At the June 15, 2011, meeting of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council (NHLBAC), NHLBI staff presented 15 new initiatives that had been reviewed in May by the Board of External Experts (BEE). One of the proposed initiatives was a Mentored Scientific and Career Enhancement Award in Sleep and Circadian Health and Biology (K18), which would improve the capacity of established investigators to develop trans-disciplinary research programs that integrate the latest concepts in sleep and circadian biology.

The Council was mostly supportive of the initiatives presented, but made a number of specific recommendations for consideration prior to their release. NHLBI Acting Director Dr. Susan Shurin will consider the recommendations of the BEE and the NHLBAC, as well as other budgetary and programmatic issues, in determining which of the proposed initiatives to implement.  Read a brief summary of the NHLBAC meeting on the NHLBI website.