As the current chair of the Research and Training Division, I would like to convey that the AAAAI membership would like the NHLBI to consider the following in the development of its strategic plan: Asthma appears to be due to heterogenous etiologies. To better characterize the various phenotypes and potential etiologies, it would be important to create more epidemiologic and biomarker focused databases, which could ...more »
Develop large epidemiologic cohorts of subjects with various types of chronic lung diseases with long-term follow-up of elements of disease progression and of related co-morbidities. These cohorts should be the substrate for comprehensive studies of genetics, omics, and biomarkers, as well as for clinical trials.
There is a critical need for a proactive and coordinated effort to develop well-characterized biorepositories that can be used for epidemiologic studies of emerging infectious agents to expedite rapid implementation of donor screening tests for emerging pathogens and variants that pose a threat to the blood supply.
We are only now beginning to recognize that certain Asian American subpopulations are at high risk for cardiometabolic (CM) disorders thanks to recent ethnicity-specific studies (e.g., MASALA study). For the most part, however, our understanding of CM risk in Asian Americans is based on aggregated data. Further, a perception remains that other, understudied groups (e.g., Chinese Americans) are at low risk because of their ...more »
Many challenges posted here focus on increasing translation and development of interdisciplinary teams. Diverse backgrounds and epidemiological training makes population and public health scientists ideal candidates to connect teams in different areas of research around translation to human health. While funding exists specifically for career development of physician and pre-clinical scientists, none exists for epidemiologists. ...more »