I am honored and pleased to officially join the NHLBI today as director. It is truly humbling to lead an institute with such a respected legacy of excellence in public service. I look forward to both the challenges and the opportunities ahead of us as I take on this new leadership role within the NHLBI community.
The NHLBI Office of Research Training and Minority Health (ORTMH) celebrated its tenth anniversary in July. To mark the occasion, ORTMH held a seminar on July 24 featuring keynote speaker Dr. Fatimah Jackson, director of the Institute of African American Research and professor of biological anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
This week, President Obama announced the recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows on scientists and engineers in the early stages of their independent research careers.
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. For more than 15 years, the NHLBI has supported research into the safety and effectiveness of transplanting cord blood that has been donated by people unrelated to the patients who need it.
We warmly welcome Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., M.S.C.E., to the NHLBI intramural program, which he joins today as the inaugural Lasker Clinical Research Scholar. This new competitive award arises from a historic intramural-extramural partnership between the NIH and the Lasker Foundation
On June 11, The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) held a Secretariat Launch Event at University College London. At the event, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced that the NIH and three other member organizations of GACD are supporting research projects on implementing effective approaches to prevent and control hypertension (high blood pressure) in 15 low- and middle-income countries.
NHLBI Acting Deputy Director Carl Roth, Ph.D., LL.M. (right), offered comments to a presentation by Sejal Patel, Ph.D. (left), a senior research historian in the NIH Office of History, at the 4th annual Stetten Symposium on June 6, 2012
The World Health Organization has designated June 14 as World Blood Donor Day 2012—an opportunity to "be a hero" by giving blood and saving lives. The availability of a safe blood supply is one of the most important aspects of our health care system. Just one donation can be used to support the needs of as many as three patients with different components.
On May 31, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council of Environmental Quality, joined national leaders of asthma programs for the release of the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.
Michael Lauer, M.D., director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, and Clare Waterman, Ph.D., chief of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research's Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, are among the 12 recipients of this year's Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Established in 1948, the awards recognize outstanding service in all areas of the federal government.