PLAC Test National Advisory Board

The PLAC® Test National Advisory Board is a group of noted cardiovascular experts and healthcare practitioners whose collective goal is to further the body of research surrounding cardiovascular disease research worldwide.

The Board agrees that vascular inflammation plays an important role in the formation of rupture-prone arterial plaque.  Further to this, the Board recognizes the importance of Lp-PLA2 and hs-CRP as independent and different inflammatory markers which, in some cases, can support each other.

The consensus of the Board is that the awareness of Lp-PLA2 as a vascular specific inflammatory marker to identify people with increased risk for CVD and/or stroke over and above traditional risk factors is low.  Therefore, the PLAC® Test Advisory Board strongly recommends more education programs for physicians on primary prevention of CVD, including Lp-PLA2.  NDI is working toward these efforts in Canada and we look forward to a continued discussion with primary health care providers about the importance of preventive testing.

Board Members

Dr. Milan Gupta, MD, FRCPC, FACC

Dr. Milan Gupta, MD, FRCPC, FACC

Associate Clinical Professor of Cardiology, McMaster University Medical Centre

Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto

Scientist, St. Michael's Hospital

 

Dr. Jacques Genest, MD, FRCP (C)

Dr. Jacques Genest, MD, FRCP (C)

Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Health Sciences Centre

 

Dr. Pierre Theroux, MD, FACC

Dr. Pierre Theroux, MD, FACC

Montreal Heart Institute

Professor of Medicine, University de Montreal

 

Dr. Norman C.W. Wong, MD, FRCP(C)

Dr. Norman C.W. Wong, MD, FRCP(C)

Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Health Sciences Center

 

Dr. Eva Lonn, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC

Dr. Eva Lonn, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FACC

Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, McMaster University

Director of Echocardiography, Hamilton Health Sciences

 

Dr. Subodh Verma, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FAHA

Dr. Subodh Verma, MD, PhD, FRCSC, FAHA

Cardiac Surgeon, St. Michael's Hospital

Associate Professor of Surgery

Canada Research Chair in Atherosclerosis

University of Toronto

 

Dr. Robert A. Hegele, MD, FRCPC, FACP

Dr. Robert A. Hegele, MD, FRCPC, FACP

Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario

 

Dr. GB John Mancini, MD, FACC, FRCPC

Dr. GB John Mancini, MD, FACC, FRCPC

Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Vancouver General Hospital Cardiology

St. Paul's Hospital Heart Clinic

 

Dr. David J. Bewick, MD, FRCPC

Dr. David J. Bewick, MD, FRCPC

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

Cardiologist, Atlantic Health Sciences Corp.

Saint John Regional Health Facility

 

To learn more about the PLAC Test National Advisory Board, or to find out how you can become a member, please contact us.