FYI from the NHLBI Index

June 2005: Vol. 6, Issue 1
Summaries of Meetings
and Announcements of Upcoming Events

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council's February Meeting

Upcoming NHLBI Workshops and Working Groups

Upcoming 2005 Events


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council's February Meeting

February 10, 2005

Dr. Nabel expressed her enthusiasm for working with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC). New Council Members were welcomed, including Dr. Katherine High, Dr. Charles T. Esmon, Ms. J. Hoxi Jones, Dr. Jeffrey McCullough, and Dr. Patricia Wahl.

Dr. Nabel reviewed the new NIH policy on enhancing public access to archived publications that result from NIH-funded research. NIH-funded investigators are being asked to submit electronic copies of manuscripts that have been accepted for journal publication to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central.

Ms. Sandra Gault gave an overview of the President’s FY 2006 budget request for the NHLBI, which totals $2,951.3 million, a 0.3 percent increase over FY 2005. Under the President’s budget, funding for competing research project grants would be 3.8 percent lower than the FY 2005 level, while funding for noncompeting research project grants would increase 1.5 percent.

Dr. Carl Roth presented the Institute’s biennial report on inclusion of women and minorities as subjects in its clinical studies. He also provided an overview of the 6th annual NHLBI PIO Meeting. Several Council members who had attended the PIO meeting commented that the meeting provided a good opportunity for networking, the scientific sessions were of high quality, the roundtable discussions were creative, and the presentation about the Women’s Health Initiative illustrated how clinical trials are conducted. In addition, PIO representatives attending the Council meeting enthusiastically expressed their appreciation to the NHLBI for holding what they characterized as a very worthwhile meeting. They emphasized the responsiveness of NHLBI staff to the needs and requests of the PIOs and noted the diversity of organizations attending.

Drs. Lawrence Friedman and James Kiley, NHLBI; Dr. Robert Harrington, Duke University; Dr. Kevin Peterson, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Robert Star, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, discussed NIH Road Map activities.

During the closed portion of the meeting, the Council concurred on the award of 294 grants for a total cost of $143,954,939.

The next NHLBAC meeting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on June 16, 2005. It is open to the public and will be held in NIH Building 31C, Conference Room 10.

Full minutes of Council meetings and summaries of the initiatives are available.

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Upcoming NHLBI Workshops and Working Groups

NIH State-of-the Science Conference on Manifestation and Management of Chronic Insomnia in Adults

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: June 13 - 15
Contact: Dr. Regina Dolan-Sewell

Leukoreduction Workshop (FDA and NHLBI co-sponsores)

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: July 20
Contact: Dr. Liana Harvath

Use of Genetic and Genomic Resources at Minority Serving Institutions

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: July 21
Contact: Dr. Dina Paltoo

Adult Stem Cells, Lung Biology, and Lung Disease

Location: Burlington, Vermont
Dates: July 25 - 27
Contact: Dr. Dorothy Gail

Blood Vessel Maturation (Arteriogenesis)

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: Summer 2005
Contact: Dr. Stephen Goldman

Integrative Approach to Identify Patients at High Risk of a Cardiovascular Event in the Near Future

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: September 2005
Contact: Dr. Eser Tolunay

Cardiovascular Manifestations of COPD

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: September 2005
Contact: Dr. Thomas Croxton

Diseases of the Thoraco-abdominal Aorta

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: September 19, 2005
Contact: Ms. Suzanne Goldberg

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Right Heart Hypertrophy and Failure

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: September 2005
Contact: Dr. Elizabeth Denholm

Host Response to Persistent Airway Bacterial Load in Cystic Fibrosis and Primary Cillary Dyskinesia

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: September 2005
Contact: Dr. Susan Banks-Schlegel

Strategic Plan for Lung Disease Working Group

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: September 2005
Contact: Dr. James Kiley

The Intrauterine Environment: Long-term Consequences for Obesity and Metabolic Disease

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Dates: September 26-27
Contact: Dr. Cristina Rabadan

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Upcoming 2005 Events

Chronic GvHD: The Next Frontier in Transplantation Research

Location: Bethesda, Maryland
Date: June 6

National Scleroderma Awareness Month

Dates: June

Adult Congenital Heart Association Regional Conference

Dates: June 4
Location: New York, New York

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council

Dates: June 16 and September 16
Location: Building 31C, Conference Room 10, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD.
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases Meeting

Dates: June 12 - 15
Location: Denver, Colorado

Manifestations and Management of Chronic Insomnia in Adults

Dates: June 13 - 15
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Associated Professional Sleep Societies 19th Annual Meeting

Dates: June 18 - 23
Location: Denver, Colorado

National Scleroderma Conference

Dates: June 18 - 20
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Advances in Treating and Managing the Cost of Respiratory Disease

Dates: June 27 - 28
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

XIX International Congress on Clinical Chemistry

Dates: July 24 - 28
Location: Orlando, Florida

Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation Patient & Family Conference

Dates: July 28 - 30
Location: Denver, Colorado

National Cholesterol Education Month

Dates: September

National Sickle Cell Month

Dates: September

Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Annual Convention

Dates: September 7 - 10
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

First Candle/SIDS Alliance 2005 Conference

Dates: September 15 - 18
Location: Arlington, Virginia

2005 Pulmonary Hypertension Resources Network Symposium

Dates: September 30 - October 1
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

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