The International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) is an independent, academic, multidisciplinary organisation affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval and located at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, in Québec City, Canada. It is composed of two international councils: the executive council and the scientific council. The members of both councils have been chosen based on their expertise, their remarkable scientific contributions, and their status as world leaders in their discipline.
A key aspect of the Chair is its international and multidisciplinary character, with the following disciplines represented: cardiology, diabetology, lipidology, endocrinology and metabolism, obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and basic research.
Members of the executive council: Jean-Pierre Després, Jean-Claude Coubard, Philip Barter, Bryan Brewer, Frank Hu and Peter Libby.
Members of the scientific council: Christie Ballantyne, Juliana Chan, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Edward Horton, Michael Jensen, Ronald Krauss, George Kunos, Yuji Matsuzawa, Richard Nesto, Jorge Plutzky, Paul Poirier, Robert Ross, Luis Ruilope, Arya Sharma, Ulf Smith, Gabriel Steg, Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Luc Van Gaal and Nicholas Wareham.
The makeup of both councils exemplifies the multidisciplinarity the Chair has sought to achieve, with all members active in complementary areas of expertise. The Chair provides a forum for them to share their knowledge and expertise regarding the etiology of chronic societal diseases such as abdominal obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is in keeping with the Chair’s goal to create a platform to examine new ideas, pool the members’ experience and expertise, and share scientific and clinical data to benefit healthcare professionals and the general public around the world.
The Chair’s primary objective is to help raise awareness of abdominal obesity as a new risk factor which, along with traditional risk factors, figures largely in this relatively new concept of global cardiometabolic risk. We are committed to contribute to the fight of the abdominal obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease epidemic that is sweeping the world.
To this end, the Chair has set the following goals:
- Developing educational activities for healthcare professionals, such as academic sessions at major international congresses, various conferences, publications, press relations programs for the lay and medical press.
- Fostering ties and partnerships with professional bodies and associations around the world.
- Spurring and promoting clinical and epidemiological research programs to stem the obesity, poor lifestyle and diabetes pandemic ravaging today’s society.
- Hosting its own international congress.
First called the International Congress on Abdominal Obesity, the ICCR Congress has rapidly become the international platform to discuss novel approaches and share scientific and clinical data to benefit healthcare professionals, clinicians and scientists. Now named the ICCR Congress on Chronic Societal Cardiometabolic Diseases, the conference reflects the Chair’s evolving mission to fight a lifestyle epidemic of sedentary behaviours and low quality nutritional habits leading to highly prevalent chronic cardiometabolic diseases. There is clearly a need to take a fresh look at these societal diseases and to explore not only how to better assess and manage the risk of abdominal obesity, but also how to work upstream at both individual and public health levels to combat what is a lifestyle epidemic.
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