Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Gene Therapies to Revitalize/Regenerate Cardiac Function

There is a need to examine the use of recombinant DNA to the heart for correction of genetic abnormalities or restoration of normal signaling pathways to prevent heart failure. However, gene therapy is a complex process and more studies are needed in which tissue targeting, route of delivery, regulation of target gene expression, therapeutic dose, and identification of robust biomarkers are further investigated.

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Expediting Gene and Cell Therapies to the Clinics

What methodologies will best enhance the translation of technologies for gene and cell therapies into potential products for clinical application and commercial development? In considering a strategy for NHLBI investment in gene therapy, it is important to note that we are only at the beginning of a revolution that will eventually impact biomedical research across a broad range of specialties. NHLBI/NIH needs to create ...more »

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Rejuvenating Old Hearts and Lungs

Is there a true "mechanome" affecting normal heart function that could be studied to uncover important mechanically-stimulated pathways relevant to tissue development, maintenance, and repair in vivo? Are there mechanomics that predict and control fundamental biological processes linked to the body's natural healing and regeneration machinery? What if we could leverage 3D tissue engineering advances to rejuvenate aging ...more »

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