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Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences—Message from the Chair

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA

Joseph C. Wu, MD, 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. Ronglih Liao for her outstanding leadership in chairing the council over the past two years.

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. Finally, 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 get involved in Council activities and to inform us of your specific interest by completing the volunteer form. Together with Dr. Elizabeth McNally, Vice Chair of the BCVS Council, we look forward to working with each of you.

Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences