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October 24, 2016

Toward Precision Medicine: First Whole Genomes from TOPMed Now Available for Study

In a bold step for precision medicine, researchers at the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) today announced they are releasing for study nearly 9,000 whole genomes, courtesy of participants in the Institute’s Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine Program (TOPMed). The genomes—an organism’s complete set of DNA—are the first ever to be made available by the program, and researchers hope they one day will lead to treatments tailor-made to the individual, as well as shed light on racial and ethnic health disparities.

September 30, 2016

NHLBI Awards Grants to Help Improve Health Outcomes for Teens, Adults with Sickle Cell Disease

WHAT: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) recently awarded nearly $36 million in grants to help improve the quality of health care for U.S. teens and adults with sickle cell disease. The grants are the first of their kind dedicated to testing strategies that could boost health outcomes for this group of young adults. The grants were awarded to eight clinical sites across the country as part of the Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium (SCDIC) project.

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October 17, 2016 : Parent Herald

Researchers, with support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, suggest that sleep deprivation may be a contributing factor to the nation’s childhood obesity problems. The study, which appeared in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that young children who did not sleep for long enough each night were at higher risk of overeating.

October 11, 2016 : Science Daily

Researchers with the Consortium on Asthma among African-Ancestry Populations in the Americas (CAAPA) study noted significant differences when compared to other genomic databases that focused on European ancestry. The findings, based on the NHLBI-supported CAAPA study, appeared in Nature Communications. The researchers suggest that personalized medicine treatments based on data using databases focused on European ancestry may not be as effective for other populations.

October 24, 2016 to October 25, 2016
Natcher Conference Center(Building 45) Bethesda, Maryland
The conference Unraveling Vascular Inflammation: From Immunology to Imaging 2016, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), seeks to convene scientists, researchers and physicians from around the world with an interest in immunology, human translational studies involving cardiovascular imaging and quantification. Hosted at the NIH campus, in Bethesda, MD, October 24 and 25, the day and a half conference will feature three keynote speakers (immunology, human inflammation and imaging), poster session and competition (including cash poster award and A High-Yield Series of Imaging Talks, a rapid fire series of 10 minutes talks by leading imaging scientists in the field.
November 1, 2016 to November 3, 2016
NHLBI Innovation Conference NHLBI’s Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination (OTAC) hosts the NHLBI Innovation Conference to connect NHLBI-funded companies with investors, strategic partners, and business leaders from the biotech, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries.