FYI from the NHLBI Index

May 2011: Vol. 12, Issue 1
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council February Meeting

Upcoming 2011 Events


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council February Meeting

February 15, 2011

Dr. Susan B. Shurin, Acting Director of the NHLBI, welcomed members to the 241st meeting of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council.

Dr. David Barker, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Southampton, and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Oregon Heath and Science University, discussed his research on the origins of chronic disease, the long-term effects of childhood compensatory growth (growth at above-normal rates after a period of retarded growth), and fetal nutrition and placental growth.

Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, NIH, updated the Council on the activities of the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), established by the NIH Reform Act of 2006 to advise the NIH Director regarding the use of certain organizational authorities.

The SMRB recommended that a new translational medicine and therapeutics Center be established, and that the NIH evaluate the impact of the new Center on existing programs at the NIH, including the National Center for Research Resources.

The SMRB also recommended the creation of a new Institute focusing on research on substance use, abuse, and addiction that would integrate relevant research portfolios from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and other Institutes and Centers.

Dr. Tabak also discussed how the NIH is addressing diversity/health equity issues. The NIH is working to enhance the framework by which diversity-related programs are implemented. It has broadened the eligibility criteria for its Minority Supplement Program to include individuals who are disadvantaged due to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or disability, and it continues to promote consistency with these eligibility criteria in its other diversity programs.

The NIH is also reviewing program data on the diversity of its workforce, and has established a Diversity Task Force to facilitate NIH-wide strategic planning.

Dr. Shurin informed the Council that the search for a new NHLBI Director is continuing.

Dr. Shurin stressed that the NHLBI is working to maintain its funding paylines during this stringent economic period.

At the time of the Council meeting, the NIH was operating on a Continuing Resolution for FY 2011, which allowed the federal government to operate at budget levels enacted for FY 2010. The FY 2012 President's Budget for NHLBI is not significantly different from FY 2011 Continuing Resolution levels (1.7 percent increase overall).

The Institute is continuing efforts to minimize adverse effects on grantees during this lengthy period of budgetary constraint. Institute policy comprises making strategic cuts, but fully funding those applications it selects to award, rather than making across-the-board cuts that hurt all investments.

The Institute continues to look carefully at budget justification, project overlap, and opportunities for alternative support. In addition, the Institute will limit new initiatives; defer funding of some large projects until later in the year; enhance accountability by funding few (or no) administrative supplements and by carefully considering performance measures, especially in large projects and clinical trials; and accept no applications transferred from other Institutes or Centers.

Council members expressed appreciation for the Institute's efforts during this difficult period and offered additional suggestions and comments.

Dr. Carl Roth, Acting Deputy Director of the NHLBI and Associate Director for Scientific Program Operation, presented the Institute's biennial report on its procedures for, and results of, implementing the NIH policy for inclusion of women and minorities in clinical studies. The biennial report is mandated by the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993. The Council found the Institute to be in compliance.

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

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Upcoming 2011 Events


Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia Foundation, Inc. 9th HHT Scientific Conference external link

Date: May 20 - 24, 2011
Location: Kemer, Turkey

Sarcoidosis Network Foundation, Inc. 19th Annual Conference external link

Date: May 21, 2011
Location: Cerritos, CA

Mended Hearts 59th Annual Convention external link

Date: June 1 - 5, 2011
Location: New Orleans, LA

Alpha-1 Association 20th Annual National Education Conference external link

Date: June 10 - 12, 2011
Location: St. Paul, MN

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, Inc. 2011 Patient and Family Conferences external link

Date: June 11, 2011
Location: Cleveland, OH

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council

Date: June 15, 2011
Location: Bethesda, MD

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 2011 International TSC Research Conference external link

Date: July 6 - 9, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Take Off Pounds Sensibly Club, Inc. International Recognition Days external link

Date: July 7 - 9, 2011
Location: Milwaukee, WI

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy 2011 Connect Conference external link

Date: July 7 - 10, 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD

Platelet Disorder Support Association ITP Conference 2011 external link

Date: July 8 - 10, 2011
Location:Boston, MA

Scleroderma Foundation 2011 National Patient Education Conference external link

Date: July 8 - 10, 2011
Location:San Francisco, CA

Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Foundation PCD Family Day 2011 external link

Date:July 15 - 16, 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA

Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome International 6th International CFC Family Conference & Clinic Program external link

Date: July 28 - 30, 2011
Location:Rosemont, IL

Noonan Syndrome Support Group, Inc. 10th International Conference external link

Date:July 28 - 30, 2011
Location:Rosemont, IL

Histiocytosis Association of America 2011 National Conference external link

Date:July 30 - 31, 2011
Location:Hollywood, CA

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council

Date:September 9, 2011
Location:Bethesda, MD

Vascular Disease Foundation Current Issues in Vascular Disease external link

Date:September 14 - 15, 2011
Location:Washington, DC

Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Info & Research, Inc. Patient Conference external link

Date:September 19 - 20, 2011
Location:Denver, CO

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 2011 Annual Meeting and Continuing Medical Education Program external link

Date:September 23 - 25, 2011
Location:Minneapolis, MN

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. SCDAA 39th Annual Convention external link

Date:September 27 - October 1, 2011
Location:Memphis, TN

Iron Disorders Institute 2011 Conference for the Patient and Physician external link

Date:October 1 - 2, 2011
Location:Charlotte, NC

Narcolepsy Network 26th Annual Patient Conference external link

Date: October 13 - 15, 2011
Location:Las Vegas, NV

Last Updated May 9, 2011

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