FYI from the NHLBI Index

September 2001: Vol. 2, Issue 2
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council's June Meeting

After calling the meeting to order, Dr. Lenfant described legislation passed by the previous Congress that established a group of educational loan repayment programs. The NIH views these as very worthwhile programs and has established a committee to develop implementation guidelines. Four programs are provided for in the legislation:

  • clinical research,
  • pediatric research,
  • clinical research for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and
  • minority health disparities research.
A pilot implementation of the programs will begin in 2002 with an estimated overall NIH budget of $230,000,000.

Dr. Lenfant also reviewed the President's FY 2002 budget for the NHLBI, which provides the Institute $2,567.4 billion (an increase of $268.3 million or 11.7% increase over the FY 2001 budget).

Dr. Barbara Alving, Director of the Division of Blood Diseases and Resources, gave an overview of the results of the April 2001 meeting of the Board of Extramural Affairs (BEA), a working group of the NHLBAC. The BEA provides the Institute with a mechanism for receiving advice from leaders of scientific communities and assists the Institute in communicating new developments and plans to its investigators. The proposed FY 2002/2003 initiatives evaluated by the BEA were developed with community participation through workshops, working group meetings, and other interactions between Institute staff and investigators. Following Dr. Alving's presentation, the Council reviewed, discussed, and approved a total of 27 initiatives.

During the closed portion of the meeting, the Council concurred on the award of 332 grants for a total cost of $130,090,147.

The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for 8:30 A.M. on September 6, 2001. It is open to the public and will be in NIH Building 31C, Conference Room 10.

The FYI from the NHLBI staff thanks Ms. Paula Polite, member of the NHLBAC and President of the Sarcoidosis Research Institute, for her efforts in preparing this summary. Full minutes of Council meetings are available.

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Third Annual PIO Meeting Scheduled for February 2002

The NHLBI will sponsor its annual meeting with representatives of various public interest organizations on February 6, 2002. As in previous years, the meeting date immediately precedes the winter meeting of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council to facilitate interactions between organization representatives and Council members. However, this year's meeting will have a slightly different format - instead of having several formal presentations interspersed with breakout sessions, it will consist primarily of workshops and seminars on topics identified by representatives who attended last year's meeting. "Save the Date" letters announcing the event have been mailed to organization leaders; we hope each of your groups will be represented.

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Upcoming Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council meeting

Date: 9/6/01
Dates: 10/18/01
Location: 8:30am - 2:00pm, NIH Main Campus, Building 31C, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD.
Details: All NHLBAC meetings are open to the public.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council meeting

Dates: 10/18/01
Location: 8:30am - 2:00pm, NIH Main Campus, Building 31C, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD.
Details: All NHLBAC meetings are open to the public.

American Dietetic Association Annual Meeting and Exhibition

Dates: 10/20/01 - 10/23/01
Location: St. Louis, MO.
Details: Sessions address the ADA's five strategic areas: Technology, Complementary Care, Genetics, Obesity, and Retail Food.

American Public Health Association's 129th Annual Meeting and Exposition

Dates: 10/21/01 - 10/25/01
Location: Atlanta, GA.
Details: "One World: Global Health" is the theme of the meeting.

American College of Chest Physicians' 67th Annual International Scientific Assembly

Dates: 11/4/01 - 11/8/01
Location: Philadelphia, PA.
Details: CHEST 2001 addresses issues relevant to clinical chest and critical care medicine and cardiothoracic surgery.

American Heart Association's 74th Annual Scientific Session

Dates: 11/11/01 - 11/14/01
Location: Anaheim, CA.
Details: The meeting emphasizes advances in cardiovascular research.

Great American Smokeout

Dates: 11/15/01
Details: Join the millions who have quit smoking since the first Great American Smokeout in 1971.

American Society of Hematology's 43rd Annual Meeting

Dates: 12/7/01 - 12/11/01
Location: Orlando, FL.
Details: The meeting, directed toward the research community, promotes exchange of information relating to blood, blood-forming tissues, and blood diseases.

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