October 26, 1984

Multifaceted approach at the heart of NHLBI

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2125-2130. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160011005

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Four photographs hang in the office of Claude Lenfant, MD, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), each one capturing a different corner of the world—a walrus and seal from the north and south polar regions, and a sloth and monkey from the equator. They also capture, in a symbolic way, the widespread nature, yet intimate relation, of the disorders addressed by the institute.

The NHLBI is not the only agency of the NIH to deal with a cluster of disorders, Lenfant notes, adding: "But I think this one [NHLBI] is unique in the sense that there is a very intimate relationship between the cardiovascular, the respiratory, and the blood systems. And the fact that all three [programs] are under the same roof, I think, is a considerable asset to our own scientific endeavors and pursuits."

The NHLBI until recently had three divisions: Heart and Blood Vessel Diseases, Lung Diseases, and Blood Diseases and Resources. A fourth, the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, has been created in an effort to consolidate already existing population-based research.