Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Submitted by (@paulbrookes)

Adult Cardiomyocytes in Culture

So much basic cardiovascular discovery relies on cell culture models. While cardiac cell lines exist (e.g. HL-1, H9c2), these often poorly model aspects of cardiomyocyte function in-situ (e.g. contractile function, metabolism). In contrast, primary cardiomyocytes isolated from adult animals (especially mice!) are not readily amenable to culture conditions. Even if cells can be kept alive, they are often refractory to ...more »

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Submitted by (@nhlbiforumadministrator)

Move toward more probative research

As some of us described in a recent publication, in the fields of nutrition and obesity, and perhaps in other fields as well, there is often a great deal of research which uses up resources, investigator time, journal pages, and attention span for questions that do not advance the field. We call for scientists, reviewers, and funding decision makers to collectively ask much more rigorously, "How will this proposed study ...more »

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Submitted by (@athomas4)

Culturally Specific Preventative research

There are ample research evidence related factors contributing to obesity,type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease.The research grant money is diverted heavily on "novel" topic such as genes.The preventative efforts are the key to tackle the issues.Often times,researchers on cardiovascular prevention find it difficult to add novel ideas to convince the grant reviewers in their application.There are many communities here ...more »

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Submitted by (@yyzhao)

Establishment of an independent study section on Pulmonary Vascular Biology and Translational Research

The research on pulmonary vascular biology including smooth muscle cell biology and endothelial cell biology and related pulmonary vascular diseases such as pulmonary hypertension and related right heart failure, and endothelial dysfunction in lung vascular inflammation and acute lung injury, as well as pulmonary embolism and lung transplantation has been rapidly expanding. The field is attracting an ever increasing ...more »

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

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Shift from NHLBI guided research to individual investigator initiative

NHLBI directed research should be abandoned and switched to investigator initiated research. I respectfully suggest read the following assay by Brown and Goldstein, Science 2012; 338: 1033-1034 The best way to run the science sponsored by the NIH (or NHLBI) is not to guide it (analogy to running science from ivory tower) but let the investigators decide what is worth pursuing. Get rid of NHLBI-directed research initiative ...more »

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Functional and high throughput screening assays

There is a need to develop functional assays and high throughput screening to develop probes and potential drug therapies. A. Functional Assays. Researchers face a challenging gap between identifying many sequence variations of potential interest and recognizing which of these variations have a direct functional effect on the physiological system of interest, as opposed to merely being associated with the actual causal ...more »

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Harnessing the ongoing ‘natural experiments’ of quality improvement

How do we harness the ongoing “natural experiments” of quality improvement (QI) activities in various healthcare systems to facilitate hypothesis-driven research, improve scientific validity to address questions in clinical trials, and implement and disseminate research results? • Current restrictions in human subjects research regulations • Diversity in approaches and methodology rigor to QI initiatives across different ...more »

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Culturally competent T4 research interventions to reduce heart, lung, blood, sleep

Using previous federal and partner infrastructure, what are the best methods to promote culturally competent T4 interventions that will reduce cardiopulmonary risk factors in global populations with a disproportionate burden of heart, lung, blood, sleep diseases?

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