Strategic transformation of population studies: Recommendations of the working group on epidemiology and population sciences from the national heart, lung, and blood advisory council and board of external experts

Véronique L. Roger, Eric Boerwinkle, James D. Crapo, Pamela S. Douglas, Jonathan A. Epstein, Christopher B. Granger, Philip Greenland, Isaac Kohane, Bruce M. Psaty

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Abstract

In 2013, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute assembled a working group on epidemiology and population sciences from its Advisory Council and Board of External Experts. The working group was charged with making recommendations to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory Council about how the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute could take advantage of new scientific opportunities and delineate future directions for the epidemiology of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases. Seven actionable recommendations were proposed for consideration. The themes included 1) defining the compelling scientific questions and challenges in population sciences and epidemiology of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases; 2) developing methods and training mechanisms to integrate "big data" science into the practice of epidemiology; 3) creating a cohort consortium and inventory of major studies to optimize the efficient use of data and specimens; and 4) fostering a more open, competitive approach to evaluating large-scale longitudinal epidemiology and population studies. By building on the track record of success of the heart, lung, blood, and sleep cohorts to leverage new data science opportunities and encourage broad research and training partnerships, these recommendations lay a strong foundation for the transformation of heart, lung, blood, and sleep epidemiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-368
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume181
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 8 2015

Keywords

  • big data
  • clinical trials
  • cohort studies
  • epidemiology
  • public health
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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