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Unique New Initiative by World-Recognized Specialists in Heart Disease and Diabetes to Reduce Residual Vascular Risk Launched Today
Date:11/9/2008

Disease Research (Diabetes Vasc Dis Res 2008;5:319-35) and in a supplement to the American Journal of Cardiology (Am J Cardiol 2008:102:Supplement 10A ), the R3i calls for:

- Original research to quantify the full extent of residual

vascular risk in patients with atherogenic dyslipidemia and to identify

new targets for interventions.

- Educational programs to create awareness of residual vascular

risk and to encourage healthcare professionals, particularly Primary

Care Physicians (PCPs), to translate available research findings into

improved treatment strategies.

- Advocacy to ensure that the issue of residual vascular risk

associated with atherogenic dyslipidemia is given appropriate priority

in national and international guidelines.

"Our overall goal must be to provide knowledge and understanding to allow physicians to get closer to normalizing residual vascular risk in patients with heart disease and/or diabetes," Frank Sacks, Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Harvard School of Public Health, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and Vice-president of R3i, said. "We hope that the original research conducted under the auspices of R3i and the widespread communication of current knowledge and new data will lead to significant improvements in the reduction of risk beyond the levels we achieve now. Despite significant advances in reducing vascular risk in the last 20 years, we have only just begun to address this issue. We invite our colleagues to join us in addressing this important challenge."

The R3i is led by a Board of Trustees and an International Steering Committee (ISC) of 21 officers and members from the disciplines of cardiology, diabetology, lipidology, endocrinology, epidemiology, nutrition, ophthalmology, nephrology and basic science. The legal body of the R3i will be a Foundation established in Switzerland. National organizat
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