Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2010
Jean-Pierre Després, PhD, FAHA, Scientific Director
Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Québec, QC, Canada; Division of Kinesiology, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada


Jean-Claude Coubard, Executive Director
Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada


Dear Colleagues,

The 1st International Congress on “Abdominal Obesity: Bridging the Gap Between Cardiology and Diabetology” is organized by the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) in Hong Kong in January 28-30, 2010. The meeting takes a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and management of abdominal obesity as a key risk factor for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Evidence suggests that our current worldwide epidemic of abdominal obesity cannot be handled by the current medical model in which complications such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease are often evaluated and managed in isolation without the proper multidisciplinary resources to improve patients’ nutritional and physical activity habits.

The 1st International Congress on Abdominal Obesity shall raise awareness on abdominal obesity as a new modifable risk factor which, along with traditional risk factors, plays a central role in this new concept of global cardiometabolic risk.

A novel approach is required to better understand the various causes of abdominal obesity, which this meeting examines through the review of original data being translated into new paradigms for assessment and management. In their invited lectures, the top international experts of the feld discuss novel approaches, and share scientifc and clinical data to benefit regional healthcare professionals, clinicians and scientists for the fight against the epidemic of abdominal obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

At the same time, questions on abdominal obesity, diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension are reviewed in depth.

Some of the key topics addressed at the congress include:

We are very grateful to our faculty for making this frst event a unique international forum which aims at tackling an important and growing health problem worldwide.

Local Organizing Committee

P. Barter, Australia
B. Brewer, USA
J. Chan, Hong Kong, China
JC. Coubard, France

JP. Després, Canada
F. Hu, USA
P. Libby, USA