2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). NHLBI began as the National Heart Institute on June 16, 1948, when President Harry S. Truman signed the National Heart Act. In 1969, the Institute expanded its mission (and name) to cover research on lung diseases, and in 1976, the Institute grew further to include blood disorders.
To commemorate the Institute’s 70th anniversary and showcase important investments in scientific research, NHLBI is featuring lectures throughout the year from prominent thought leaders representing areas of high scientific priority in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
The next and final lecture in the NHLBI 70th Anniversary Lecture Series, which will feature Dr. George Q. Daley, the dean of Harvard Medical School and the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine at Harvard.
Dr. Daley is a world-renowned expert in stem cell biology. His research focuses on how stem cells in bone marrow become different kinds of blood cells and how that process can inform our understanding of blood disorders and cancer. He will discuss his lab’s novel strategies for developing different blood-forming (hematopoietic) cell types from stem cells, and how these cells can be used to better understand embryonic blood cell development and to model genetic diseases of the blood such as immune deficiencies, bone marrow failure, and sickle cell disease.
For more information about the lecture, including livestream and archive info, visit https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2018/nhlbi-70th-anniversary-lecture-series