The advisory committee to the director (ACD) convened for two days late last year for the first time under NIH Director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli, who began by acknowledging the tremendous promise and challenges currently facing the greater biomedical science enterprise.
We are lacking scientific knowledge about the breadth and range of plants used as medicines. Dr. Ina Vandebroek, an ethnobotanist at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in Jamaica, is working to bridge this research gap by studying the intricate relationship between people, culture and communities, and the use of plants as medicines.
Scientific collaboration crossed disciplines and borders late last year, as leaders from France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) met their U.S. colleagues in a tour of five NIH institutes, centers and programs.
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The Mobile Exam Unit or MEU, a high-tech research clinic on wheels, is a key part of the NHLBI's Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal (RURAL) Cohort Study. This long-term research project aims to uncover the roots of health disparities in the rural south, where adults have some of the highest rates of heart disease in the country. The MEU brings the region health technologies that enable researchers to get the information they need. February is American Heart Month.