It is my pleasure to announce the selection of David C. Goff, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., as the next Director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS), effective November 28, 2016. A distinguished cardiovascular epidemiologist and NHLBI-funded principal investigator, Dr. Goff knows the experiences of the NHLBI community firsthand, and has the leadership skills to effectively foster its collective efforts.
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, prompting all of us to take a moment to reflect on this devastating genetic disorder and why it is so important to advance research that may lead to better symptom management and potentially, a cure. Sickle cell disease (SCD) today has almost 100,000 people in its grip in the United States, and millions more worldwide. Many suffer terribly and die young.