Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

To support the future of investigator-initiated research by sustaining and developing a diverse biomedical workforce with the skills and research resources to pursue emerging opportunities in science.

Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Develop Vascular Anomalies Medical Training and Research Programs

Patients with vascular anomalies frequently see many physicians and undergo extraneous tests with incorrect diagnoses. A major reason for this is due to the fact that medical training does not include Vascular Anomalies in the syllabus. Thus, many specialties erroneously use the term "hemangioma" for any vascular diagnosis. Over the past 2 decades, there have been major breakthroughs in basic and genetic research, as ...more »

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Moderating Positive Feedback between Research Funding and PhD/postdoc Numbers

A critical challenge will be to limit future destabilizing expansion of the number of PhD students and postdoc trainees. Because 75-80% of biomedical PhD students and postdocs now supported by NIH are funded by RO1 and other research funding, if/when research grant budget increase the number of PhD and postdoc “slots” would automatically expand--even if there is no expectation of comparable increases in demand for ...more »

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Better oversight and transparency for diversity in our research portfolio

There needs to be better oversight and transparency for diversity in our research portfolio to include a steady pipeline of young investigators and to facilitate the entry of pediatricians into the research work force. Specifically, workforce diversity should be considered in addition to scientific merit in determining funding priorities.

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Reducing Personal Education Debt

Because education debt weighs heavily on many early-stage physician-scientists, there is a need for the NHLBI to alleviate this problem and help boost the desirability of research career choices by automatically granting Loan Repayment Program awards to qualified investigators whose research projects are funded by peer-reviewed grants.

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DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT FOR APHERESIS MEDICINE INVESTIGATORS

The apheresis medicine encompasses treatment of numerous diseases many of which are directly related to blood, lung and heart. However, there are very limited opportunities for training young investigators in basic and translational research related to Apheresis Medicine. There is a need to promote Apheresis Medicine as a viable field of research for junior and established investigators. The influx of well-trained junior ...more »

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Retaining Young Investigators

To ensure that young investigators remain in the field, the National Institutes of Health should consider strategies for assisting these investigators in making the career and funding move from mentored career development awards and career development awards for independent investigators (K awards) to research awards (including but not limited to R01 awards).

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Preparing a Diverse Biomedical Technology Development Workforce

How do we best develop a scientific workforce that is fluent in product development and commercialization issues? How can NHLBI best expand the training opportunities for early career scientists to prepare them for entry into the dynamic biomedical workforce landscape? There is a need for scientifically-trained experts from diverse backgrounds who also understand business needs relevant to biomedical technology development, ...more »

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Make PhD Career Paths More Transparent

A critical challenge will be making career paths transparent to prospective PhD students and postdocs. At present, few departments, programs and institutions are collecting and making readily available any credible data about the career experiences of their past graduates. To be useful, such data should address at least five years of post-PhD career experience; shorter-term data is likely to be dominated by postdoctoral ...more »

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