More than $14 million awarded for research to understand cardiovascular diseases, diabetes connections

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Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and University of Iowa leading novel studies as part of the American Heart Association’s newest Strategically Focused Research Network

The American Heart Association — the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to a world of longer, healthier lives — announced today more than $14 million in research grants are being awarded to four scientific teams to create the Association’s new Strategically Focused Research Network on Cardiometabolic Health and Type 2 Diabetes. These teams will focus on innovative breakthrough science designed to better understand conditions that include risk factors related to heart disease and stroke and type 2 diabetes and will hopefully lead to more effective ways to prevent and treat these deadly conditions.

Cardiometabolic disorders include high blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, high cholesterol, abdominal obesity and elevated triglycerides. Understanding and treating these conditions is especially important for people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who are at increased risk of developing and dying of heart disease or stroke. More than 27 million Americans live with type 2 diabetes, according to the American Heart Association’s 2019 Statistics Update.

Research teams at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, New York University and the University of Iowa will receive more than $3.5 million each through this American Heart Association’s Strategically Focused Research Network grant initiative. They will form a national collaboration of scientists focused on studies to address questions about cardiometabolic health with a focus on type 2 diabetes.

“The intent of this initiative is to support a collaboration of basic, clinical and population researchers from different disciplines whose collective efforts can lead to better understanding of the modifiable risk factors and ultimately bring pioneering new approaches to prevent and treat diabetes and the related cardiometabolic health disorders,” said American Heart Association volunteer David Van Wagoner, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and a member of the Association’s peer review team for the selection of the new grant recipients. “Over the next four years, we’ll have some of the most creative minds in cardiovascular research focused on this work to ultimately improve patient outcomes and save lives from heart disease and stroke.”

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