FYI from the NHLBI Index

September 2004: Vol. 5, Issue 2
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Councilís May Meeting

Upcoming 2004 Events

September is National Cholesterol Education Month

National Cholesterol Education Program logoInvigorate your cholesterol education activities with materials and tools from the 2004 National Cholesterol Education Month Kit. Designed for use by the public and health professionals, the kit is available online at cholesterol kit

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

May 13, 2004

Dr. Barbara Alving announced that May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month, Ms. Sandra Gault described the budget report, and Dr. Carl Roth presented new guidelines for program project grants.

Sixteen initiatives, all of which had been reviewed by the Board of Extramural Advisors, were presented by the NHLBI staff. The Council supported all of the initiatives and made several recommendations for consideration.

Dr. Jeffrey Cutler reported on data that showed a significant increase in blood pressure levels among children and adolescents. Dr. Gail Pearson presented an overview of new clinical practice guidelines on high blood pressure in children and adolescents.

The NHLBI plans to collaborate with the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health and Science (DHHS/OPHS) on stroke research and outreach. Dr. Story Landis, Director, NINDS; Dr. Larry Hodes, Director, NIA; and Dr. Larry Fields, Senior Executive Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS/OPHS, spoke about the stroke-related activities of their organizations and described areas of research and outreach of relevance to the NHLBI.

Dr. John Fakunding described the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Award, and announced the Institute’s plans for a recompetition of the program. Dr. Sonia Skarlatos announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Vascular Injury, Repair, and Remodeling.

During the closed portion of the meeting, the Council concurred on the award of 380 grants for a total cost of $185,334,000.

The next National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC) meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on September 2, 2004. It is open to the public and will be held in NIH Building 31C, Conference Room 10.

The FYI from the NHLBI staff thanks Ms. Sue Byrnes, member of the NHLBAC and director of the LAM Foundation, for her efforts in preparing this summary. Full minutes of Council meetings and summaries of the initiatives are available.

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Upcoming 2004 Events

National Sickle Cell Month

Date: September 1-30

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council

Dates: September 2 and October 21
Location: Building 31C, Conference Room 10, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD.
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

32nd Annual Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Convention

Dates: September 29 - October 2
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Healthy Lung Month

Dates: October 1 - 31

12th Annual Conference on Sarcoidosis

Dates: October 1 - 3
Location: Orlando, Florida

17th World Conference of Family Doctors

Dates: October 13 - 17
Location: Orlando, Florida

6th International National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Conference

Dates: October 20 - 24
Location: Sparks/Reno, Nevada

American College of Chest Physicians - CHEST 2004

Dates: October 23-28
Location: Seattle, Washington

National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month

Dates: November 1 - 30

132nd Annual Meeting - American Public Health Association

Dates: November 6 - 10
Location: Washington, DC

American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Dates: November 7 - 10
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

2nd National Restless Legs Syndrome Meeting

Dates: November 12 - 13
Location: Long Beach, California

National Aplastic Anemia Awareness Week

Dates: December 1 - 7

46th Annual Meeting - The American Society of Hematology (ASH)

Dates: December 4 - 7
Location: San Diego, California

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