Goal 1: Promote Human Health

To expand knowledge of the molecular and physiological mechanisms governing the normal function of heart, lung, blood, and sleep systems as essential elements for sustaining human health.

Strategic Goal: Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Transforming Transplantation with Reprogramming Immune System Cells (RISC)

Can we "reprogram" the immune system to improve outcomes of heart, lung, and hematopoietic cell transplants? While NIAID is a major funder of immunology research, we are a major contributor to stem cell research. Our resources could be combined, where NIAID would support this approach for autoimmune diseases, and we would support work in tolerance for transplants. If the NCI also wants to collaborate on co-stimulatory ...more »

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This innovative and transformative proposal could improve tolerance to many different types of transplants.

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In 2002, Hochedlinger and Jaenisch (Nature 415:1035-1038) created a mouse by nuclear transplantation from a mature B-cell. This was proof of principle that the immune system can be reprogrammed entirely. Since then there has been little work in this area, but Reprogramming Immune System Cells (RISC) is risky but promising.

A second approach involves mechanisms that cancer cells use to evade immune detection. While most cancer research works to restore immune competence for therapy, the basic biology of evading immune detection could be exploited to improve tolerance. These approaches could be tested in an animal model in 5 years.

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Strategic Goal: Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Identify genetic variants of sleep/circadian disorders

Most aspects of variation in sleep and circadian rhythm are heritable. Moreover, all common sleep disorders aggregate in families. The response to sleep loss is also a highly heritable trait. Identifying gene variants for these disorders will elaborate new molecular pathways that could be targets for future interventions.

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Addressing this critical challenge would have the following impact. First, the information could be used to help identify these different disorders, including potentially subtypes. Addressing this challenge will lead to identification of new molecular pathways to disease. This will stimulate future research on their role and mechanisms of pathogenesis. Moreover, these pathways may be open to new drug interventions and hence new therapies for disease.

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There is a growing number of cohorts both in the United States and internationally that have sleep phenotype data and DNA. These could be the basis of genetic studies.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sleep Research Society

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Intersecting Developmental Biology with Vascular Physiology and Biology

Although many think of the vasculature as a lump sum of vessels that all react in a similar fashion to a certain stimulus, e.g., alpha-adrenergic activation, this is not the situation. For example, coronary resistance vessels show little to no direct response to alpha-adrenergic activation while resistance vessels in most organs show marked constriction. Another example is the response of different vessels to angioplasty ...more »

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A challenge facing many specialists in vascular medicine, vascular surgery, and cardiology is understanding the ramifications, and the basis, of the vascular pathology in the context of the organ system. Another way of re-stating this as a question is: Are the unique attributes of the vascular biology, pathology and physiology of a particular organ system connected to specific aspects of development. This question would help both the basic on clinical scientists understand the basis of why a blood vessel in the kidney may be different than one in the heart, or in the brain with the goal of devising more selective therapies to approach vascular disease in specific organs. Scientists in the area of vascular development have long appreciated that vascular cells in different organs arise from different embryological origins; yet how this information translates into the intricacies of vascular control, or responses to pathology is not resolved. Understanding the basic biological mechanisms of how the embryological source of the vasculature affects pathology and physiology could engender treatment of vascular disorders.

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This idea could be implemented by encouraging multi-PI efforts from vascular developmental biologists, and investigators engaged in studies of microvascular control mechanisms and/or vascular biologists interested in vascular pathologies such as restenosis and vascular lesions. Advances in fate mapping techniques have enabled developmental biologists to track embryological origins of cells into specific organ systems into adulthood. With such a multi-faceted approach a better understanding of vascular physiology and pathophysiology will be obtained that hopefully will be translated into more effective treatments.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : William M. Chilian

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Qigong and Tai Chi for Chronic Disease Prevention

Non-pharmacological interventions for pain and stress have gained tremendous momentum. Mind-Body Practice -- Qigong and Tai Chi -- are group based and inexpensive to implement. The evidence base suggests that these practices are safe and effective for a multitude of preventable chronic disorders.. THE QUESTION: Given safety and efficacy, should there be vigorous research on implementation of Qigong and Tai Chi and ...more »

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What can we do to assure that safe, effective, inexpensive non-parmacological approaches like Qigong and Tai Chi become widely diffused into communities, agencies, organizations, schools, health systems and businesses.

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We have participated in a number of studies that have contributed to the evidence base for Mind-Body Practice as a safe and effective non-pharmacological programming.

 

The key -- group based. For the financing, group based is inexpensive. For the efficacy group based supports compliance.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Dr Roger Jahnke, http://IIQTC.org

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Promoting the Development of Animal and Cellular Model Systems

NHLBI might consider creating incentives for the development of core labs and national facilities to promote development of animal and cellular model systems that mimic lung injury, repair, and regeneration.

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Developing tools/algorithms for objective evaluation of sleep health

What are the best tools/algorithms for robust and objective evaluations of sleep health biomarkers?

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Sleep deficiency is pervasive in today’s society and associated with an array of threats to health and public safety. The availability of a biomarker(s) for sleep health would turn-the-curve on developing practical and feasible ways to identify individuals at risk for sleep deficiency and prevent/manage associated risks to health and public safety on a large-scale.

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Sleep and circadian regulation is coupled to an array of behavioral, physiological and molecular/genetic processes to leverage in the development of biomarkers for sleep health.

Untreated sleep disorders and sleep deficiency pose a significant burden on health and public safety. There is currently no biomarker, or point-of-care technology available to objectively measure an individual’s level of sleep deficiency or susceptibility, a significant barrier to prevention and management.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Trans-kingdom regulation of HLBS systems

What is the interplay of the micro- and macroenvironment and their effect on gene and protein expression and overall effect on phenotypes in HLBS systems?

 

Need for unbiased approaches for information capture. Technologies for capturing real time, dynamic and contextual information

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Increase and gain novel understanding of heart, lung, and blood physiologic systems

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Emerging technologies, databases and merging of disciplines in the context of big data has the potential to make this feasible in the next 5-10 years

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : NHLBI Staff

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Gut and Lung Microbiome

How do gut and lung microbiomes interact?

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Establishment of a permanent exercise study section

Funding opportunities explicitly for studies of exercise have not been a major NIH priority. The NHLBI has been an exception to this, but the non-existence of a true exercise study section still makes funding a challenge for individuals in the field of Exercise Science. Exercise, along with sleep and diet, is one of the pillars of health and has been shown to be highly beneficial for a number of medical conditions. However, ...more »

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Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : MattS

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Airway Smooth Muscle Function

What is the normal function of airway smooth muscle?

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What is the best approach to preventative healthcare measures?

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Thoughts on economic measures

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Involves federal and state levels

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Angela Smiley, Jane Doe

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Understanding NANCs and Neuropeptide Function in the Heart

Understanding the complexity of NANC transmitter release and neuropeptide function could be helpful in establishing new, effective therapeutic strategies for treating heart disease.

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Could lead to the development of fundamental knowledge required to develop effective new therapeutic interventions to treat heart disease.

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Several studies have already demonstrated associations been NANC transmitter release and neuropeptide co-localization with pathogenic changes in cardiac function.

Identification within cardiac nerves of neural peptides that are co-released with traditional transmitters is an interesting and still emerging story. Studies with nonadrenergic, noncholinergic (NANC) transmitters in both the atria and ventricle have shown that a variety of neuropeptides also are localized within the heart, and several, including vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), neuropeptide Y (NPY), substance P, and calcitonin gene-related peptide, have been shown to markedly affect heart rate and modulate cardiac function. NPY is also elevated in heart failure patients, and other neuropeptides, including VIP, calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP) and their receptors are associated with various types of cardiomyopathies.

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