Third Annual Public Interest Organization Meeting
February 6, 2002 - Bethesda, Maryland
Questions and Answers and Closing Remarks
Dr. Claude Lenfant, Director, NHLBI, moderated a brief question-and-answer period.
He emphasized that the purpose of the PIO meetings is twofold:
- to acquaint the PIOs with the NHLBI and encourage them to participate in the Institute's
programs and activities, especially clinical research, and
- to inform the NHLBI about its constituencies, the PIOs.
Through the annual meetings with the PIOs, the NHLBI hopes to create a symbiotic relationship
with the PIOs and to elicit their candid comments and input on the Institute's activities.
Dr. Lenfant noted that the NHLBI was pleased to collaborate with the LRF to stimulate
research on lymphatic disease, and he welcomed similar collaborations with other PIOs.
The participants thanked the NHLBI for convening the annual PIO meetings. It was suggested
that a future meeting could include a session on the structuring of conferences and workshops to
develop research agendas. Dr. Lenfant encouraged the PIOs to apply for NIH conference grants
when the state of the science in their area is sufficient for fruitful
discussion and identification of significant opportunities for research.
Dr. Lenfant invited the PIO representatives to attend the next day's meeting of the
NHLBAC and to provide additional input and comments directly to staff at any
time. He also encouraged the PIOs to access the NHLBI Web site (www.nhlbi.nih.gov) and
the NHLBI Express (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/public) and to read and utilize
articles in the FYI from the NHLBI (www.nhlbi.nih.gov/public/FYIfront.htm).
Dr. Lenfant thanked the PIOs for
participating and adjourned the meeting, saying "see you again next year."
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