergency. Council approved the additional delegated authority.

Dr. Nabel presented the final draft of the NHLBI Strategic Plan, the result of an intensive 18-month community-wide effort to develop a scientific blueprint for the next 10 years. She reviewed the Institute's strategic planning process and discussed the major substantive components of the draft plan. The Council expressed enthusiasm for the plan and approved it with a few suggested revisions.

Dr. Nabel requested that the Council take the lead in advising the Institute on setting priorities and implementing the plan, evaluating progress, and identifying future adjustments. She announced that a newly reorganized working group of the Council \ now called the Board of External Experts (BEE) \ will be a resource for innovative ideas, and will evaluate and prioritize initiatives and assess implementation of the strategic plan prior to Council's review. The first BEE meeting will be held June 1, 2007, to consider initiatives for FY 2008.

Ms. Paula Polite, Founder and Past President of the Sarcoidosis Research Institute, reported on the eighth annual PIO Meeting.

Dr. Carl Roth, Associate Director for Scientific Program Operation, NHLBI, presented the recommendations of an NHLBI working group charged with reviewing the Institute's training grant program (T32 mechanism).

Dr. Tom Croxton, Program Director, Airway Biology and Disease Branch, Division of Lung Diseases, NHLBI, described the complexity of COPD, summarized the Institute's COPD research program, and highlighted strategic opportunities in COPD research and education.

Ms. Amy Pianalto, Project Director, CARD, NHLBI, described the COPD: Learn More, Breathe Better campaign.

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Full minutes of Council meetings and summaries of the initiatives are available.

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Upcoming NHLBI Workshops and Working Groups


PIO representatives will be accommodated on a space-available basis and will be responsible for their own travel expenses.

Lung Cancer and COPD, Different Outcomes of a Common Etiopathogenetic Pathway

Location: Bethesda, MD
Date: June 26-27, 2007
Contact: Dr. Antonello Punturieri

Identifying a Parts List for the Lung

Location: Bethesda, MD
Date: July 9-10, 2007
Contact: Dr. Herbert Reynolds

Exploring the Microbiome of the Human Lung

Location: Bethesda, MD
Date: July 2007
Contact: Dr. Hannah Peavy

The Role of Circadian Timing in Heart, Lung, and Blood Physiology and Disease

Location: Bethesda, MD
Date: August 2007
Contact: Dr. Michael Twery


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Upcoming 2007 Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council 226th Meeting

Date: June 6
Location: Bethesda, MD

American Professional Sleep Society Meeting

Date: June 10-13
Location: Minneapolis, MN

Platelet Disorder Support Association ITP Conference 2007

Date: June 15-17
Location: Secaucus, NJ

Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board 26th Meeting

Date: June 19
Location: Bethesda, MD

International Society on Hypertension in Blacks 2007 Annual Conference

Date: June 21-24
Location: Orlando, FL

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy 2007 Annual Conference

Date: July 12-15
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome 4th International Conference

Date: July 12-14
Location: Orlando, FL

American Heart Association 4th Annual Symposium

Date: July 30-August 2
Location: Keystone, CO

Histiocytosis Association of America National Conference on Histiocytic Disorders

Date: August 1-3
Location: Lake Buena Vista, FL

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation 2007 Patient and Family Conference

Date: August 15-17
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Scleroderma Foundation National Conference

Date: August 20-22
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Mended Hearts National Annual Convention 2007

Date: August 25-29
Location: San Antonio, TX

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council 227th Meeting

Date: September 12
Location: Bethesda, MD

Pulmonary Hypertension Association PH Resources Network Symposium

Date: October 11-12
Location: Arlington, VA


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