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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 24   December 2005
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bulletFunding Updates

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

NHLBI Gene Therapy Resource Program (GTRP), 5 Related RFPs:
NHLBI-HV-07-05: Lentivirus Vector Production Core Laboratory
NHLBI-HV-07-04: Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) Vector Production Core Laboratory
NHLBI-HV-07-03: Preclinical Vector Production Core Laboratory
NHLBI-HV-07-02: Pharmacology/Toxicology Core Laboratory
NHLBI-HV-07-01: Clinical Coordinating Center
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, January 13, 2006
Proposal, April 14, 2006

RFA-HL-06-007: Weight Loss in Obese Adults with Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Clinical Interventions (U01)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, January 17, 2006
Application, February 15, 2006

RFA-HL-06-006: Clinical Hematology Research Career Development Program (K12)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, January 17, 2006
Application, February 14, 2006

RFA-DK-06-005: High-Density Genotyping of Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Sample Collections (R01)
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, March 14, 2006
Application, April 12,, 2006

RFA-HL-06-002: Community-Responsive Interventions to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in American Indians and Alaska Natives
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, February 10, 2006
Application, March 10, 2006

PAR-06-115: Career Enhancement Award for Stem Cell Research (K18)

PAR-06-104: Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment (R01)

Parenting Capacities and Health Outcomes in Youths and Adolescents, 2 Program Announcements:
      PA-06-098: R21
      PA-06-097: R01

Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology Initiative, 2 Program Announcements:
      PAR-06-089: STTR [R41/R42]
      PAR-06-088: SBIR [R43/R44]

PA-06-087: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)

Research on Social Work Practice and Concepts in Health, 3 Program Announcements:
      PA-06-081: R01
      PA-06-082: R03
      PA-06-083: R21

NOT-HL-06-113: Availability of WHI Website related to BAA-NHLBI-WH-06-09: Opportunity to Use Women’s Health Initiative Resources

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

bulletPolicy Updates

No new or revised policies have been issued.

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

bulletTraining Updates

No updates or new training documents have been issued.

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


List of upcoming meetings

WHI Conference: The WHI Legacy to Future Generations of Women, February 28, 2006

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 Committee Meeting Minutes, September 16, 2005

NHLBI Working Group on HIV-Associated Lung Infections: Bridging Innate and Acquired Immunity, Executive Summary, September 27, 2005

Data Needs for CVD Events, Management, and Outcomes: Workshop Agenda and Presentation Summaries, May 26,2005

Full Report on Competencies for Overweight and Obesity Identification, Prevention, and Treatment, May 4, 2005

Needs and Opportunities for Research in Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Report of a NHLBI/Office of Rare Diseases Workshop, May 10, 2004 (Am J Respir Crit Care Med)

Clinical Issues and Research in Respiratory Failure from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome: Report of a NHLBI/CDC/NIAID Workshop, October 2003 (Published in Am J Respir Crit Care Med, 2005)

Investigative Bronchoprovocation and Bronchoscopy in Airway Diseases: Report of a NHLBI/NIAID Workshop, July 25, 2003 (Am J Respir Crit Care Med)

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

bulletPress Releases

Having a Sibling with Heart Disease Significantly Raises Personal Heart Disease Risk, December 27, 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 addition, for the most current inforation, please visit the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page

bulletOther Items of Interest

Program Update: Seven National Centers for Biomedical Computing

National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBC) will develop and implement the core of a universal computing infrastructure that is urgently needed to speed progress in biomedical research. The centers will create innovative software programs and other tools that enable the biomedical community to integrate, analyze, model, simulate, and share data on human health and disease.

Collaborations with National Centers for Biomedical Computing (PAR-05-063)
This PAR is for projects from individual-investigators or small groups to collaborate with the recently-formed National Centers for Biomedical Computing (NCBCs). The intention of the collaborating projects is to engage researchers across the nation in building an excellent biomedical computing environment, using the computational tools and biological and behavioral application drivers of the funded NCBCs as foundation stones. The major goal of this program announcement ( is to provide the resources for a wide range of biomedical, behavioral, and computational researchers to establish new collaborations with the NIH NCBCs.

 Application Receipt Dates(s): May 17, 2005; January 17, 2006; May 17, 2006; January 17, 2007; May 17, 2007; January 17, 2008

Please visit the Web site (
The three Centers added in 2005 can be found at the top of the page. For the four Centers previously added, please scroll down.

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