FYI from the NHLBI Index

September 2012: Vol. 13, Issue 2
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council February Meeting

Upcoming 2012 Events


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council June Meeting

June 13, 2012

Dr. Shurin, Acting Director, NHLBI, welcomed members to the 246th meeting of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council.

Dr. Shurin updated the Council on several NHLBI and NIH leadership appointments: Dr. Gary H. Gibbons has been appointed the next NHLBI Director and is expected to start in early August; Ms. Sandy Gault, NHLBI Financial Management Officer, is retiring at the end of the month; Mr. Alex Hawkins is the new NHLBI Financial Management Officer; and Ms. Debra C. Chew has been appointed Director, NIH Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

Dr Shurin updated the Council on member news: Mr. Jonathan Alger has been named President of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Dr. Lanetta Jordan joined the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

Dr. Shurin discussed the FY2013 President's Budget, which would increase the NHLBI budget by 0.02%, or approximately $700 thousand. Despite the modest increase, the research project grant line would decrease slightly, in part due to a mandated increase in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) funding. The reauthorization of the SBIR/STTR programs requires increasing the set-aside percentages over the course of the next 6 years.

Dr. Shurin updated the Council on the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and the proposed National Institute of Substance Use and Addiction Disorders that would encompass all substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research and supplant the current National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Shurin discussed the proposed NIH policy for Special Council Review, i.e., extra consideration before awarding a grant to a PI with $1.5 million or more annual NIH research support in total costs. (Note: The policy has since been changed to $1.0 million in direct costs. Please see OD-12-140.html for a full description.)

Dr. Michael Lauer, Director, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, NHLBI, presented an update of ongoing activities in the Institute's program divisions to assess impact and productivity of research investments. He also discussed developing results-based accountability as a part of the NHLBI culture.

Dr. Monica Shah, NHLBI AIDS Coordinator, discussed the NHLBI AIDS program, which has an independent budget ($68 million in FY2012), a separate payline that is approximately 10 percentile points higher than the regular payline, specific receipt dates, and specific review. Success rates of AIDS applications are much higher than those of non-AIDS applications - 42% versus 18% in FY2011. The NHLBI hopes to encourage more submissions of AIDS projects and hopes to understand the barriers to submission.

Council member Dr. Lanetta Jordan reported on the 13th annual NHLBI PIO meeting held June 11-12, 2012. Four Council members attended the meeting in addition to representatives from PIOs and professional societies and NHLBI staff.

Dr. Joylene John-Sowah, Medical Officer, NHLBI, and Dr. George Buchanan, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Co-Chair, Sickle Cell Guidelines Expert Panel, presented background and a summary of the Panel's report on the management of sickle cell disease. The Panel had been convened at the request of the Council to develop evidence-based sickle cell disease guidelines.

Dr. John-Sowah outlined the guideline development steps and the review and approval process. Release of the guide lines is expected in December 2012. Dr. Buchanan discussed the goals of the panel, which are to generate implementable evidence-based recommendations on managing sickle cell disease in clinical practice and to identify gaps in knowledge for additional research.

Dr. Pamela Douglas, Ursula Geller Professor for Research in Cardiovascular Diseases and Director, Cardiovascular Imaging Program, Duke University School of Medicine, and Council member, presented a report of the Council Working Group on Clinical Practice Guidelines. The working group had been asked to consider whether the NHLBI should create guidelines. She offered a snapshot of the cost of guideline creation and dissemination and presented pros and cons for creation of guidelines by the NHLBI.

Dr. Larry Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, NIH, and the Council recognized Dr. Shurin's outstanding service as Acting Director of the NHLBI for the past 2.5 years.

NHLBI staff presented 7 new initiatives and 5 renewals, all of which had been reviewed in May by the Board of External Experts. The Council was mostly supportive of the initiatives presented, but made a number of specific recommendations for consideration prior to their release.

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

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Upcoming 2012 Events

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association 2012 Annual Conference Program external link

Date: September 13 - 15, 2012
Location: Orlando, FL

Itís My Heart 4th Annual CHD Family Conference external link

Date: September 14 - 16, 2012
Location: Houston, TX

Vascular Disease Foundation Annual Meeting external link

Date: September 21 - 23, 2012
Location: Tysons Corner, VA

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, Inc. 2012 Patient and Family Conferences external link

Date: September 22, 2012
Location: Dallas, TX

Date: October 20, 2012
Location: Chicago, IL

PXE (Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum) International 2012 Biennial Conference external link

Date: September 22 - 23, 2012
Location: Bethesda, MD

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. 40th Annual Conference external link

Date: September 25 - 28, 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD

Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc. 24th Annual Scientific Symposium external link

Date: September 27 - 30, 2012
Location: Denver, CO

First Candle / SIDS Alliance 2012 International Conference on Stillbirth, SIDS, and Infant Survival external link

Date: October 4 - 7, 2012
Location: Baltimore, MD

WomenHeart 2012 Science & Leadership Symposium external link

Date: October 5 - 8, 2012
Location: Rochester, MN

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation 6th International Conference external link

Date: October 12 - 14, 2012
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Narcolepsy Network 27th Annual Patient Conference external link

Date: October 19 - 21, 2012
Location: Cleveland, OH

HHT (Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia) Foundation International National Conference external link

Date: October 26 - 28, 2012
Location: Orlando, FL

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council 248th Meeting

Date: October 30, 2012
Location: Bethesda, MD

National Hemophilia Foundation 64th Annual Meeting external link

Date: November 8 - 10, 2012
Location: Orlando, FL

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance 2012 Regional TSC Conference Series external link

Date: November 11, 2012
Location: Boston, MA

Date: November 17, 2012
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Parent Heart Watch 2013 National Conference external link

Date: January 17 - 20, 2013
Location: Seattle, WA

National Sleep Foundation Sleep Health & Safety 2013 external link

Date: March 1 - 2, 2013
Location: National Harbor, MD

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Last Updated September 2012

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