President’s Message

March 2021

Raul D. Santos MD, MSc, PhD
President, IAS

In some parts of the world February and March have brought the “miracle” of massive vaccination on the occurrence of COVID-19 cases. This  really  illustrates what good science and strong political will can make happen. Unfortunately, in other regions the impact of COVID-19 and newer variants of SARS-Cov2 are still worrisome.

The impact of COVID-19 upon people with cardiovascular disease and those at high risk to develop it is still very high and we as health care professionals must try our best to keep the therapies of our patients optimized with the goal of reducing this risk. IAS believes that education and partnership are essential to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease.

We had the terrific experience of working together with our colleagues from the MENA region and specifically from Kuwait on the 1st Kuwait Familial Hypercholesterolemia Symposium-4th Severe FH Masterclass & the IAS-ASPED Pediatric FH Satellite on Feb 19, 20, and 26, 2021. We had more than 603 participants that were able to watch lectures from an amazing faculty not only from the MENA region but also Europe, the Americas, and Africa. That was really international and within the spirit of IAS. The symposium will be soon available at . I’d like to thank our colleagues, especially Drs. Ahmad Al Sahaf, Khalid Al Rasadi for their support and Drs. Asma Deeb, Abdelhadi Habeb, and Mohammad Al Dubayee from the Arab Society of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes (ASPED) for the start of, what I hope will be, a long-lasting partnership! Finally, I’d like to thank our sponsors for the support.

I’d like to add that we are intensively working with Dr. Virgil Brown in preparing a series of videos on our residual risk series with speakers  who have invested decades on research and clinical care of patients. I’m positive that you’ll like the experience. Stay tuned !

In the spirit of cooperation IAS is also working with the World Heart Federation to have joint symposium at the World Congress of Cardiology in conjunction with the Japanese Circulation Society meeting from March 26 to 28 . The theme will be on CVD risk stratification (on demand session #7) and I’m positive you’ll like it!  Please access

Talking about Japan, the Japan Atherosclerosis Society team is working very hard preparing for the XIX International Symposium on Atherosclerosis (ISA) that will  take place as a hybrid meeting from October 24-27, 2021( In addition to a world class symposium, we are honored to announce that IAS will  once again provide not only the  Antonio M. Gotto, Jr Prize but also the JeanCharles Fruchart Prize, the latter in cooperation with the R3i Foundation. The information about nominations can be found at and the emails for registration are respectively and

Hope you all stay healthy

Raul Santos