Volume 4, Issue 1, February 2011 (146 pages)
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 2nd International Congress on “Abdominal Obesity: Bridging the Gap Between Cardiology and Diabetology”, organized by the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR), will take a multidisciplinary approach to the assessment and management of abdominal obesity as a key risk factor for the development of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

It has become evident 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 help of the proper multidisciplinary resources to improve patients’ nutritional and physical activity habits.

The 2nd International Congress on Abdominal Obesity will build on the success of the first edition and further emphasize the notion that abdominal obesity is a new modifiable risk factor which, along with traditional risk factors, plays a central role in this new concept of global cardiometabolic risk.

The relatively new International Congress has rapidly become the platform to discuss novel approaches and share scientific and clinical data to benefit regional healthcare professionals, clinicians and scientists in our fight against the epidemic of abdominal obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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

Some of the key topics to be addressed include:

We are very happy to welcome you in Buenos Aires for this exciting scientific event which is the best scientific/clinical forum which aims at improving assessment and management of a rapidly expanding group of patients’ worldwide: sedentary individuals with abdominal obesity.

Sincerely yours,

The Executive Scientific Committee

The Local Organizing Committee