Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

The Future of Fibrosis Research

A critical challenge in the area of fibrosis research (including heart, lung and other organs) is the absence of a central system to act as air traffic control for progress, innovations and gaps in the science. Like the area of cancer research was 30 years ago, the fibrosis research area is fragmented and disconnected. The answer in the cancer effort to creating a centralized, focused system was with the National Cancer Institute. A center for Fibrotic Research, which could be created, developed and managed by the NHLBI, is needed to create a clear path forward and strategic vision for fibrotic research efforts.

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