Invited commentary: Future of population studies - Defining research priorities and processes

Ramachandran S. Vasan, Aaron R. Folsom

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In this issue of the Journal, an expert panel offers 7 recommendations on how population studies supported by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contracts might be strategically transformed (Am J Epidemiol. 2015;181(6):363-368). The Institute and its external advisors seemingly established this panel of epidemiologists and nonepidemiologists primarily to find ways to save research costs. Although the working group's recommendations offer reasonable approaches, we believe that, even in tough fiscal times, the main drivers of cardiovascular epidemiologic research must remain 1) scientific questions that are important and 2) study designs to match these. Although cardiovascular epidemiology admittedly is often redundant and needs to be more efficient, undue focus on administrative efficiency and cost savings will not necessarily guarantee cutting-edge population research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-371
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 8 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • cardiovascular disease
  • cohort studies
  • epidemiologic methods
  • prospective studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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