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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 23   November 2005
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bulletFunding Updates

 Please Note: Links to RFAs and PAs will take you to the NIH Web site

The National Institutes of Health Introduces the 2006 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program
The award, a key component of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, supports exceptionally creative scientists who take innovative approaches to major challenges in biomedical research. The program is open to scientists at all career levels.

RFA-RM-06-005: NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (DP1)
 Receipt Dates: Opening Date (Earliest date an application may be submitted to
January 15, 2006
Application, February 27, 2006, 8:00 p.m. (EST)

RFA-HL-06-004: NHLBI Exploratory Program in Systems Biology (R33)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, February 8, 2006
Application, March 10, 2006

RFA-HL-06-003: Mechanisms Linking Short Sleep Duration and Risk of Obesity or Overweight (R01)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, December 22, 2005
Application, January 25, 2006

PDF fileNHLBI-HR-06-08: Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT): Data Coordinating Center (DCC)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, December 15, 2005
Application, January 24, 2006

PDF fileRFP: NHLBI-HR-06-07: Long-term Oxygen Treatment Trial (LOTT): Regional Clinical Centers (RCCs)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, December 15, 2005
Application, January 24, 2006

PDF fileRFP - Amendment 2: NHLBI-HC-06-01: Hispanic Community Health Study - Coordinating Center

PA-06-056: Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (STTR [R41/R42])

PA-06-055: Bioengineering Approaches to Energy Balance and Obesity (SBIR [R43/R44])

PA-06-076: Protein Interactions Governing Membrane Transport in Pulmonary Health and Disease (R01)

For additional initiatives, please visit the following Web page:
NHLBI Grants and Contracts page

bulletPolicy Updates

NHLBI Strategic Plan

FY 2006 Funding and Operating Guidelines (Updated)

FY 2007 Funding And Operating Guidelines

Allowable Requested Direct Costs for Program Projects (P01) (Updated)

For additional policy documents, please visit Funding / Award Policy section on the following Web page:
Funding, Training, and Policies

bulletTraining Updates

Biomedical Research Training Program for Individuals from Underrepresented Groups (Updated)

For more information on training and career development programs, please visit the following Web page:
Training and Career Development


List of upcoming meetings

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council, February 1, 2006

For more information, and the most current list of upcoming meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Announcements of NHLBI Meetings, Conferences, and Events

Reports of past meetings

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council Meeting Summary, October 26, 2005

Modifiers of Arrhythmias: New Targets for Therapy and Prevention, NHLBI Working Group Summary, September 14, 2005

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Their Role in Cardiac Arrhythmogenesis: Research Challenges and Opportunities, NHLBI Workshop Summary, August 29-30, 2005

Data Needs for CVD Events, Management, and Outcomes, NHLBI Workshop Summary, May 26-27, 2005

For more information on past meetings, please visit the following Web page:
Workshop and Meeting Summaries, and Other Scientific Reports

bulletPress Releases

NHLBI Research Highlights at American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions: Findings on Women and Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome in African Americans, Impact of Sodium Reduction on Risk of Cardiovascular Disease or Death, November 15, 2005

Replacing Some Carbohydrates with Protein and Unsaturated Fat May Enhance Heart Health Benefits, November 15, 2005

Sleep Apnea and Risk for Stroke and Death, November 9, 2005

Metabolic Syndrome in Girls, November 7, 2005

Lung Scarring Diseases Linked to Genes and Smoking, November 1, 2005

For additional Press Releases, please visit the following Web page:
Current Press Releases

bulletSelected NHLBI Vacancies

The NHLBI has no vacancies to highlight at this time. Note: There are often changes and additions, for the most current information, please visit the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page

bulletOther Items of Interest

Trans-NIH Mouse Initiatives: KO Mice Procured
19 NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICO) contributed over $10 million to the procurement, and by working together, the ICOs acquired far more mouse lines than they could have separately. Those and other resources are available on the Trans-NIH Mouse Initiabives Web site

PACT: Production Assistance for Cellular Therapies
PACT is an NHLBI-funded contract manufacturing program aimed at helping investigators develop novel somatic cell therapies. The program will aid investigators by providing production assistance in areas ranging from translational development to the scale-up of a product that is intended for use in human clinical trials.

New Limited Access Dataset now available: The Magnesium in Coronaries Study (MAGIC)
This study was designed to determine whether early intravenous magnesium treatment of patients with suspected acute myocardial infarction reduces mortality.

New Limited Access Dataset now available: The Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis Study (PIOPED)
This study proposed to determine the sensitivities and specificities of ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scans for acute pulmonary embolism (PE).

NHLBI Express: Legislative Update, October 2005

HF-ACTION—Heart Failure: A Controlled Trial Investigating Outcomes of Exercise Training

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