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RECOMMENDATIONS RELATED TO EPIDEMIOLOGY POTENTIALLY DESERVING INCREASED EMPHASIS (listed by task force or workshop)


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  • Task Force on Epidemiology and Prevention of CVD, 1994.

    1. Incorporate cultural assessment techniques into cardiovascular studies.
    2. Enhance knowledge of the role of physical activity in reducing CVD and its complications.

  • Task Force on Behavioral Research in Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Health and Disease, 1998.

    1. Encourage research on behavioral issues relevant to lung and blood diseases.
    2. Encourage further research on the biological mechanisms that underlie associations between behavior and disease.

  • Conference on Socioeconomic Status and Cardiovascular Health and Disease, 1995.

    1. Develop, validate and incorporate more sophisticated measures of SES, with explicit attention to features that may condition the definition in women, minorities and rural residents.
    2. Study SES from childhood on; including influences of the family, community, school and workplace.

  • Working Group on Research in Coronary Heart Disease in Blacks, 1994.

    1. Establish culturally specific and reliable dietary assessment tools that allow determination of the nutrient composition of the diets of black populations.
    2. Encourage the biomedical community to take greater responsibility for the ways in which genetic research comparing ethnic groups is communicated.
    3. Develop innovative, new methods for assessing energy expenditure related to physical activity, particularly in community-based studies.

  • Special Emphasis Panel on Opportunities and Obstacles to Genetic Research, 1997.

    1. Provide necessary funding to facilitate collaborations between new investigators and existing large collections.

  • National Sleep Disorders Research Plan, 1996.

    1. Develop new technological approaches for diagnosis and screening of sleep disorders and for detecting abnormalities of sleep as early biological markers of psychiatric illnesses.

  • Expert Panel on Genetic Strategies for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases, 1993.

    1. Establish interdisciplinary training programs.
    2. Organize workshops/courses in which investigators can present possible studies to experts in statistical genetics and epidemiology to obtain a detailed proposal critique.
    3. Once genetic factors have been identified, support research to evaluate the cost-benefit issues and the impact of genetic screening on prevention and treatment.
    4. Address the need for guidelines for Institutional Review Boards reviewing genetic family studies.

  • Task Force on Research in Atherosclerosis, 1991.

    1. Further studies to evaluate the importance of oxidative modification of LDL and other modifications and to explore the potential for clinical intervention.
    2. More detailed investigation of the consequences of marked hypocholesterolemia are required.

  • Task Force on Research in Heart Failure, 1994.

    1. By using molecular biology techniques, it may be possible to identify a genetic basis for the risk for heart failure.

  • Respiratory Health of Women: Current Perspective and Future Research Needs, 1992.

    1. Influence of gender on natural history of asthma; genetic basis of asthma.

  • Sickle Cell Task Force Report on Investigator- and Institute-initiated Research, 1993.

    1. A prospective epidemiological study of sickle cell disease and sickle crises with respect to various markers of coagulation and fibrinolysis is needed.


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