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NHLBI and the Recovery Act

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the NHLBI is investing its $763 million of economic stimulus funds into rigorously peer-reviewed research on the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases. These pages chronicle Recovery Act-funded research projects, as well as the jobs created or saved as a result of this investment.

Scientific Investments


Tracing the causes of COPD

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., yet the causes of the disease are often unknown. With support from their NHLBI Recovery Act-funded grant, Drs. Kelsen and Merali are using already identified candidate molecules (proteins), which may play an important role in defending the lung against COPD, to see if they can be detected in the blood and if they prove to be biomarkers for susceptibility of COPD and predictors of its severity.

video availableView video of Steven Kelsen, M.D. and Salim Merali, Ph.D.

Steven Kelsen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Salim Merali, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Director of the Proteomics Core, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Scientists in the Spotlight

Karina Davidson, Ph.D.; The Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York

"I work with an amazing, inspiring
group of professionals."

Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center compares
the effectiveness of two depression treatment approaches in acute
coronary syndrome.


Perspectives from the NHLBI

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Vice President Biden Lauds NHLBI Investigators for Recovery Act-funded Research
Vice President Joseph Biden praises the work of Recovery-Act supported researchers at the White House on August 24, 2010.


Rising Stars

Photo of Eric Schmidt

"Scientific discovery is a great thrill."
Assistant professor in the Division
of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado starts his career studying severe
lung disease.

Economic Impact

Image of map; This map highlights a sampling of the NHLBI's support of its scientific community through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Featured Recovery Act Research
A sampling of the NHLBI's support of its scientific community through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.




Last Updated November 1, 2010





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Recovery Information from Health and Human Services



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Steven Kelsen, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Salim Merali, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Biochemistry; Director of the Proteomics Core, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Karina Davidson, Ph.D.; The Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York Picture of Dr.Shuir with two other doctors Photo of Eric Schmidt Image of map; This map highlights a sampling of the NHLBI's support of its scientific community through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.