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NHLBI Research and Policy Update
Number 51   March 2008

This electronic distribution list provides updates from the NHLBI Web Site for the research community. The updates will be sent as needed, but no more than once a week.

bulletFunding Updates

 Please Note: Links to RFAs, PAs, and Guide Notices will take you to the NIH Web site. RFPs will take you to FedBizOpps. Links to RFPs will not work past their proposal receipt date. Archived versions of RFPs posted on FEDBIZOPPS can be found on the FedBizOpps site using the FedBizOpps search function. Under Document to Search, simply select Archived Documents.

RFA-HL-08-005: Immunomodulatory, Inflammatory, and Vasoregulatory Properties of Transfused Red Blood Cell Units as a Function of Preparation and Storage (R01)
 Opening Date: April 21, 2008 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to
 Receipt Dates: Letter of Intent, April 21, 2008; December 19, 2008
Application, May 21, 2008; January 21, 2009

NOT-HL-08-114: Request for Information (RFI): Public Comment on Development of a Funding Opportunity Announcement on Translating Discoveries in the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences

NOT-OD-08-058: New Frequently Asked Questions Added to OLAW Web Page

NOT-NS-08-020: Addendum to NOT-NS-08-013 (NIH Administrative Revisions for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) Research Using Non-Embryonic Sources)

NOT-HL-08-113: NHLBI Does Not Accept R21 Applications Primarily Related to Cancer Research

NOT-OD-08-060: Request for Information: NIH Public Access Policy

NOT-OD-08-057: Notice of Public Meeting: Seeking Comments on Implementation of the NIH Public Access Policy

NOT-OD-08-053: Registration Open for the Tenth Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference (July 22-23, 2008)

NOT-RM-08-012: Notice of Amendment to the Resubmission Restriction, Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54), RFA-RM-08-002

NOT-HG-08-003: Correction to Notice-HG-08-002, Administrative Supplements for Making Knockout Mice

For additional initiatives, please visit the following Web page:
NHLBI Grants and Contracts page: Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)

bulletPolicy Updates

NHLBI Announcement: Institute to Realign its Sickle Cell Disease Research Program

Tips for Certificate of Confidentiality Applicants

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

bulletTraining Updates

Commitment to New Investigators (Updated)

Guidelines for the Applicant: Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Updated)

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


List of upcoming meetings

Mitochondrial Biology in Cardiovascular Health and Diseases Conference, October 6-7, 2008

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council, June 11, 2008

Symposium on Mucolipin Function in Disease, June 2-3, 2008

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

The Roles of Glycans in Hemostasis, Inflammation and Vascular Biology, NHLBI Working Group Report, February 25-26, 2008

Circadian-Coupled Cellular Function and Disease in Heart, Lung, and Blood, Workshop Executive Summary, September 20, 2007

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council Meeting Minutes, September 12, 2007

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

bulletPress Releases

NHLBI Media Availability: Coronary Calcium Measurement Predicts Heart Events in Multiple Ethnic Groups, March 26, 2008

After School Programs Can Increase Physical Activity of Adolescent Girls, March 13, 2008

Personal Counseling and Web-Based Strategies Show Modest Success for Sustaining Weight Loss, According to NHLBI Study, March 11, 2008

NHLBI Announcement: Institute to Realign its Sickle Cell Disease Research Program, March 10, 2008

Researchers Identify Genetic Variation to Predict Initial Response to Commonly Prescribed Blood Thinning Drug, March 5, 2008

WHI Follow-up Study Confirms Health Risks of Long-Term Combination Hormone Therapy Outweigh Benefits for Postmenopausal Women, March 4, 2008

NHLBI Issues First U.S. von Willebrand Disease Clinical Practice Guidelines, February 29, 2008

For additional Press Releases, please visit the NHLBI News Room

bulletSelected NHLBI Vacancies

 To receive bi-weekly e-updates about NHLBI job opportunities, please e-mail your request to Marianna Mertts, PhD, Office of Workforce Management.

(Links to announcements will not work past their closing date.)

Position Title Location
Salary and Grade
Closing Date

Medical Officer, Women's Health Initiative Branch
Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1656

Bethesda, MD

$82,961 - $127,442

May 10, 2008

Medical Officer, Women's Health Initiative Branch
Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1778

Bethesda, MD $115,317 - $149,000
May 10, 2008

Medical Officer, Division of Prevention and Population Sciences
Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1713

Bethesda, MD $82,961 - $127,442
May 10, 2008
Medical Officer, Division of Prevention and Population Sciences
Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1779
Bethesda, MD $115,317 - $149,000
May 10, 2008

Program Director, Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch
listed in USAJOBS as:
Health Scientist Administrator NHLBI-08-239426-DE

Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1361

Bethesda, MD

$82,961 - $127,442

HSA: GS-0601-13/14

Med. Officer: GS-0602-13/14

April 4, 2008
Scientific Review Administrator
listed in USAJOBS as:
Health Scientist Administrator - NHLBI-08-245238-DE

Bethesda, MD

$69,764 - $127,442


March 31, 2008
Medical Officer HHS/NIH-2008-1328 Bethesda, MD

$98,033 - $149,000

March 28, 2008

Branch Chief, Airways Biology and Disease Branch
listed in USAJOBs as:
Health Scientist Administrator (Branch Chief) NHLBI-08-242231-DE

Medical Officer (Branch Chief) NHLBI-08-242240-DH

Bethesda, MD

$115,317 - $149,000

HSA: GS-0601-15/15

Med. Officer: GS-0602-15/15

March 28, 2008

Note: There are often changes and additions to the selected vacancy list. For the most current information, please visit the NHLBI Jobs Opportunities page

bulletOther Items of Interest

New Limited Access Datasets:

The Retrovirus Epidemiology Donor Study HTLV Cohort (REDS). This project conducted a longitudinal, multicenter epidemiologic study of the human retroviruses HIV-1, HIV-2, HTLV-I, and HTLV-II in volunteer blood donors from areas of the United States that were reportedly at high and medium or low risk for HIV.

Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).
This project investigated the prevalence, correlates, and progression of subclinical CVD and risk factors that predict progression to clinically overt CVD, and that predict progression of subclinical disease itself, in a population-based sample of 6,800 ethnically diverse men and women.

Prevention of Events with Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition (PEACE) Trial.
This project conducted a trial to test the hypothesis that patients with stable coronary artery disease and normal or slightly reduced left ventricular function derive therapeutic benefit from the addition of ACE inhibitors to modern conventional therapy.

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