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IAS Statin Publication
Update Service


The International Atherosclerosis Society is very pleased to announce an exciting new and informative Newsletter for its membership: The IAS Statin Newsletter. The IAS will begin this month providing curated update on all publications involving statins as identified in PubMed.
For the Issues, click here

ISA 2018 Toronto, Canada

June 9-12, 2018

XVIII International Symposium on
Atherosclerosis
Toronto, Canada

Fellowship Awards
Winners 2017


Kepa Belloso-Uribe
Leioa, Spain


Fernando Giuffrida
Salvador, BA, Brazil


Zhihan Tang
Hengyang, Hunan, China


Paolo Zanoni
Schlieren, Switzerland


Winner Reports
Winner 2016 - Blake Cochran
Winner 2016 - Ingo Hilgendorf
Winner 2016 - Yosdel Soto
Winner 2015 - Hagit Hochner
Winner 2015 - Kazuyuki Kasahara
Winner 2015 - Wei Tan
Winner 2014 - Amanda Foks
Winner 2014 - Nordin Hanssen
Winner 2014 - Marco Busnelli

last updated: December 7, 2017 

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  From the IAS President's Desk

Following up on my earlier message about The World Heart Federation (WHF) 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health, held in Singapore, July 12-13, 2017, I would like to share with you the comments and concerns of the WHF regarding a new initiative funded solely by Philip Morris International.

The WHF has invited the leadership of all the professional societies who attended the Global Summit for Circulatory Health in Singapore earlier this year to sign the letter below addressed to the Editor of The Lancet.

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  IAS FH Activities

Severe FH Course “IDENTIFYING AND TREATING SEVERE FAMILIAL HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA” (Dubai, UAE, October 14-15, 2017)

The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS), the Oman Society of Lipid and Atherosclerosis (OSLA), the Gulf Heart Association (GHA), and the Emirates Cardiac Society (ECS), are happy to make available to our readers some important documents related to the Course on Identifying and Treating Severe Familial Hypercholesterolemia which was held in Dubai, UAE on October 14-15, 2017. The Course was co-chaired by Profs. Raul Santos (President-Elect of IAS), Khalid Al-Rasadi (President, OSLA) and Wael Almahmeed (Board Member of GHA).


IAS SEVERE FH PANEL

IAS Consensus Statement “Defining severe familial hypercholesterolaemia and the implications for clinical management: a consensus statement from the International Atherosclerosis Society Severe Familial Hypercholesterolemia Panel”

The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) is proud to announce the publication on the definition of severe FH and the implications for clinical management in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology. The IAS Severe FH Panel, made of 25 internationally renowned experts and chaired by Dr. Raul Santos, worked with the objective of characterizing the severe FH phenotype and made recommendations on how to stratify CVD risk and to whom to prescribe the novel lipid lowering treatments. These recommendations will contribute to improved daily clinical practice and better management of FH patients.

To download the full text, which is open access, please link to and register at http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(16)30041-9/fulltext (Published online May 27, 2016). For more information about The Lancet, please visit The Lancet Homepage at www.thelancet.com.


Other FH activities

NEW DATA ON FAMILIAL HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA IN BRAZIL
For the abstract and full article please click here


LAUNCH E-LEARNING

Improving management through genetic testing for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH)

This e-learning has been developed for healthcare professionals with an interest in FH and genetic testing by a panel of world renowned experts in this area, Pr. Carrie and Pr. Bruckert from France, and Dr. Ballantyne and Dr. Eng in the USA and is approved by the International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS).
On completion of this e-learning you will have a better understanding of:

  • Key aspects of genetic testing in Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH)
  • How and why to use genetic testing
  • How to interpret results
  • How to use cascade screening to identify related individuals at risk
You can view the e-learning at http://www.cor2ed.com


NEWS FROM THE DYSLIPIDEMIA and FH CLINICS in IRAQ

After the establishment by Dr. Mutaz Al-Sabah of the first dyslipidemia and FH clinic in Iraq, a research, diagnostic and therapeutic center at the Al-Diwaniyah teaching hospital, which will ultimately separate the FH clinic in the future as an independent center dealing with familial lipid disorders, IAS is pleased to inform our readers that a second Lipid Clinic opened recently in Al-Sulaimaniya city, 400 km to the northeast of Baghdad, thanks to the impressive efforts of Dr Mutaz Al-Sabah. This clinic, supported by the collaboration with the local health authority in the Shorsh teaching hospital. This clinic will offer unique health services to patients with lipid disorders, the clinic will stands for health, research and diagnostic center which ultimately separate into a FH and dyslipidemia center after one year of work.

This represents another success story deriving from the educational activities of the IAS and OSLA in the MENA Region.

Link to the photos of the Openings

We would love to hear from our member societies about other such exciting and important successes in the field throughout the world and look forward to hearing from you.


The SAFEHEART Registry

Risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) are variable among patients with Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH). SAFEHEART is a multicentre, nationwide, long-term prospective contemporary cohort study of a molecularly defined FH population with or without previous ASCVD. A robust risk prediction equation (SAFEHEART-RE) has been developed using this unique cohort that shows that the risk of incident ASCVD may be estimated in FH patients using clinical and laboratory parameters including age, gender, history of ASCVD, blood pressure, body mass index, smoking, and plasma LDL-C and lipoprotein (a) levels. The Harrell's C index for this model was 0.85.
This information will allow more accurate ASCVD risk prediction in FH and will potentially increase the efficiency of care and use of newer lipid lowering therapies. The SAFEHEART-RE is an accurate tool to implement these predictors in daily clinical practice.

You can view it here


  Antonio M. Gotto, Jr. Prize in Atherosclerosis Research - Nomination Deadline: January 15, 2018

The aim of the Gotto Prize is to encourage basic, clinical, and translational research in areas relating to the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular disease globally.
The award recipient will have provided and continues to provide outstanding scientific, medical, or organizational advancement in our ability to understand the causes and to reduce the development of atherosclerosis.
For more information click here.


  IAS - OSLA Collaboration in the MENA Region

The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS) and Oman Society of Lipid & Atherosclerosis (OSLA) are organizing the Fourth IAS-OSLA Course “Lipid Metabolism and Cardiovascular Risk” to be held in Muscat, Oman, on February 16-19, 2018.
As in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the aim of this Course is to increase the knowledge and experience of early- to mid-career, English-speaking practicing clinicians interested in the management of lipid disorders and will be restricted to 30 clinicians from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who manage patients with lipid disorders.

If you are interested in participating, you must apply before January 7th, 2018. Notifications will be sent by January 12, 2018.

Please send your application to: oslaoman@gmail.com
For more information please click here


  IAS Commentaries

  Meeting and Educational Activity Highlights
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  Acknowledgements
The IAS wishes to thank all the supporters which have generously offered grants to the IAS for the development of its many activities and in support of its mission:
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Inc., Amgen (Europe) GmbH, Amryt, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Fondazione Giovanni Lorenzini, OSLA - Oman Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis, Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.,Pfizer, Sanofi and Regeneron, and Weill Cornell Medical College


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The International Atherosclerosis Society (IAS), incorporated in 1979, promotes, at an international level, the advancement of science, research and teaching in the field of atherosclerosis and related diseases.

IAS Newsletter Editors & Website Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief
Scott M. Grundy, MD, PhD
Dallas, TX, USA

Associate Editors
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Milan, Italy

Emanuela Folco
Milan, Italy

Ann Jackson
Houston, TX, USA

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(Milan, Italy)