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H. Eser Tolunay
Project Officer

 

Dr. Tolunay is the Deputy Branch Chief of the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch, in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). She oversees programs on integrated basic, translational, and clinical research on etiology, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of vascular diseases and hypertension. Her own portfolio focuses on basic, translational, and clinical research on aortic aneurysms, and the biology and diseases of the lymphatic system. She chairs the trans-NIH Coordinating Committee on Lymphatic Research. Her other trans-NIH activities include the role of air pollution on cardiovascular disease. Dr. Tolunay began her research career at NHLBI as a Fogarty Fellow, and later as a Staff Fellow. In 1985, she joined the Monsanto Company in St. Louis to conduct pharmaceutical discovery research. Her research involved atherosclerosis, thrombosis and homeostasis, hypertension, and inflammation. She returned to NHLBI in 2001. Dr. Tolunay earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at Robert College in Turkey, and her PhD in Biochemistry at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

 

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Megan Mitchell
Program Manager

Ms. Mitchell is a clinical trials specialist in the Vascular Biology and Hypertension Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Ms. Mitchell works closely with Drs. Tolunay and Desvigne-Nickens to oversee GenTAC Registry activities. Ms. Mitchell earned a master’s degree in public health from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in August 2003.

 

 

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Patrice Desvigne-Nickens

Deputy Project Officer 

Dr. Nickens is a program director in the Heart Failure and Arrhythmias Branch in the Division of Cardiovascular Sciences in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Nickens is responsible for the scientific development and fiscal management of relevant research programs focused on prevention, recognition, and treatment in cardiovascular medicine. Her research activity uses many research mechanisms: investigator-initiated projects, center grants, contract and grant solicitations, and small business and conference grants to support basic and clinical investigations including clinical trials. Her portfolio includes many aspects of heart failure and arrhythmia research. Dr. Nickens is responsible for initiative development, coordination of workshops and meetings, and all reports within these scientific areas prepared for the Division and Institute Directors. Dr. Nickens serves as project officer on various trials and is a liaison to the American Heart Association Executive Council on Clinical Cardiology.