The biomedical research community has made major progress in achieving a balance of men and women in human studies, however compelling questions about the underlying mechanisms that increase women’s risk or resilience for certain heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) diseases continue to challenge the scientific and medical community.

In support of its Strategic Vision, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is advancing a scientific research agenda for women’s health. As part of that agenda, the Institute has issued a Request for Information “Understanding the Health of Women and the Role of Sex/Gender in Mechanisms of Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Diseases and Disorders.” The RFI offers the research community, health care professionals, patient advocates, and others an opportunity to provide input on topics ranging from scientific gap areas in mechanisms of HLBS diseases, to training and resource needs, among other topics.

The NHLBI greatly values your perspective as it works with the wider scientific community to uncover the mechanisms of disease that will set a stronger foundation for clinical research focused on more effective prevention and treatment strategies for HLBS diseases and disorders in women. Please submit your responses via email to [email protected] by March 15, 2019. Don’t forget to include the Notice number (NOT-HL-18-660) in the subject line.