Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Submitted by (@stephen.fortmann)

Testing PCSK9 Inhibitors

Several inhibitors of PCSK9 are in phase 3 development and show considerable promise for improving the lipid profile; they will be especially appropriate for patients with Familial Hypercholesterolemia and those with statin intolerance. The sponsoring pharmaceutical companies need to complete CVD endpoint trials with full safety testing. However, there may well be more than one drug approved for marketing. The sponsors ...more »

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Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator1)

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 3: Advance Translational Research

Submitted by (@javed.butler)

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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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

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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Submitted by (@meaton)

Support for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Pediatric Heart Clinical Trial Networks

Continued and expanded support for the Cardiothoracic Surgical Trials Network (CTSN) and Pediatric Heart Network (PHN) is essential as both design, conduct, and analyze multiple, collaborative clinical trials that evaluate surgical interventions, and related management approaches for the treatment of cardiovascular disease. To date both networks have reported on and developed a portfolio of studies which need continued ...more »

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Submitted by (@katherinek)

How can we increase the pharmaceutical clinical research of targeted therapies in pediatric PAH patients, including encouraging

Clinical research, especially randomized pharmaceutical clinical trials, poses many unique challenges compared to research in adult subjects. In pulmonary arterial hypertension, a disease characterized by high blood pressure of the lungs with increased pulmonary vascular resistance leading to right ventricular failure, there are 12 FDA-approved PAH-targeted therapies for adults. None of these medications are currently ...more »

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Submitted by (@skrenrich)

Clinical Trials & Duplicative Regulatory Standards

The initiation of clinical trials remains difficult, time-consuming, and costly. Repetitive institutional review board oversight is one of several obstacles to efficient clinical trial initiation and completion. New strategies for addressing duplicative regulatory standards are necessary to ease the initiation and completion of trials.

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