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.
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)
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Health Sciences Centre
Dr. Pierre Theroux, MD, FACC
Montreal Heart Institute
Professor of Medicine, University de Montreal
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
Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, McMaster University
Director of Echocardiography, Hamilton Health Sciences
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
Distinguished University Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario
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
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University
Cardiologist, Atlantic Health Sciences Corp.
Saint John Regional Health Facility
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