3rd CVRT Symposium: Diet, Active Lifestyle and Cardiovascular Health: 5 December, 2013

11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9DRT – 5 min walk from Oxford Circus.

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Sessions included: Mediterranean diet and cardiovascular health; working for a healthier tomorrow; policy round table; evidence for cardiovascular effects of dietary bioactives; evidence on risks and benefits of new dietary approaches; risks and benefits of new exercise strategies; effects of exercise on surgical outcomes; healthy heart strategy for schools; intellectual property and foods.

Education on how to protect cardiovascular health is vitally important.

Symposium  delegates included clinical and life science academics, health professionals, pharmaceutical and biotechnology experts, sports trainers, and others concerned about maintaining the health of the heart and preventing heart-associated illnesses.


9.00    Registration

9.40    Mediterranean diet, Professor Ramón Estruch, Barcelona

10.20  The Lifestyle Heart Trial: 23 years on, how far have we progressed? Dr Ellen Storm, Liverpool

10.50  Coffee

11.20  Working for a Healthier Tomorrow, Professor Dame Carol Black, Cambridge

12.00  Round table

12.45  Lunch

13.45  Plant stanols, blood lipids and cardiovascular health, Dr Ingmar Wester, R&D Director, Raisio Group, Finland

14.25  Diet and exercise to reverse overweight: what works? Professor Donald Singer, University of Warwick

15.05  Exercise and outcome of surgery, Professor Chris Imray, University Hospital, Coventry

15.45  Tea

16.15  Healthy heart awards

17.00  Close

Supported by a generous educational grant from Venture Life

Symposium speakers

Speakers - 3rd CVRT Symposium 12.13
Speakers: Chris Imray, Ramon Estruch, Donald Singer, Carol Black DBE, Ingmar Wester, Ellen Storm

Professor Dame Carol Black, DBE, FRCP is Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Adviser on Work and Health at the Departtment of Health, England, Chair of the Nuffield Trust and Chair of the Governance Board, Centre for Workforce Intelligence. Spearheaded by Carol Black as National Director, ‘Health, Work and Wellbeing’ is a joint initiative across government to improve the health and well-being of working age people.

Ramón Estruch
, Medical Professor at the University of Barcelona. He leads Thematic Networks evaluating the effects of the Mediterranean Diet and its main components on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in high-risk patients. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the EU European Foundation for Alcohol Research.

Chris Imray, Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University Hospital in Coventry. He is interested in the effects of extreme altitude on the cardiovascular system, in prevention and treatment of carotid artery stroke syndromes, and in strategies for improving outcomes of vascular surgery.

Donald Singer, Professor of Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Warwick and President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. Professor Singer is interested in prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease, and in public understanding of the benefits and risks of medicines.

Dr Ellen Storm, is a medical doctor training in paediatrics and child health. She has a Masters Degree
in public health and has a particular scientific interest in the causal relationships between diet and

Dr Ingmar Wester, R&D Director at the Finnish company Raisio. He discovered plant stanol ester in 1995. He will provide a scientific overview of the evidence for cardiovascular benefits and use in practice of stanol ester.

Delegates: The meeting is of interest to academic researchers and pharmaceutical target-hunters, health professionals interested in the health of the heart and circulation, health policy advisers, sports amateurs, professionals and trainers, dietitians and nutritionists, and others interested in cardiovascular health.

Publication: Papers will be published in the Elsevier journal Health Policy and Technology, an official journal of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine. Journal website: http://healthpolicyandtechnology.org

Healthy Heart Awards are aimed at increasing interest in children and students in how to maintain cardiovascular health.

The Cardiovascular Research Trust (CVRT) is a registered charity which carries out research and provides education related to the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The CVRT chairman is Professor Donald Singer, a medical doctor distinguished in this field as a researcher and educator: http://www.cvrt.org.uk/