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To extend our knowledge of the pathobiology of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders and enable clinical investigations that advance the prediction, prevention, preemption, treatment, and cures of human disease.
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Interactions between anticoagulant therapy and antiretroviral drugs

Cardiovascular pathology has become a major problem in the management of the HIV-infected patient during the ART era. A large number of HIV patients will receive anticoagulants drugs for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. It is therefore critical to understand the interactions between antiretroviral therapy and anticoagulant therapy to safely treat HIV patients.

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Mechanisms of Uterine Hemostasis

What are the mechanisms of uterine hemostasis?
Endogenous mechanisms of uterine hemostasis protect women from the bleeding challenges of miscarriage, childbirth, and menstruation. Dysregulation of these mechanisms has implications for the critical public health problems of hormonally-induced venous thromboembolism and hormonally-induced arterial thromboembolism (myocardial infarction and stroke). Our current understanding... more »

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Pathobiology of Lung Fibrosis

End organ fibrosis accounts for up to 45% of deaths in developed countries. In particular, lung fibrosis is a devastating disease with poor prognosis. Despite development of two new drugs, their efficacy is still limited, highlighting the need to better understand the pathobiology that accounts for fibrotic disease progression in the presence and absence of acute exacerbation or infectious drivers.

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Heart transplant surveillance

It is essential to develop clinically viable, non-invasive, less expensive technologies for the surveillance of allograft rejection in heart transplant patients. Critical challenges that exist in the near term or long term surveillance after transplant is the unavailability of molecular and cellular level markers that can be non-invasively imaged and quantified detect rejection and thus improve patient survival. Development... more »

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Study of Prevention of Airflow Obstruction Progression

There should be a study for prevention of Airflow Obstruction Progression. Rationale: All diseases have a prodrome followed by an early face of disease progression. Complex medical chronic diseases can only be slowed through the addition of several interventions all of which contribute to a final improvement of prognosis (witness CV diseases).
Definition of “Early Disease”: Would be aimed at patients with airflow obstruction... more »

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Lipid apheresis as adjunct therapy in peripheral vascular disease

What is the roll of inflammation and how does lipid apheresis alter inflammation in peripheral vascular disease when added to standard therapy and/or when used alone? Does lipid apheresis result in long-term improvement with reduced morbidity, mortality, and expense compared to standard therapy?

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Novel methods to diagnose and treat microvascular ischemia

Microvascular ischemia is common, particularly in the setting of critical illness. We need better ways to evaluate, diagnose and treat these conditions, whether they relate to microvascular myocardial ischemia, as a primary diagnosis of complication of other acute illness, or non-myocardial ischemia during the course of surgery, injury, infection or acute illness.

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Apheresis Medicine in the Management of Sickle Cell Disease

Despite advances in care, patients with sickle cell disease have significant morbidity and mortality. One challenge is the optimal use of simple vs exchange transfusion vs no transfusion when managing these patients. Simple transfusions lead to iron overload while exchange transfusions may expose patients to increase numbers of red blood cell units. The mechanism of benefit from transfusion (oxygen delivery vs marrow... more »

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Cardiac rehabilitation in congenital heart disease

Does cardiac rehabilitation in children with Fontan physiology increase exercise capacity over the long term?

What are the benefits? What is the appropriate dose? What other CHD populations may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation?

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Conduct a clinical trial whether maximizing melatonin using orange eyeglasses in the evning reduces breast cancer.

Epidemiological studies have shown totally blind women have about half the incidence of breast cancer as blind women who retain light control of melatonin suppression or of women with normal vision. Studies show shift worker that reduces melatonin and disrupts the circadian rhythm increases the risk of breast cancer. Studies show human breast cancer grafts grown on rats but supplied with human blood grow rapidly if the... more »

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