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Strategically Focused Research Networks

Health Technologies & Innovation

NEW – Cardio-Oncology named as newest SFRN!

  • The Cardio-Oncology SFRN will begin in 2021
  • Please check back often for updates

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

Postdoctoral graduates interested in a fellowship opportunity with one of AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Networks should submit an application to the center(s) of interest. If you are interested in future SFRN postdoctoral fellowships with a Network, please submit a CV to SFRN@heart.org and it will be shared with the Training Directors once these Networks are awarded.

American Heart Association Funded Networks

The AHA is currently funding seven Strategically Focused Research Networks (SFRN) with focuses on Go Red For Women, Heart Failure, Obesity, Children, Vascular Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, and Arrhythmias & Sudden Cardiac Death. To date, three Networks (Prevention, Hypertension, and Disparities) have completed.

  • Prevention SFRN (completed): Northwestern University (Ill.), Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (N.Y.), and the University of Texas, Southwestern (Texas)
  • Hypertension SFRN (completed): The University of Iowa (Iowa), the Medical College of Wisconsin (Wis.), Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Ohio), and the University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.)
  • Disparities SFRN (completed): Medical University of South Carolina (S.C.), Morehouse School of Medicine (Ga.), Northwestern University (Ill.), and the University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
  • Go Red for Women SFRN: Columbia University Medical Center (N.Y.), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Md.), Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation (Pa.), New York University Medical Center (N.Y.), and the University of California, San Diego (Calif.)
  • Heart Failure SFRN: Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), Massachusetts General Hospital (Mass.), University of Utah (Utah), University of Colorado Denver (Colo.)
  • Obesity SFRN: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Md.), New York University Medical Center (N.Y.), University of Alabama, Birmingham (Ala.), and the Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Children’s SFRN: Children's National Health System (D.C.), Duke University Medical Center (N.C.), Northwestern University (Ill.) and University of Utah (Utah)
  • Vascular Disease SFRN: Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (Mass.), Northwestern University (Ill.), University of Kentucky (Ky.), and Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)
  • Atrial Fibrillation SFRN: Boston University (Mass.), Cleveland Clinic (Ohio), Northwestern University (Ill.), Stanford University (Calif.), University of Utah (Utah), and Vanderbilt University (Tenn.)

Background

In 2011-2012, the American Heart Association (AHA) conducted extensive discussions among stakeholders to determine key attributes and guiding principles. In line with its values to make an extraordinary impact and bring science to life, the AHA created the strategically focused research networks to explore all aspects of basic, clinical, and population sciences to address key strategic issues and accelerate progress toward AHA’s mission.