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NHLBI Strategic Visioning Initiative is a good idea. You have received a score of useful suggestions from Academia and business. But like and good idea, it needs someone to follow through. Otherwise your new beautiful plans for cardiovascular research may die without a significant impact.
Fifty years ago Prof. Harald Reuter of the University of Bern, Switzerland obtained the first experimentally supported evidence that the calcium channel is a physiologically distinct entity. Further stimulated by the synthesis of the dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker nifedipine, the field of calcium channel research rapidly encompassed cardiovascular and other powerful biomedical directions.
According to the National Bioeconomy Blueprint" published in 2012 by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “Flexibility in the use of new and existing funding mechanisms in and across agencies will be vital to stimulating the discovery of new bioinventions with potential to grow the bioeconomy” (p. 24). It is known that the most effective research program in American history was the Manhattan Project. ...more »