As I take over this role, we’re in a dangerous time in science when funding from all sources is becoming limited and seriously hampering scientific progress. We must continue to recognize the importance of AHA in supporting basic cardiovascular research and do our part to support that mission.
I encourage you to play an active role in AHA and strive for excellence in your research endeavors. Excellent and cutting-edge basic science in cardiovascular disease is the cornerstone of the AHA’s research portfolio. We must support the opportunity the AHA provides for our scientists, especially our young trainees and junior faculty.
I’m here to represent you. Don’t be afraid to ask to be more involved in Council activities. Two areas we are most committed to are our young investigator and international programs. Please contact me with any comments, questions or issues.
Walter J. Koch, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences