My vision for the Institute is based on a fundamental
set of values that will permeate all activities of
We are engaged in a special form of public service - promoting
patient and public health. The Institute is uniquely
positioned to catalyze changes that transform
knowledge into tangible improvements in health. I
foresee an array of opportunities to build and diversify
the strengths of the NHLBI.
- Stimulate basic discoveries about the causes
of disease - We will continue
to invest in the most talented scientists conducting
the highest caliber research.
- Speed the translation of these discoveries
to clinical practice - Our challenge
is to expand clinical research to complement
the basic science discoveries, while making it
more efficient and cost-effective.
- Foster training and mentoring of emerging
scientists and physicians - We must
help equip our emerging scientists with the knowledge
and skills needed for success in an ever-changing
and complex research environment.
- Effectively communicate advances to the public - We
have an obligation to translate our research findings
and educating our patients and the public at large. Education
regarding the prevention and treatment of heart,
lung, blood, and sleep disorders must be one of
our highest priorities.
The realization of this vision
will require the advice, wisdom, and efforts of
I look forward to working with you all in this exciting
- Dr. Elizabeth G. Nabel M.D., Director