Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Mapping the Vasculome

What is the best method to develop an integrated map of the expression patterns of the vasculature (RNA, protein, and epigenome) within each organ system?


Sampling standards and quality control are major outstanding issues.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC :

The vasculome is comprised of a vast network of vessels that globally interacts with all of the other organ systems within the body. Disorders of the vasculature have a significant adverse effect on those organ systems and are a major source of mortality and morbidity. Systematic mapping of vasculome expression will reveal disease causality patterns that have thus far been unobserved.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC :

The tools are available, the coordination is not. The NHLBI and VBHB have the expertise, the experience, and the leadership necessary to oversee the multiple studies, date collections, and organizational systems needed for mapping the vasculome.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff


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