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Dr. Nabel on NHLBI's global commitment.

Several years ago, the NHLBI developed a strategic plan to guide its scientific activities over the next decade. As part of that strategic plan, we defined our vision as the NHLBI providing global leadership in research, education, and training for heart, lung, and blood diseases. That means that we have a role and a responsibility to support research and training in the chronic diseases worldwide, in order to prevent them, to accurately diagnose [and] recognize them, and to better treat them to reduce the amount of illness and the burden of that illness on the global community.

The NHLBI is building on its growing body of global work in chronic diseases and expanding its collaboration in research and knowledge sharing. Working together, the scientific collaborators will design studies that capitalize on cultural differences in risk factors and health practices, which then can advance discoveries in heart disease, cancer, and lung disease much more effectively.

This network of scientific collaborators is at the forefront of changing the face of global health. The NHLBI is prioritizing the opportunity to leverage our research resources by building on global consortia. The NHLBI's Global Health Initiative to combat chronic diseases was established with input from world leaders in the areas of chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and outcomes research, clinical trials, and international health promotion and disease prevention research.

Cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain cancers bring devastating economic and social costs to families, communities, and nations. Inaction against these chronic diseases is costing millions in premature deaths, lost productivity, and slowed economic development throughout the world. It's vital that major research funding agencies, philanthropic foundations, and industry join together to make preventing and controlling chronic diseases a worldwide priority.

Last Updated: August 27, 2012

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