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Scientific Sessions and PH Clinicians and Researchers (PHCR) Dinner Forum: Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund (CMREF) Update/Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR)

Vallerie McLaughlin


Raymond Benza


Michaela Aldred


Paul Hassoun


Kurt Stenmark


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Conference: 2010 International PHA Conference and Scientific Sessions

Release Date: 06.22.2010

Presentation Type: Scientific Sessions

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Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund (CMREF) Update

The Cardiovascular Medical Research and Education Fund (CMREF) mission is the support of research to uncover the etiology and pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH), in pursuit of the ultimate goal of its treatment and cure. In 2006, the CMREF established the Pulmonary Hypertension Breakthrough Initiative (PHBI) Research Network, a network of multidisciplinary, collaborative transplant and research centers each headed by an investigator interested in studying the pathogenesis of IPAH.

In this presentation, Dr. McLaughlin will give a brief overview of the PHBI and discuss lung processing and failed donor lung procedures, and Dr. Benza will describe lung processing and failed donor lung procedures at the Transplant and Preparation Centers. Dr. Aldred will discuss her center's scientific research on the genetic analysis of PH lung tissues, and Dr. Visovatti will describe his center's research on the role of ectonucleotidases in PAH.

Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) Update

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Pulmonary Vascular Disease program is a multi-project grant that involves both basic and clinical research in pulmonary vascular disease. Drs. Paul Hassoun and Kurt Stenmark, both SCCOR Directors at their respective institutions, will present their work. Dr. Hassoun will discuss his SCCOR entitled "Molecular Determinants of Pulmonary Hypertension," and Dr. Stenmark will present his SCCOR on "Lung Vascular Disease in Infants and Children: Mechanisms and Treatment."