A Digital Forum: Challenges in Cardiovascular Epidemiology

words on pieces of paper, including: ideas, inspiration, collaboration, and innovation The goal of this digital Epidemiology Forum is to facilitate an active and highly engaged discussion of the future of epidemiology in general and as it relates to the study of cardiovascular diseases in particular. The conversation is not an empty exercise, but will influence future program directions at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Four key broad challenges have been identified in a commentary in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

  1. How can we avoid wasting resources on studies that provide little incremental knowledge?
  2. How can we assure that we direct as economically as possible our resources towards innovative science?
  3. How can we be nimble, responding quickly to new opportunities?
  4. How can we identify prospectively the most meritorious research questions?

Approximately every two weeks epidemiologists from both the NHLBI and from the research community will post short and provocative commentaries that will guide the discussion in the Forum. The key success, though, depends on the critical discussion that follows these commentaries. The NHLBI is looking for creative thinking on these broad questions. This Forum is different from some others and from many NHLBI working groups, in that we are not requesting specific hypotheses related to the subject matter of heart, lung, blood and sleep. Without abandoning what has successfully worked in the past, we are requesting how to conduct research in a changing world of research capabilities and funding.


Recently, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) was challenged by the American Journal of Epidemiology to write a commentary on the future of epidemiologyexternal disclaimer, as envisioned by the NHLBI. As we discussed the many unsolved issues that will require innovative thinking, we concluded that the commentary should become a challenge to the epidemiology community to join in a conversation on our future. The commentary describes four challenges. We have created this digital Epidemiology Forumexternal disclaimer to provide a current, engaging, informative, and meaningful platform for discussion of the issues. The objective is to provide a foundation for new directions in epidemiology at the NHLBI. Our hope is that the conversation will influence future program directions. Please join us; where we go is up to you.


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- A Digital Forum: Challenges in Cardiovascular Epidemiology

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- A Digital Forum: Challenges in Cardiovascular Epidemiology

  • Diane Bild, Prevention and Population Sciences Program, NHLBI
  • Richard Fabsitz, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Hanyu Ni, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Jean Olson, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • George Papanicolaou, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Paul Sorlie, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Pothur Srinivas, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Gina Wei, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI
  • Jacqueline Wright, Epidemiology Branch, NHLBI