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August 28, 2017

Media Availability: NHLBI scientists available to discuss research advances during National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss recent research advances and directions in sickle cell disease, a devastating genetic disease. Among the researchers available to speak to reporters is Dr. John Tisdale, whose work on stem cell transplantation was prominently featured in the Discovery documentary First in Human, which aired in August.

June 12, 2017

During Men’s Health Week, NHLBI scientists available to discuss research on men’s health

June 12-18 is National Men’s Health Week and experts from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) are available to discuss research findings related to some of the more serious medical challenges that disproportionately affect men—sleep apnea, excess belly fat, and high blood pressure. All are linked to an increased risk for heart disease. The good news is that men can take steps now to prevent these problems or detect and treat them early enough to act against heart disease.

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October 17, 2017 : American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Researchers are reporting that community programs and policies with comprehensive programs to prevent child obesity are more effective than those that target fewer exercise and nutrition behaviors. The study included 130 U.S. communities and health data collected on more than 5,000 children between 2013 and 2015. Results showed that programs and policies that promoted a greater number of exercise and nutrition behaviors were associated with lower measures of child obesity, including BMI (a measure of body fat) and waist circumference.  The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, was partly funded by NHLBI.


October 11, 2017 : Nature

Researchers have completed a genetic atlas—a collection of genetic studies—documenting the segments of human DNA that influence gene expression—a key way in which a person’s genes give rise to traits such as hair color or disease risk.  The availability of this atlas serves as a critical research tool for the scientific community for exploring how genetic differences can be translated into biological differences, like healthy and diseased states, across different tissues and cell types. It could lead to a better understanding of heart disease and many other conditions. Study highlights include an overview of genetic variant-gene expression relationships, a study of rare variants, and an examination of X chromosome inactivation patterns.  The studies, which appear in Nature, are partly funded by NHLBI.

NIH News Release: NIH completes atlas of human DNA differences that influence gene expression

GenomeWeb: Studies Elucidate Impact of Genetic Variants on Gene Expression in Human Tissues

The Scientist: Massive Transcription Catalog Outlines the Influence of Human Genetic Variation

Science Daily: Scientists help show links between genes, body tissues

October 25, 2017 to October 26, 2017
This conference will bring together leading experts in the field to discuss cutting-edge research in five key areas of systems biology: single-cell epigenomics, imaging-based systems biology, quantitative and integrative proteomics, systems biology of metabolism and large-scale data integration.
October 26, 2017 to October 27, 2017
Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, Jamaica West Indies
The 11th annual SCiF conference will be co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and The University of West Indies.