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Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences—Message from the Chair

Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA

Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA

The American Heart Association (AHA) established the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS) in 1999 with an overarching mission to promote basic science research and education. I truly feel honored to serve as the chair of the Council on BCVS for the next two years. I would first like to thank Dr. Joshua Hare for his outstanding leadership in chairing the council over the past two years. Under his direction, enthusiasm and membership in the council has continued to grow. BCVS is the second largest AHA Council with over 5,000 members to date.

Continuing on the legacy put forth by former BCVS Council Chairs on promoting young investigators and international partnerships, I hope to not only continue these successful ventures, but also to expand support and recognition to mid career and senior investigators. Recognizing the difficulties with the current state of federal research funds, we are committed to raising additional support to provide free membership and AHA conference registrations for 50-75 trainees, early career stage investigators, and underrepresented participants. Please keep a look out for the official announcements. Our efforts will also continue to promote and expand our collaborations and relationships internationally. Last but not least we will organize informal gatherings of women scientists to exchange knowledge and experience as a means for mentoring younger investigators on job negotiations, career development and work/life balance issues.

The AHA BCVS council belongs to every Council member. I would like to extend our gratitude to our Council members who serve on various committees and have contributed to the growth and development of our Council. Their time and contributions are very much appreciated and are critical for the continued development of our Council

I wish to encourage every council member to involve in Council activities and to inform us of your specific interest or suggestion on our Council Web site. Together with Dr. Joseph Wu, Vice Chair of the BCVS Council, we look forward to working with each of you.

Ronglih Liao, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences