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NHLBI researcher and grantee are among the 2011 PECASE recipients

Dr. Susan Shurin - July 24, 2012

This week, President Obama announced the recipients of the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). I am pleased to report that this year's awardees include one of our intramural investigators as well as one of our grantees.
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Dr. Nehal N. Mehta joins the NHLBI intramural program as inaugural Lasker Clinical Research Scholar

Office of the Director - July 9, 2012

We warmly welcome Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., M.S.C.E., to the NHLBI intramural program, which he joins today as the inaugural Lasker Clinical Research Scholar. This new competitive award arises from a historic intramural-extramural partnership between the NIH and the Lasker Foundation.
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National Cord Blood Awareness Month

Office of the Director - July 9, 2012

July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month. For more than 15 years, the NHLBI has supported research into the safety and effectiveness of transplanting cord blood that has been donated by people unrelated to the patients who need it. 
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New global research projects to reduce impact of hypertension

Office of the Director - June 19, 2012

On June 11, The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD) held a Secretariat Launch Event at University College London. At the event, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins announced that the NIH and three other member organizations of GACD are supporting research projects on implementing effective approaches to prevent and control hypertension (high blood pressure) in 15 low- and middle-income countries.
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Celebrating World Blood Donor Day

Dr. Susan Shurin - June 14, 2012

The World Health Organization has designated today as World Blood Donor Day 2012—an opportunity to "be a hero" by giving blood and saving lives. 
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NHLBI Acting Deputy Director Dr. Carl Roth provides commentary at the 4th annual Stetten Symposium

Office of the Director - June 14, 2012

NHLBI Acting Deputy Director Carl Roth, Ph.D., LL.M. (right), offered comments to a presentation by Sejal Patel, Ph.D. (left), a senior research historian in the NIH Office of History, at the 4th annual Stetten Symposium on June 6, 2012.
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Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities

Office of the Director - June 11, 2012

On May 31, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Shaun Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council of Environmental Quality, joined national leaders of asthma programs for the release of the Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.
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Drs. Michael Lauer and Clare Waterman to receive Arthur S. Flemming awards for exceptional federal service

Office of the Director - May 29, 2012

Michael Lauer, M.D., director of the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, and Clare Waterman, Ph.D., chief of the NHLBI Division of Intramural Research's Laboratory of Cell and Tissue Morphodynamics, are among the 12 recipients of this year's Arthur S. Flemming Awards. Established in 1948, the awards recognize outstanding service in all areas of the federal government.
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Notes from the American Thoracic Society 2012 International Conference

Dr. Susan Shurin - May 29, 2012

This week the American Thoracic Society 2012 International Conference in San Francisco highlighted the ongoing work of many NHLBI investigators.
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Implications of the ASCERT comparative effectiveness study

Dr. Susan Shurin - May 21, 2012

The NHLBI-supported ASCERT study is an example of how large-scale observational comparative effectiveness research, which looks at the advantages and disadvantages of various interventions for specific groups of patients in order to improve health, can supplement data from randomized clinical trials and provide information to help patients and their caregivers make decisions. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the key implications of this study.
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NHLBI's Dr. Neal Young talks about clinical trials for blood and bone marrow diseases

Office of the Director - May 18, 2012

In this video, Neal Young, M.D., chief of the Division of Intramural Research's Hematology Branch at the NHLBI, shares insight about the importance of conducting clinical trials, some of the benefits of participating in a trial, and a discovery his team made in 2011 about treating the rare blood disease aplastic anemia.
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NHLBI grantees recognized for top clinical research accomplishments

Office of the Director - May 17, 2012

The Clinical Research Forum has established a competition to recognize 10 outstanding clinical research accomplishments in the United States each year. In the competition's inaugural round, 2010-2011, five of the 10 recipients are NHLBI grantees.
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NHLBI exhibits at the USA Science & Engineering Festival

Office of the Director - May 16, 2012

Congratulations to our NHLBI volunteers for hosting a successful exhibit booth and providing other support at the 2012 USA Science & Engineering Festival.
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HBO obesity series features NHLBI-funded research

Dr. Susan Shurin - May 9, 2012

In consultation with the NIH and other major health and research organizations, HBO Documentary Films has produced a series of films and an associated education campaign about America's struggle with obesity. 
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NHLBI's Dr. Keith Horvath named among Washingtonian's "Top Doctors" 2012

Office of the Director - April 16, 2012

Congratulations to Keith A. Horvath, M.D., for being named one of Washingtonian Magazine's "Top Doctors" in March 2012. Horvath is director of cardiothoracic surgery research at the NHLBI and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Suburban Hospital, where he leads the NIH Heart Center.
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Scientific exploration: The gift that keeps giving

Dr. Susan Shurin - April 11, 2012

I was thrilled recently to hear from a former patient of mine who sent photos of his two young sons. John was born with thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder that causes ineffective production of red blood cells and severe hemolytic anemia.
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NIH announces selection of new NHLBI director

Dr. Susan Shurin - April 5, 2012

Today, NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the selection of Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., as the new director of the NHLBI. Dr. Gibbons expects to join the Institute as director in the summer of 2012.
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NHLBI BEE member Robert M. Califf, M.D., speaks on innovative approaches to clinical trials

Office of the Director - March 15, 2012

The NHLBI was pleased to co-present the Mar. 8 installment of the NIH's Medicine: Mind the Gap seminar series. NHLBI Board of Extramural Experts (BEE) member Robert M. Califf, M.D., vice chancellor for clinical research and director of the Duke Translational Medicine Institute, professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and editor-in-chief of the American Heart Journal, delivered a lecture entitled "Innovative Approaches to Clinical Trials."
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NHLBI launches new digital forum: Challenges in Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Office of the Director - March 14, 2012

In an effort to open an active discussion with the larger epidemiology research community about the future of epidemiology as it relates to cardiovascular disease, staff from the NHLBI Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS), with support from the NHLBI Office of Communications (OC), have launched a digital forum: Challenges in Cardiovascular Epidemiology.
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NHLBI Division of Intramural Research hires two early-career researchers through the Stadtman Tenure-Track Recruitment Program

Office of the Director - March 12, 2012

The NHLBI Division of Intramural Research (DIR) is pleased to welcome two new, highly talented investigators into its ranks. Drs. Susan Harbison and J. Robert Hogg recently joined the DIR as part of the NIH's second recruitment round for Earl Stadtman tenure-track investigators.
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New report recommends standard definitions and data collection methods for asthma clinical studies

Office of the Director - March 5, 2012

A consortium of federal agencies and non-governmental organizations has published a report recommending a set of standard definitions and data collection methods to be used in asthma clinical studies across seven key outcomes, including symptoms, exacerbations such as asthma attacks, biomarkers, and quality of life. 
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Tribute to sickle cell pioneer Dr. Charles F. Whitten

Office of the Director - March 2, 2012

The late sickle cell disease pioneer Charles F. Whitten, M.D., was honored at Lister Hill Auditorium on Feb. 2 with a lecture given by his daughter, Wanda Whitten-Shurney, M.D. The presentation marked the National Library of Medicine's acquisition of Whitten's papers. The gift and the lecture were first announced during the NHLBI's James B. Herrick Symposium in Nov. 2010.
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Every day is Rare Disease Day at the NHLBI

Dr. Carl Roth - February 28, 2012

With the fifth annual Rare Disease Day nearly upon us — it is scheduled for this Wednesday, Feb. 29 — I began to reflect on some of the successful NHLBI collaborations with public interest organizations focused on rare diseases that I have seen over my (long) career with the Institute, which welcomes collaboration on any cardiovascular, lung, blood, or sleep manifestation of a disease.
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NIH Clinical Research Trials and You

Office of the Director - February 24, 2012

The National Institutes of Health has launched NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, a new Web resource to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.
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Tenth anniversary Red Dress Collection Fashion Show

Office of the Director - February 14, 2012

As part of American Heart Month, on Feb. 8 the NHLBI's The Heart Truth® campaign, with the support of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, showcased the Red Dress Collection 2012 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
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Division of Intramural Research holds first annual Orloff Science Awards

Office of the Director - February 10, 2012

The NHLBI Division of Intramural Research honored eight research labs, as well as members of the Clinical Investigators Working Group and the Proteomics Research Core, at the inaugural Orloff Science Awards in the NIH's Lipsett Amphitheater on Jan. 20.
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The NHLBI celebrates National Wear Red Day 2012

Dr. Susan Shurin - February 3, 2012

Today is National Wear Red Day® 2012. Here on the NIH campus, we held the first National Wear Red Day "flash mob." Led by passionate staff members, we gathered in the NIH Clinical Center to send a thank-you message to the incredible teams—scientists, doctors, nurses, clinical trial participants, educators, volunteers, and many others across the country—who are working to advance heart disease research and clinical care.
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Upcoming NHLBI activities in recognition of American Heart Month

Dr. Susan Shurin - February 1, 2012

February marks American Heart Month, a time to reflect on the sobering fact that heart disease remains the #1 killer of American women and men—and a time to celebrate those who are working to advance heart disease research and care as well as raise awareness of heart disease risk factors and ways to reduce them. This month, the NHLBI reaffirms its commitment to helping Americans take steps to reduce their risk of developing heart disease.
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Division of Lung Diseases staff members receive first-ever partnership award from NICHD

Office of the Director - January 27, 2012

Drs. James Kiley, Carol Blaisdell, Dorothy Gail, and Barry Schmetter of the NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases were selected to receive the first-ever Partnership Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The team was honored during an awards ceremony at NIH's Lipsett Amphitheater on Jan. 18.
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NHLBI intramural researcher Dr. Neal Young featured in Washington Post

Office of the Director - January 11, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Neal Young, chief of the NHLBI's Hematology Branch, on being featured in a compelling profile this week in The Washington Post. Part of the newspaper's Federal Player series, the profile discusses Young's research on life-saving treatments for aplastic anemia and his clinical and basic studies of other blood diseases.
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Updates in global health activities; Dr. Shurin named chair of Global Alliance for Chronic Disease

Dr. Susan Shurin - January 10, 2012

The NHLBI’s Global Health Program continues to grow and thrive. In October, Drs. Arun Chockalingam and Cristina Rabadan-Diehl, director and deputy director of the NHLBI Office of Global Health, hosted a meeting of our Centers of Excellence in Chronic Disease in Bethesda.
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New Request for Proposals (RFP) on Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

Office of the Director - January 9, 2012

The NIH Pain Consortium is encouraging medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools to respond to a new funding opportunity to develop Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs).
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Applications due Jan. 24 for Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Program

Office of the Director - January 6, 2012

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the Lasker Clinical Research Scholar Program, an historic partnership between the NIH intramural and extramural communities and the Lasker Foundation. The goals are to bridge the widening gap between cutting-edge research and improved patient care and to nurture the next generation of clinical researchers.
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Last Updated: October 16, 2012

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