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To facilitate innovation and accelerate research translation, knowledge dissemination, and implementation science that enhances public health.

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Increased receptivity to probative programmatic trials

We believe there should be greater openness to large, simple trials that answer clear questions of interest (e.g. does giving children more fruits and vegetables while changing nothing else lead to weight loss?; does eating breakfast regularly lead to weight loss?; etc.). The conduct of such trials may sometimes be expensive but can sometimes be only modestly costly if they are kept simple. However, it is difficult to ...more »

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Improving the conduct of cardiovascular clinical trial

There are increasing demands on clinicians for clinical productivity and increasing both clinical and research regulatory requirement. A paralle trend is an increase in clinical trials being conducting outside of US, which is a significant concern in terms of US participation and data applicability to US patients, and the quality of trials data from other regions. These trends have multiple roots spanning from patients ...more »

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Increasing Regenerative Medical Strategies in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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. Current PAH therapies mainly act of the vasoconstrictive component of the disease; however there is a widely accepted view that another contributor to the disease is an abnormal overgrowth of cells that line the pulmonary arteries, which ...more »

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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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Develop common-sense standards for obesity research

Obesity research is riddled with methodological problems that are rarely challenged, leading to the perpetuation of misinformation and interventions that do harm. Given the two-thirds of the population who are classified as higher weight and thus subject to these interventions, it is past time to clean up the basic scientific flaws in this research area. For a quick summary of a couple of these issues, see Poodle Science: ...more »

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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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Point of care detection of rare cells in blood

Laboratory analyses at the bedside or in the hinterlands can reduce the cost and increase the capture of disease states in underserved populations. The injection of a blood draw directly into a portable device that requires no further operator interventions is a Critical Challenge. With today’s automated chemistry and a miniaturized flow cytometer this challenge could be met.

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