From the President's Desk:

Yuji Matsuzawa

As the incoming President of the IAS beginning January 1, 2016, I am very happy to introduce our new team of Officers, the Executive Committee, and Executive Board. Please visit our website at for complete information and brief biographies on each member of our valuable team.

Yuji Matsuzawa, MD, PhD
Director, Sumitomo Hospital, Osaka, Japan

Raul Santos, MD, MSc, PhD
Director of Lipid Clinic, Heart Institute, University of São Paulo Medical, School Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Also included in this newsletter:

New IAS Brochure

This new brochure includes
the list of the incoming IAS Board and Officers (2016-2018)
and the new member societies.
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IAS Visiting Fellowship Opportunities
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017

• 3 - Month Visiting Fellowship Award $5,000
• 6 - Month Visiting Fellowship Award $8,000
For more information Click Here

St. Petersburg, Russia
June 2 - 4, 2016

In the News:

• Special issue highlights new heart disease research on women, call for more
• Smoking and inactivity lead to alarming rise in heart attacks among young Indians
• Dietary Guidelines Statement from American College of Cardiology
• Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery
• First European advice launched for deadly acute heart failure


Clinical Trails
Diet and Nutrition
Drug Therapy
Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease
Life Style
Metabolic Syndrome
Oxidative Stress/Antioxidants
Plaque Biology
Renal Disease
Risk Assessment
Risk Factor
Vascular Biology
Vascular Calcification

Toronto, Canada
June 9 - 15, 2018


Anti-inflammatory and Immunomodulatory Mechanism of Tanshinone IIA for Atherosclerosis

By: Zhuo Chen and Hao Xu

In the early 1990s, Dr. Ross proposed the chronic inflammation hypothesis of atherosclerosis (AS). He further clearly regarded AS as an inflammatory disease in 1999. With more and more inflammatory cells and mediators constantly being detected, AS is no longer considered a simple disease of lipid deposition onto the arterial wall, but instead a progressive inflammatory response within the vessel wall.

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A Monocyte/Macrophage-Based Model for Studying Immunopathology Relevant For Diagnostics and Drug Development for Atherosclerosis

By: Alexander Orekhov, Nikita Nikiforov, Natalia Elizova, Ekaterina Ivanova and Vsevolod Makeev
Immunopathology plays a central role in many human diseases, including atherosclerosis, and its comprehensive diagnosis may be very important for the therapy. However, current methods of immunopathology assessment can reveal only gross alterations of the immune state. Moreover, no drugs are currently available for adequate modulation of the immune response in such pathologies as atherosclerosis.

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Beyond Curcumin: Anti-atherosclerotic Effect of Turmeric

By: Vishal Singh and Manoj Kumar Barthwal

Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease of the arterial wall which is polygenic in nature. It involves several interconnected perturbations including dyslipidemia, inflammation, oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, and platelet activation. Since atherosclerosis is considered a lifestyle disorder and develops over many years, its long-term management can hold the key for successful prevention and therapy. Therefore, incorporation of functional foods in the daily diet may help manage the disease better.

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Atherosclerosis, Chronic Kidney Disease, and Cathepsin S

By: José Luiz Figueiredo and Elena Aikawa

Atherosclerosis is a leading cause of mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which characterizes by extensive remodeling of the extracellular matrix in the arterial wall. Arterial inflammation is the key aspect of the formation and progression of atherosclerotic lesions. However, other molecular mechanisms are involved in the response to the injury of the vascular wall and development of atherosclerosis.

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March 3-6, 2016
The Lipid Working Group of the Turkish Society of Cardiology 3rd Cardio-Spring Meeting of
Non-Invasive Cardiology
Girne, Turkey

March 18-19, 2016
The Finnish Atherosclerosis Society
Annual Scientific Meeting
Helsinki, Finland

March 18-20, 2016
National Lipid Association (NLA)
Spring Clinical Lipid Update
San Diego, CA USA
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March 31, 2016
Educational Seminar: " Preventing Cardiovascular
Diseases - Difficult Clinical Cases"
Athens, Greece

March 15-16, 2016
The Korean Society 51st Spring Conference of
Lipidology & Atherosclerosis
Gyeongbuk, Korea

March 21-24, 2016
The Lipid Working Group of the Turkish Society of Cardiology 23rd National Interventional
Cardiology Meeting
Istanbul, Turkey

May 5-7, 2016
ATVB|PVD 2016 Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology 2016 Scientific Sessions
Nashville, TN USA
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May 19-22, 2016
Educational Seminar: "Risk Factors and Cardiovascular Disease 2016"
Monemvasia, Greece

May 19-22, 2016
National Lipid Association
Annual Scientific Sessions
New Orleans, LA USA
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May 19-21, 2016
The Lipid Working Group of the Turkish Society of Cardiology National Arrhythmia Meeting
Istanbul, Turkey

May 27-28, 2016
International Lp(a) Symposium
Satellite to the 84th EAS Congress
Innsbruck, Austria
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Member Society meetings
and educational activities.

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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 during 2015:
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Inc., Amgen (Europe) GmbH, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Fondazione Giovanni Lorenzini,
OSLA - Oman Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Pfizer, Sanofi and Regeneron, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

IAS Newsletter Editors
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Scott M. Grundy, MD, PhD
Dallas, TX, USA
Associate Editors
Stefano Bellosta, PhD
Milan, Italy
Emanuela Folco, PhD
Milan, Italy
Ann Jackson, MBA
Houston, TX, USA
Website & Newsletter Editors
Elena Colombo
Milan, Italy
Yelonda Williams, BA
Dallas, TX, USA