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To facilitate innovation and accelerate research translation, knowledge dissemination, and implementation science that enhances public health.
(@danny.bluestein)

Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Greating grant mechanism for fostering collaboration with industrial partners

There is a disconnect between the cardiovascular devices industry and the basic research that is conducted in the field by biomedical engineering researchers. Technological solutions that the industry is converging to are not well informed by the advances in basic translational research. A distinct funding mechanism should be created for fostering such collaborations. To motivate for profit cardiovascular device manufacturers ...more »

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(@jkowalski)

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Effectiveness of three smoking cessation approaches

What is the comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness of counseling plus nicotine replacement vs. counseling plus bupropion vs. counseling plus varenicline on smoking cessation rates, patient-reported outcomes (symptom frequency, activities of daily living, quality of life, sleep quality, exacerbations), and COPD and non-COPD morbidity/mortality?

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(@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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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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(@wmars0)

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Microvascular Dementia

The catchword Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is used to describe almost all types of dementia these days, and a lot of work has gone into developing preventive and/or therapeutic interventions for AD, but studies show that 40% of "AD" patients may in fact have something else. Microvascular Dementia (MD) presents with a similar phenotype. Delineating these two entities and then developing treatment strategies for MD is my ...more »

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(@hubel001)

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Advancing the preservation of cellular therapies

Cell therapies are produced in specialized facilities and the viability/function of the cells must be retained in order to permit transportation to the site of use, coordination with patient care, etc. Current options for preserving cells are limited. Conventional methods of cryopreservation may result in poor post thaw function and are difficult to use at the point of care. Liquid storage of cells is typically limited ...more »

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(@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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Challenges for future clinical trials in COPD

There are two broad issues that any future clinical trials in COPD need to seriously consider, that of the challenges of timely and efficient subject recruitment and the need to increase the participation of low to middle income countries that experience a disproportionate burden of COPD in evidence generation. My specific suggestions are as follows: 1) Address the optimal medical management of multiple physical and psychological ...more »

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