(@henke002)

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

UNDERSTANDING PROGRESSIVE FIBROTIC DISEASES TO IDENTIFY NEW THERAPEUTIC TARGETS

Our understanding of the factors driving IPF fibrotic progression remain incompletely understood. To develop effective therapies that arrest and reverse the fibrotic process, we must first identify the critical factors driving the spread of fibrosis. Fibroblastic foci, the sentinel morphologic lesion of IPF, are found at the advancing edge of fibrosis. Fibroblastic foci can be conceptualized as a fibrotic niche. The... more »

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(@chrislahr22)

Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Hand Held Device to treat PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury

Undo Obesity, Now! Hand Held Electronic Device to Treat Obesity Undo PTSD/TBI Hand held vagus nerve stimulator for PTSD and traumatic brain injury PTSD may be similar to depression and epilepsy. Traumatic brain injury may relate to nerve injury and nerve inflammation Vagus nerve stimulation causes nerve function regeneration. Vagus nerve stimulation stops inflammation. Vagus nerve stimulation treats depression. Vagus... more »

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(@anna.adachimejia)

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Design interventions to improve sleep hygiene

Inadequate sleep is associated with risk of obesity. Electronic media devices interfere with our ability to sleep well - they delay sleep, interrupt sleep, and affect sleep quality. However these devices are addictive and ubiquitous. Can we develop interventions to help people obtain adequate sleep?

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(@viola.vaccarino)

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Identify Pathways of Risk Linking Psychosocial Stress to Ischemic Heart Disease in Women

Women differ from men in their manifestations of ischemic heart disease (IHD). They also differ from men with respect to prevalence of psychosocial factors and vulnerability to specific mental disorders. Young women, in particular, appear to be highly susceptible to the adverse cardiovascular effects of psychosocial stress. Those who already have clinical manifestations of IHD display high psychosocial burden which could... more »

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(@wjones7)

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Open up NCATS

The NCATS program for drug repurposing is currently only open to drugs submitted by industry (read, big Pharma). We have had the experience of working to repurpose a generic drug not on their list, and despite great Preliminary data, we could not. This program is a great idea, but needs to be opened to any company and any drug for which solid data backing efficacy and market can be applied. Why do we only want to enhance... more »

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(@info00)

Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Can hair follicle stem cells be transformed into new cells or organs?

Dr. Cotsarelis of the Univ. of Pennsylvania identified the bulge area of the hair follicle, which is now thought to contain the hair's stem cells. These cells would seem to be readily available and unique to an individual person. Can further work be done to transform these cells into now only hair cells but other organ tissues?

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(@dkagr0)

Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Funding for synthesis and screening of potentially therapeutic molecules

Currently, there are limited, if none, funding resources to synthesize and screen potentially therapeutic molecules, based on supportive findings in cells, biopsy tissues from the patients with the disease in question, and the preliminary data to support the development of a series of compounds to screen them for their pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, toxicity and use in clinically-relevant large animal models.

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(@nareg.roubinian)

Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

The potency and safety of transfusable red blood cells

Can we identify approaches to improve potency and/or safety of transfusable RBCs? 42 day pre-transfusion storage of RBCs maximizes utilization, while minimizing waste. However, RBCs undergo changes during collection, manipulation and storage that may reduce their potency or safety. Progress in understanding markers that predict transfusion success at the time of collection and with storage remains slow. New technologies... more »

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(@wjones7)

Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Making R01 funding work for the Medical Sciences

We need to spread R01 funding around more to ensure that the best science has funding adequate to move forward. To do this I believe changing how we think about R01 funding and expenditures can be used to put the NIH funds to better use. Too often successful researchers have the majority of their salaries on R01s and the institutions have little skin in the game. PI salaries can be a large part of the escalating budget... more »

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