To further our commitment to investigator-initiated research and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs), I am pleased to inform you that the Institute is now participating in NIH's R56 mechanism, known as the "High-Priority, Short-Term Project Award."
The NHLBI is pleased to announce that the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have agreed to spearhead the collaborative development of the cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention guidelines on high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and overweight/obesity.
One of the core elements of the NHLBI mission is to prevent and treat heart, lung, and blood diseases through public education. Since the mid-1970s, the NHLBI's health education portfolio has included collaborative initiatives with researchers and practitioners to develop clinical practice guidelines focused on the management of risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
The complicated nature of congenital heart disease historically has meant that we know little about the fundamental causes. Now, thanks to the team of scientists in the NHLBI-funded Pediatric Cardiac Genomics Consortium, researchers are beginning to gain new knowledge about potential causes of this condition. Dr. Richard Lifton from Yale University led a study recently published in Nature that reported on the findings from the first large-scale sequencing analysis of congenital heart disease.
As you probably know by now, we have recently received greater clarity from the Congress and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on the fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget, and the NHLBI funding and operating guidelines for the current fiscal year are now posted.
Recently, a provocative series of NHLBI-funded research studies have provided some important new insights into the potential link between red meat consumption and the "clogging of the arteries" that characterizes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. According to Dr. Stanley Hazen and his colleagues, the main culprit may be tied to our gut—specifically, gut bacteria's metabolism of L-carnitine, a substance found in red meat and energy drinks. Dr. Hazen spoke with me in a candid, in-depth conversation about his recent contributions to science and what it may mean for the health of the nation and the future research opportunities that lie ahead
At the NHLBI, we share a passion with many of you for reducing and preventing heart disease among women. It's part of our mission to apply new knowledge toward improving public health outcomes in all communities. American Heart Month offers an opportunity to appreciate the advancements we have made together, as well as take a step back and think about how we can do even better.
Keji Zhao, Ph.D., director of the NHLBI Systems Biology Center, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This honor is bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers in recognition of "meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications."
This year's American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions, held Nov. 3-7 in Los Angeles, offered a wealth of new and provocative research findings and provided a welcome opportunity for those of us in the NHLBI scientific community to meet with our colleagues in cardiovascular research and clinical practice from around the world who are working to increase knowledge that can ultimately improve health for all