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FGTB - Message from the Chair

Svati Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA

Svati Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA

The Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council (FGTB) is young, dynamic, and growing! Our mission revolves around scientific efforts, education and career development in functional genomics, translational biology, molecular epidemiology, clinical genetics and the application of translational discoveries to clinical care. Our Council members have expertise across these domains. Our culture is one around engagement and action, and a major priority of our council is the personal development of early career clinicians and scientists.

In addition to leading scientific statements in our key areas, we have initiated and led new and exciting initiatives over the past few years including a mid-career award given in conjunction with the Epidemiology Council; genome editing, next generation sequencing, and clinical genomics “bootcamps” at the AHA Scientific Sessions and ATVB meetings; and a new clinical genetics case series in Circulation Cardiovascular Genetics. Our members are actively engaged with other councils representing population and clinical science to meet the mission of the American Heart Association of reducing heart disease by 20% by 2020.

On behalf of the Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council, I extend a warm welcome to new members and thank existing members for all of their dedication and enthusiasm. I look forward to working with you to continue to develop new initiatives related to the objectives of our Council, engagement with other Councils, and those in support of the missions of the AHA.

I encourage you to reach out and call or email our leadership committee to join our council, inquire about FAHA, volunteer, write manuscripts, and become involved!

Sincerely,

Svati Shah, MD, MS, MHS, FAHA
Chair, Functional Genomics and Translational Biology