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May 3, 2016

NIH statement on World Asthma Day 2016

On World Asthma Day 2016, the National Institutes of Health reaffirms its commitment to support research to improve the lives of all people with asthma. NIH-funded research has advanced our understanding of asthma as a disease as well as the impact asthma has on the lives of those affected.  We have made great strides in learning how to treat and prevent asthma, and we are committed to ensuring that scientific discoveries move quickly into clinical practice to provide the best possible care for all people with asthma.

May 2, 2016

Study Identifies Successful Weight-Gain Prevention Strategies for Young Adults

WHAT: Scientists funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute have identified strategies that might help young adults (aged 18 to 35 years) avoid weight gain. Their study, published May 2 in JAMA Internal Medicine, could help prevent obesity during this period, when individuals typically gain the most excess weight of their lifetimes. As many in this age group are typically parents of small children, the study also has the potential to break the cycle of obesity across generations.

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April 20, 2016 : American Academy of Arts and Sciences

NIH’s Distinguished Investigator Warren J. Leonard, M.D., has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Leonard, chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and director of the Immunology Center at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is among the Academy’s 213 new members.  This group includes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, as well as civic, business, and philanthropic leaders. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 8, 2016, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Leonard has spent more than 30 years conducting pioneering research into the immune system.  He is noted for his discovery of the genetic mutations that cause X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (XSCID), also known as the “Bubble Boy” disease, a rare genetic disease made famous by a boy who lived for 12 years in a plastic, germ-free shelter to avoid infections.  Dr. Leonard is the recipient of many honors and awards, including his 2015 election to the National Academy of Sciences, one of science’s top honors, and his 2013 election to the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

April 18, 2016 : Stanford Medicine News Center

Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new technique that might help identify cancer patients who are at risk for developing heart damage that is caused by chemotherapy drugs.  In the study, they showed that heart muscle cells made from the skin cells of breast cancer patients who had experienced toxicity to doxorubicin, a commonly used chemotherapy drug, responded more negatively to the presence of the drug. The researchers hope that in the future these specially-made cells will allow doctors to predict which patients will develop heart damage due to side effects of doxorubicin and similar types of chemotherapy drugs.  Their study, which was published in Nature Medicine, was partly funded by the NHLBI.

May 19, 2016 to May 20, 2016
Natcher Conference Center Bethesda, Maryland
The 2016 symposium will focus on Novel Roles of Mitochondria in Health and Disease. This symposium will bring together the leading thinkers in these areas of research to present the newest findings. We envision these presentations will spark debate and foster collaborations among participants with the goal of filling existing gaps in knowledge and advancing this fast-moving field.
June 2, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Natcher Conference Center Bethesda, Maryland
Sickle Cell in Focus (SCiF) is an annual two-day intensive and educational conference co-hosted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes (NHLBI) in Washington, DC and the South Thames Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Network (STSTN) in London, UK