Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

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Including subjects with both COPD and asthma in clinical trials

Subjects with both COPD and asthma are typically excluded from clinical trials, but they represent an important segment of the chronic airflow obstruction population. Defining this combination diagnosis is difficult, but requiring a significant smoking history (e.g. 10 pack years), chronic airflow obstruction (GOLD stage 2 or greater after bronchodilator), age > 45, and childhood onset of asthma could identify the relevant ...more »

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

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Funding of Stem Cell/Lung Regeneration Research

How to "cure" a chronic, incurable disease - A potential giant step in saving the lives of many thousands of Americans, and potentially millions worldwide, who are afflicted with COPD, the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The financial effect of COPD in the United States alone is well over $50 billion per year. It is estimated that some 30 million Americans have COPD, which of course means that at least that ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

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A Chidren's Oncology Group (COG) for sickle cell disease (SCD)?

We have all witnessed the success of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) funded Children's Oncology Group - an organization that has made tremendous advancements in the care of children with cancer, very rare compared to sickle cell disease. COG has been able to not only create a database of the numerous studies, but has the unique ability to make "smaller" institutions feel important as is evident by patient enrollment. ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

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Recognition of bicuspid aortic valve's complexity, life threatening potential, and familial implications.

There is a persistent perception that bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), the most common congenital heart defect (estimated to occur in up to 6 million Americans), is a benign condition that may not require treatment until later in life, if at all. The implications for other blood relatives, although referenced in medical literature, may not be acknowledged. This notion, coupled with the inability to identify those most at ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

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Improving Representation of the Elderly in Clinical Research

There is a need to optimize long-term cognitive and functional outcomes in the aging population during and after cardiothorasic surgery, including the development of simple, objective tools to enable risk stratification for vulnerability to neurocognitive deficit. First, cardiothoracic surgical trials and clinical studies should be more "age-representative" and reflect the increasing proportion of the aging population. ...more »

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

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Using virtual learning technologies for workforce development

How can we harness virtual learning technologies to address the competency development needs of the modern and future biomedical workforce? Virtual learning tools, e.g. immersive learning simulations and serious games, offer tremendous possibilities for creating engaging and compelling learning experiences for biomedical scientists and providing them with opportunities to practice research skills within the context of ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Submitted by (@hongw0)

2. Mechanism and target identification for abnormal epigenetic regulation in cardiovascular disease

Abnormal epigenetic modification has been implicated in human disease. Epigenetic therapy using nonspecific inhibitors for histone acetylation and DNA methylation has been proved effective in some cancer. However, because histone acetylation and DNA methylation are essential biochemical modification of life process, globally suppression on these process would have severe adverse effect. Identification of specific mechanism ...more »

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How can we develop more selective immunosuppression for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation?

Graft versus host disease (GVHD) remains the most significant complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT). While the use of HCT has grown significantly safer and has demonstrated broad efficacy in the setting of a broad range of blood diseases, immunosuppressive therapy has not dramatically evolved since the introduction of calcineurin inhibitor-based approaches decades ago. The availability ...more »

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