From the Science by the Pint website. Full schedule below
Dr. Peter Libby
of Harvard Medical School
Fanning the Flames: New Links Between Inflammation and Heart Disease
Monday, November 20th, 6:30-8:30 at The Burren (247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144) (directions)
Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. For decades, scientists and physicians have postulated that inflammation might be another critical, if not necessary, factor for driving heart disease. Dr. Peter Libby’s research group at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is dedicated to examining the link between inflammation and atherosclerosis, a condition which often precedes heart attack, and how we can use this knowledge to prevent heart disease. In the clinic, Dr. Libby and his colleagues, in association with Novartis, recently completed a landmark study (CANTOS) that showed that lowering inflammation independently of cholesterol can reduce the risk of heart attack, offering the first direct evidence that inflammation directly contributes to heart disease.