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Welcome to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Strategic Visioning Forum. The Institute is gathering ideas for the most compelling scientific priorities in the four NHLBI Strategic Goals to address over the next decade.

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Reducing the toxicity and morbidity of blood transfusions

Transfusion is the most commonly prescribed inpatient procedure. Blood transfusions have been shown in randomized trials to predispose to novel side effects. These include nosocomial infection, multi-organ failure, thrombosis and mortality due to these causes. Even in an era of more restrictive transfusion, there is an urgent need to understand and mitigate the mechanism(s) of these effects. Some patients will always ...more »

Submitted by (@neilblumberg)

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

CVD as a comorbidity of HIV-1 Infection

Even in cART treated HIV-1 infected subjects, development of CVD is a major co-morbidity. Research is needed to evaluate the role of various biomarkers as well as anti-retrovirals .Role of ethnicity and gender also seems to be important. Since these persons are rather younger, Framingham concept may not applicable.

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Training Biomedical Research Experts for Life Beyond the Ivory Tower

Only 10-20% of graduates from PhD programs in the biomedical sciences will pursue a scientific career in the traditional tenure track academic model. This is in part due to a mismatch between a large number of highly qualified scientists and the relatively small number of tenure track positions available. Instead of viewing the careers of the 80-90% as "alternative careers", we have to accept that in fact the traditional ...more »

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Training Support for Non-Research-Intensive Institutions

Institutions that are less research intensive, which may characterize some of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and tribal institutions with primarily minority faculty and/or student body, may need additional support for training researchers and for performing both hypothesis driven and student integrated research to provide an environment conducive with NIH efforts to enhance ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Role of extracellular RNAs in cardiac biology and disease

Extracellular RNAs including miRNAs, piRNAs, tRNA fragments and long non-coding RNA fragments have been found in plasma and correlated with disease. For microRNAs, there is emerging evidence of a functional role for these extracellular RNAs in cardiovascular diseases. However, there needs to be a concerted effort to: 1) develop new models and tools to study the role of these entities; 2) validate findings from different ...more »

Submitted by (@sdas00)

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