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Request for Information Solicits Input on International Trends in Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a request for information (RFI) (NOT-HL-16-440) seeking input for an October 2018 conference that will address “international trends in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.” The conference will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark “Conference on the Declining Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease” (CHD). That conference brought together experts from epidemiology, clinical research, cardiology, and public health. Similarly, NHLBI would like to bring experts “in a broad range of fields to consider from a global perspective where we are in terms of understanding the direction, magnitude, differences, and drivers of trends in cardiovascular disease worldwide.” The RFI emphasizes that out of necessity, the proposed 2018 meeting will be transdisciplinary, stressing that the questions “about drivers of past changes and likely trajectories” cannot be realized by scientists from one disciplinary area. Responses to the RFI are due by December 31, 2016. For more information see the Notice.

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Posted in Issue 18 (September 20), Update, Volume 35 (2016)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Strategic Visioning Initiative Seeks Scientific Community’s Input

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking the scientific community’s input in its Strategic Visioning Initiative. To help determine NHLBI’s future direction, the Institute is seeking the community’s participation in an “ongoing process that will inform its priority setting, decision making, and resource allocation.” The purpose of the Initiative is to develop the Institute’s priorities for the next decade. In the video launching the initiative, NHLBI director Gary H. Gibbons explained that he is asking the NHLBI community to help identify the most compelling questions and critical challenges that the Institute must attend to in the coming years if it is “to take advantage of emerging scientific opportunities and bold new approaches for actively promoting human health, as well as significantly reducing and preventing disease.” (more…)

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Posted in Issue 6 (April 7), Update, Volume 34 (2015)

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