As I begin my tenure as BCVS chair, I would like to extend my thanks to Wally Koch, PhD, FAHA, who just concluded his two-year term. Wally was a superb chair who re-energized our Council and promoted our membership from junior investigator as well as international standpoints. During his tenure, our summer meeting grew in size and achieved renewal of our NIH funding for that meeting.
As I assume this role, we must be increasingly mindful of the challenges to funding for science from all sources. Accordingly, we must continue to recognize and foster the importance of AHA in supporting basic cardiovascular research.
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. Please contact me if you want to be more involved in Council activities. Two areas we are most committed to are our young investigator and international programs. I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or issues.
Joshua Hare, MD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences