As indicated in two influential papers we have published, there are many potential contributing factors to obesity beyond those commonly discussed and studied and some of these are potentially modifiable. Increased research to understand whether these putative factors are really influential and whether they can be modified to produce benefits with respect to obesity are in order.
Variants of unknown significance (VUS) confound the value of genetic testing. We need to improve our understanding of the clinical significance of VUS so we can more definitively re-classify them as pathologic or benign variants.
The Critical Challenge is to determine how NHLBI can continue to foster the translational research necessary to allow our researchers to further develop their NHLBI-funded basic science discoveries. Researchers can't readily get a "typical" grant to perform the preclinical and early clinical translational IND-enabling research, and also can't yet attract private sector support without having done the work to "de-risk" ...more »
Does the use of viscoelastic testing to guide plasma transfusion improve outcomes when compared to traditional coagulation testing?
What types of newer patient-centered quality of life assessment tools can be employed in heart, lung, blood and sleep studies so that they can be validated and refined to improve our measurement of quality of life outcomes in populations of interest to NHLBI?