Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Lack of Collaboration Across NIH Institutes

There are many significant questions in CVD prevention that cross the disciplines represented by the different institutes. For example, the obesity epidemic, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity are relevant to CVD, neurological disease, diabetes, and cancer. Tobacco use is directly relevant to cancer and CVD. Social determinants and disparities affect multiple diseases and outcomes. Reducing obesity will require interventions that affect pregnancy, infancy, and childhood as well as adults. Yet the ability of NIH institutes to collaborate and jointly fund studies that intersect more than one institute seems to have fallen in the current funding crisis when it should increase.

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