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Funding for Cardiothoracic Surgery Research

The continued development of new technologies requires cardiothoracic surgeons to maintain a strong level of research to ensure the highest quality of patient care and surgical outcomes are received across the world. The level of support for CT surgery within the NIH has continued to drop over the last decade. This is a substantial problem for the specialty as the limited funding available creates difficulty in the continued... more »

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CT Surgeons are performing procedures on some of the sickest patients while effecting some of the most dramatic favorable outcomes and the continue support for research in this specialty is essential to ensuring improvements in quality patient care. CT surgeons are provided the opportunity to participate in both the research lab and operating room which provides an important opportunity for a role in both the scientific discovery and implementation of new outcomes.

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Cardiothoracic diseases are one of the top health issues facing the global population and the research being conducted is integral in helping cure the issues facing the current generation. With expanded support for research, new areas of the heart, lung, and esophagus can be studied with the hopes of identifying new technologies and procedures to help ensure the next generation is given the highest quality of care possible.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Matt E.

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The role of Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) in the prevention and treatment of rejection of heart and lung transplants

According to the ISHLT, more than 4,000 patients undergo a heart transplant each year, and almost 4,000 receive single or double lung transplants. Their prognosis depends heavily on the avoidance of rejection, which claims the majority of their lives. For heart transplant recipients, the median survival is 11 years, while for lung transplant recipients, it is approximately 5 years. The current most common anti-rejection... more »

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Patients who are fortunate to receive a matched heart or one or two lungs transplants are at high risk of dying from rejection early and even years after the operation. Thus, they are given cocktails of highly toxic anti-rejection drugs for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, despite compliance with their drug regimens, many patients still suffer repeated episodes of rejection that may be fatal. In addition, they develop serious side-effects such as diabetes, infections, malignancies, renal failure, etc. ECP has been shown efficacy in preventing and treating cardiac transplant rejection, but the data are limited. ECP appears to benefit such patients by causing an increase in the number of circulating T regulatory (“T regs”) cells. T regs are known to mediate immune tolerance, the ultimate goal of a long-term successful transplant. The role of ECP in lung transplantation is mostly unknown. Very preliminary data have been gathered from retrospective studies. We suspect that patients with early bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (“BOS”) will benefit from ECP prior to developing irreversible pulmonary damage. In both types of transplants, however, it is unknown when should ECP be started, how often it should be employed (treatment schedule), and for how long. Finally, the most compelling argument to use ECP in heart and lung transplantation is its excellent side-effect profile. Furthermore, ECP may allow a decrease in the number of drugs needed to prevent rejection.

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Many patients with heart and lung transplants develop severe and often fatal rejection despite the current drug options to prevent rejection. ECP could be added to their treatment regimens and decrease side-effects, improving long-term survival.

ECP is generally well tolerated and complications are extremely infrequent.

There is a great potential for multi-disciplinary collaboration between Apheresis Medicine, Cardiology, and Pulmonary specialists.

It is conceivable that manufacturers of ECP instruments will be interested in contributing to the design and support of these studies.

Such studies could shed light in the mechanism of action of ECP in heart and lung transplantation.

There is a need to develop standardized treatment regimens based on well designed clinical trials to further optimize the use of ECP. Development and standardization of measurable outcomes is critical for the success of clinical studies in apheresis in general, and ECP in particular.

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  1. Limited number of institutions providing ECP treatment.
  2. Cost of ECP procedures.
  3. Small number of animal models available for apheresis research. Thus, limited studies of ECP mechanism(s) of action. However, understanding pathological mechanisms and their relationship to response to apheresis is critical for optimization and advancement of patient care in heart and lung transplantation.
  4. Lack of infra-structure for apheresis research.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Marisa Marques on behalf of ASFA

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How can we non-invasively, but still accurately, measure blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries?

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a complex, progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure in the lungs. The gold standard for measuring pressures in the pulmonary arteries is a right heart catheterization, where a special catheter is guided through the right side of the heart and into the pulmonary artery, the main vessel carrying blood to the lungs. This measurement is essential, as it allows physicians and... more »

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i. In patients with pulmonary hypertension, the use of multiple tests to characterize the type and severity has long been recommended by global experts; one commonly used diagnostic algorithm recommends more than ten different tests to accurately define this complex, heterogeneous disease. Despite the algorithm used, to confirm a diagnosis of one specific type of PH, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), one must always directly measure the pressures in the heart and pulmonary artery through a right heart catheterization (RHC). Complications for this procedure are rare, but not non-existent with potentially 1 in every 100 patients having a right heart catheterization experiencing a serious adverse event (Hoeper MM 2006). Patients would significantly benefit from a non-invasive method of quantifying their pulmonary artery pressures and/or disease progression, but to date this has not been possible with echocardiography due to measurement errors (Laver 2014), CT scan due in part to measurement inconsistencies (Alhamad 2011), and cardiac MRI due to lack of standardization and multicenter trials (Peacock 2013). Not only would wider utilization of a non-invasive method of measuring pulmonary artery pressures and disease progression potentially reduce the risk from RHC, depending on the modality it could lead to earlier diagnosis of this progressive disease and/or application in countries where RHC is less common.

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Addressing a non-invasive method of measuring pulmonary artery pressures requires investment in both technology and multicenter clinical trials to validate these measures.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Katherine Kroner, Michael Patrick Gray, PHA

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Understanding the Genetic & Epigenetic Basis of Congenital Heart Disease?

Over the last thirty years, our fundamental understanding of the genetics and pathogenesis of congenital heart disease has lagged the tremendous advances in the surgical and clinical care of infants with this group of disorders. We need to close this gap with investigation into the genetic basis of congenital heart malformations to develop new models of disease. The goall is translate an improved molecular genetic and... more »

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Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common congenital malformation and the most common cause of mortality during the first year of life. Approximately 70% of cases occur sporadically without a strong family history or identifiable genetic syndrome, and the primary heritable basis of most non-syndromic CHD has yet to be identified. Studies of affected kindreds, syndromic disease, and more recently genome wide association studies (GWAS) have shed light on a handful of causal loci, while exome sequencing and studies of structural variation uncovering rare de novo variants in trios have yielded only an 8-10% rate of diagnosis in cohorts with CHD. Despite the application of contemporary techniques and study design to genetic discovery in CHD, the majority of the genetic risk for human cardiac malformations remains unexplained.

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One key challenge is that many of the stakeholders including those affected with congenital heart disease (children), along with the physicians make a diagnosis and referral (obstetricians, neonatologists, general pediatricians), are generally funded by other agencies (NICHD). Trans-agency collaboration and cooperation is necessary to improve the translational research structures necessary to improve disease.

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Neurocardiology – A Challenge for Prevention of CV Disease

There is a need to recognize and study the interdependencies between the brain/peripheral nervous system and the heart/vascular systems in health and disease to develop interventions to detect, treat, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

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Effective new therapies for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease

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long recognition of interactions between neural and CV system provide a wealth of background knowledge, while new imaging and electronic designs provide means for administering novel interventions.
Presently it is recognized that the autonomic nervous system plays a major role in the pathophysiology of arrhythmias leading to sudden cardiac death (SCD), and NHLBI supports ongoing studies to determine if modulation of nerves may provide an effective means to reduce the occurrence of ventricular arrhythmias associated with SCD. Already, investigators have suggested that therapies such as right, left, or bilateral cerviocothoracic sympathectomy may provide a novel and cost effective intervention for the prevention of SCD. It is also well known that the sympathetic nervous system is activated during the onset and progression of heart failure. Currently investigators have proposed studies of specific central brain sites and the nerve supply to the heart during chronic heart failure progression to gain a better understanding of this pathway as a therapeutic target for the treatment of HF. This and the translation of results from similar studies is a challenge that should be encouraged.

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Understanding Right Ventricular Function and Failure

There is a need for understanding of right heart failure (RHF) and its consequences following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support, as well as to develop devices to optimally support the right ventricle.

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Understanding the pathophysiology and risk factors of right heart failure in the context of LVAD use might lead to preventative and therapeutic options for these patients.

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Current resources in terms of a National Registry for VADS (INTERMACS) exists and can be leveraged.
While we have a substantial understanding of the risk factors associated with poor outcomes of patients with heart failure and left ventricular dysfunction, much less is known about the syndrome of heart failure and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Right-sided heart failure occurs in approximately 20% of patients receiving LVAD support. Investigation into the pathophysiology of right ventricular failure and its consequences following LVAD support, including identification of risk factors and treatment strategies, remains a high priority according to the Joint NHLBI-American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Working Group convened in 2011 (http://aats.org/CME/2011-AATS-NHLBI-Symposium.cgi). Development of new devices designed to optimally support the RV are warranted.

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A Program of Research in the Prevention of Chronic Heart Failure

There is a need to address chronic heart failure (HF) through improved identification of patients at risk for HF and of patients with pathological ventricular remodeling who have minimal evidence of clinical HF, and more focused and individualized pharmacologic and lifestyle treatments and monitoring of patients with HF risk. Approaches would include big data collection, omics, statistical modeling, and focused clinical... more »

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Substantially reduce the age-adjusted incidence and population burden of chronic heart failure.

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The big data and omics revolutions have made it feasible to collect and analyze a variety of data in large numbers of persons within a relatively short time. A very large sample size provides excellent statistical power. Also, the public health and economic magnitude of the problem create the urgency needed to address the critical challenge expeditiously.
Chronic heart failure (HF) is easily the most common and growing cardiovascular cause of hospitalization and impaired functional status and quality of life in the U.S. and much of the world. This is the case despite improved pharmacologic and lifestyle treatment of HF, as well as improved control of blood pressure in the general population. While some HF in the very elderly may reflect the aging process, the epidemiology suggests that most incident cases could be prevented or postponed for years. Also, there are major ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the incidence of HF.

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Preventing or reversing myocardial fibrosis

Conduct proof-of-concept studies and explore whether strategies to reverse or prevent fibrosis are feasible.

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This challenge will lead to early studies of potential therapeutics for arrhythmias and heart failure. If successful, this would have huge impact.

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Recent studies have identified some compelling signaling pathways that activate fibrosis so it is feasible to test them through creative experimentation.
Fibrosis and fibrogenesis in the myocardium are clear indications that heart function is either declining or progressing towards decline. Although much of the current research continues to focus on unraveling mechanisms that lead to fibrosis and activation of fibrogenesis, there is as yet less focus on potential mechanisms to prevent or reverse fibrosis. This was in part due to insufficient understanding of major causes of fibrosis and mechanisms that activate fibrogenesis. However, findings from recent studies show that there are several compelling therapeutic targets that are ready to be tested to see whether fibrosis can be reversed or prevented.
May need strategies on how to best to succeed in implementing the research - e.g., what research mechanisms, what kind of teams, what kind of expertise, etc. To fine tune this, a focused workshop for advice may be helpful.

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Stem Cell Immunology

We now can create critical cell types like cardiomyocytes etc. from stem cells. Additionally, we are learning the rules of using these cells to rebuild tissues. A major gap in our knowledge relates to the immunobiology of these cells. Lessons from transplantation medicine are only partially applicable, because solid organs are more complex and likely more immunogenic than defined cell populations.

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We now can generate large quantities of critical cell types whose deficiencies underlie many chronic diseases like heart failure. This breakthrough brings us to the next-level impediment: the immune system. While induced pluripotent stem cells have the potential to obviate rejection, in practical terms this is cost-prohibitive: It will cost huge amounts of money to produce and qualify a single patient's cell dose. Moreover, human cardiomyocytes are potent when given to infarcted hearts in the acute or sub-acute phase of infarction, but they have no benefit with chronic heart failure. The 6 months required to produce iPSC-cardiomyocytes precludes their autologous use for myocardial infarction.

We need an off the shelf cell therapy product for myocardial infarction that can be mass produced and qualified for large numbers of patients. This means an allogeneic product is necessary. Identifying the immune response to cardiomyocytes or other cell products will teach us how to precisely immunosuppress the patient, thereby minimizing complications, or alternatively, how to engineer the cells so as to avoid immunogenicity in the first place.

Lessons from the study of cardiomyocyte transplantation could extend to dopamine neurons, pancreatic beta-cells, retinal cells, myelinating cells and many other areas that cause common chronic disease.

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We know a great deal of transplant immunology from hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (graft versus host) and from solid organ transplantation (host versus graft). There are good mouse and large animal (including non-human primate) models of stem cell differentiation and organ transplantation. This offers low hanging fruit where, in perhaps 5 years, we could discern the critical similarities and differences between transplanting stem cell derivatives and organ or marrow transplantation. These studies will inform clinical trials of allogeneic human stem cell derivatives that will be underway by then.

Success in this area will require bringing together researchers interested in stem cell biology and transplant immunology. A properly resourced RFA from NIH could be just the thing needed to promote this interaction.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Charles Murry, MD, PhD

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Address bias of doctors treating obese patients

Twice I was allowed to develop severe heart failure symptoms that required hospitalization to treat because my primary care physician assumed that my ONLY problem was that I am fat.

Every doctor knows that obesity can lead to the development of diabetes, heart diseases, joint damage and yet too many doctors on the frontlines just say: You're fat go diet.

My first experience with this was when I was first diagnosed... more »

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I'd like to know how many patients die because their primary care doctors don't take their health complains seriously. If you can somehow get primary care doctors to open their eyes and do their jobs, patients like me might not be on the verge of death because their doctors refuse to listen. I had a history of heart failure, I told my primary care doctor that my first doctor completely missed the symptoms in 1996, including swollen ankles and feet, the inability to walk two blocks without stopping and having coughing fits that forced me out of bed into a wing-back chair. I started having those symptoms again in 2011 and ended up spending two and half weeks in a hospital in November 2012 to treat my problems and to drain 96 pounds of fluid from my body. I couldn't bend my legs to get into a car or a truck.

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Of course it is possible to deal with this issue. The question is whether doctors and medical researchers are ready to be honest about the role neglect by primary care physicians plays in the overall health of their patients.

Both of the doctors who risked my life had good reputations. I liked them until they stopped listening to me. I had an echocardiogram in October 2011 my ejection fraction was between 20 and 15. I thought I was going to die. My doctor said: numbers don't mean anything??? One year later, I spent two and a half weeks in the hospital.

Why do you think I'm hopping mad. How many other patients are dealing with the same types of problems. I literally had to take Xanax because when my symptoms returned I was afraid that my stupid doctors would kill me by ignoring me again. I reported my fears in detail to United Healthcare, I switched to a more competent medical system. I'm losing weight and spent hours walking around Yosemite National Park last month. That's the difference between doctors who listen and doctors who don't. A patient should not be afraid that their doctor is so stupid that she or he will kill them .... accidentally.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Mary Crystal Cage

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Improving understanding of heart attack mechanisms in women and targeting of treatment

There remain many differences between women and men in the risk of myocardial infarction (MI or “heart attack”), manifestations of MI and outcomes after MI. The time in which the facts about differences between the sexes were unknown or ignored has passed. However, there are many basic answers women and their physicians need, such as: a) Why are younger women with MI at such high risk of death as compared to their male... more »

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Understanding of sex differences is the most fundamental aspect of personalized medicine. When considering MI, some sex differences, such as lower risk of MI and a lesser extent of coronary artery disease (CAD, plaque buildup), favor women. Others, such as the 2-fold higher risk of death in younger women with MI and sex differences in the association between diabetes and MI, favor men. Insights into these and other sex differences should provide the foundation for optimal treatment for the prevention of MI and its complications.

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Mechanistic and descriptive studies may be needed before clinical trials can be undertaken.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Harmony Reynolds

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Congential heart defects in diabetic pregnancies: a devastating reality

There is an urgent need to understand the mechanisms underlying diabetes-induced congenital heart defects (CHDs) through basic science research and biomarker identification in human maternal circulation. Majority of the current research in CHDs is related to genetic analyses; however, environmental factors contribute to the majority of human CHDs, but the underlying mechanism is unknown. There is 60 million worldwide... more »

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More than 32,000 infants are born with heart defects each year in the United States, and about 1 in 150 adults are expected to have some form of congenital heart defect. Approximately, 25% of infants born with heart defects (2.4 per 1,000 live births) require invasive treatment in the first year of life, and in 2009 heart defects were the most common cause of infant death. Therefore, understanding the underlying causes of abnormal heart formation is an essential step towards developing effective new therapeutic treatments or preventions for heart defects. Using diabetes-induced CHDs as research models will reveal critical molecular pathways that contributes to heart cell proliferation and apoptosis.

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The same types of heart defects seen in human diabetic pregnancies can be recapitulated in diabetic animal models, making rodents ideal models to investigate how maternal hyperglycemia may induce congenital heart defects. Dietary supplements of natural compounds may be effective against CHDs in diabetic pregnancies. Clinically, new imaging techniques needs be developed for the early diagnosis of CHDs in diabetic pregnancies. Biomarkers in human blood samples needs be detailed analyzed so that we can use small molecules such as microRNA for reliable and early diagnosis.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Peixin Yang

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Impact of lung remodeling on congestive heart failure progression

End stage congestive heart failure (CHF) causes intensive lung remodeling beyond the type-2 pulmonary hypertension. CHF induced lung remodeling includes profound lung fibrosis, lung vascular remodeling and lung inflammation. Understanding CHF-induced lung remodeling is also critical to understand the right ventricular failure. However, this area is largely unstudied. Regulating CHF-induced lung remodeling and the underlying... more »

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To deal end-stage CHF will need team efforts from heart, lung, blood and immunology.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea Yingjie Chen, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

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A Program of Research in the Prevention of Chronic Heart Failure

There is a need to improve identification and surveillance of persons at risk for heart failure and pathological ventricular remodeling prior to development of clinically overt heart failure.

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Substantially reduce the age-adjusted incidence and population burden of chronic heart failure.

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The big data and omics revolutions have made it feasible to collect and analyze a variety of data in large numbers of persons within a relatively short time. A very large sample size provides excellent statistical power. Also, the public health and economic magnitude of the problem create the urgency needed to address the critical challenge expeditiously.
Chronic heart failure (HF) is easily the most common and growing cardiovascular cause of hospitalization and impaired functional status and quality of life in the U.S. and much of the world. This is the case despite improved pharmacologic and lifestyle treatment of HF, as well as improved control of blood pressure in the general population. While some HF in the very elderly may reflect the aging process, the epidemiology suggests that most incident cases could be prevented or postponed for years. Also, there are major ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the incidence of HF.

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