President’s Message

January 2022

Prof. Peter Libby, MD
President, IAS

 

 

I am privileged to take the helm of the International Atherosclerosis Society following on Raul Santos’ successful three years of leadership. When I stood for election to this prestigious post, I presented a brief that outlined several points which bear emphasis here. First, we must retain and even expand focus on the “International“ in our society’s name. The greatest burden of cardiovascular risk and disease now resides in lower and middle income countries. We must affirm and expand our commitment to enlisting representation and participation from the growing economies and developing world, regions increasingly affected by the disease we strive to conquer. We need to continue to grow efforts to combat atherosclerotic risk globally. Achieving this goal requires us learn together cultural sensitivities and to embrace local challenges that would allow us to help mitigate atherosclerosis and complications not just in high-income countries, but worldwide. The traditional purview of the International Atherosclerosis Society was appropriately rooted in lipidology. The remarkable advances in this field have yielded highly effective treatments and management strategies. Notably, we have gained considerable mastery over low-density lipoprotein, an established causal cardiovascular risk factor. Yet, with a current global epidemic of obesity and diabetes, aspects of the lipid profile beyond LDL have assumed increasing importance. We now should complement our traditional focus on lipids with a broader approach that encompasses vascular biology, and diabetes and obesity. Finally, we must remain committed to diversity. We need to strive to engage individuals in the leadership of our society representative of its geographical and multi-cultural reach. We need to include women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and younger individuals to maintain the Society’s vigor and representation. I look forward to enlisting the cooperation of all of our constituencies in achieving these goals. I welcome all suggestions as we evolve with changing times to realize our twin missions of increasing scientific knowledge and reducing atherosclerotic disease worldwide. I am humbled to be entrusted with this role that allows me to work with and learn from so many committed colleagues to realize these goals.

 

Prof. Peter Libby

President of the International Atherosclerosis Society