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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 1: Promote Human Health

Study wellness instead of diseases by longitudinal follow-up of frequent and long term blood donors

Blood donors (especially young donors) in general represent healthy populations. Longitudinal follow-up of frequent and long term blood donors can be useful to establish data and sample sources for the study of wellness, instead of disease (especially for blood diseases). Not only it can be used as healthy controls, it can also be used to predict the wellness factors such as genetic variation, life style, exercise patterns, ...more »

Submitted by (@yanyunw)

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Development of right ventricular-targeted therapies in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)

Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a complex, progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs and restriction of flow through the pulmonary arterial system. A great increase in the treatment armamentarium has been noted for this rare disease in the past 20 years, with 12 new PAH-targeted therapies. Though these therapies do improve cardiac performance, this is most likely due to their primary ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Identify Pathways of Risk Linking Psychosocial Stress to Ischemic Heart Disease in Women

Women differ from men in their manifestations of ischemic heart disease (IHD). They also differ from men with respect to prevalence of psychosocial factors and vulnerability to specific mental disorders. Young women, in particular, appear to be highly susceptible to the adverse cardiovascular effects of psychosocial stress. Those who already have clinical manifestations of IHD display high psychosocial burden which could ...more »

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

How will we train younger generation of scientists with skils in understanding the glycans?

Recent results suggests that glycans play critical roles in human physiology and pathology. Understanding glycan protein interactions may lead to next generation of drugs. But limited research is being funded on understanding structure - function relationships on glycans. Likewise, we are training very few researchers in the glycosciences. More programs are needed to impart glycoscience knowledge at the undergraduate, ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Moonshot: Turning the BMT EMR into a Research Record

The critical challenge is to develop a standards-based BMT electronic medical record (EMR) and integrate research capacity into the architecture of EMR systems. The ultimate goal would be to build de-identified complete data-sets which can be used to support observational studies and clinical trials, improve transplant outcomes and inform public policy.

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

5-minute MRI exam

MRI is a lengthy and expensive exam, but this is mainly because it has no ionizing radiation and is uniquely safe and uniquely versatile, leading to imaging sessions that last for 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 hours, with multiple scans, views and contrasts. MRI could provide better quality screening scans, compared to x-ray, ct or echo, in 5 minutes, without ecg-gating and lengthy preparation of the patient. However, the optimal ...more »

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Continued focus on mechanism of Red Cell Production

Recent murine studies and early phase clinical trials demonstrate that pharmacologic “traps” for TGF-beta family members may stimulate erythropoiesis in non-erythropoietin-dependent mechanisms. The molecular details of this process remain to be elucidated. Better understanding of this process, which may markedly decrease the marrow problem of “ineffective erythropoiesis,” may lead to improved therapies in thalassemia, ...more »

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