Current Opinion in Lipidology was launched in 1990. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of lipidology is divided into six sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editor for this issue.
Ernst Schaefer is a distinguished professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine, USA and senior scientist at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, as well as the director of the Lipid Metabolism Laboratory and Heart Disease Prevention Program and Clinic. Dr Schaefer studied at Harvard College, USA, Dartmouth Medical School, USA, and received his MD degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA. After completing his medical residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, USA, he completed an endocrinology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health where he also served as a senior investigator and head of the clinical service of the Molecular Disease Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of NIH.
He received the JD Lane Award of the U.S. Public Health Service and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) (1981) and the Irvine H. Page Arteriosclerosis Research Award from the American Heart Association (1981) for defining human HDL metabolism, the metabolic defect in Tangier disease and describing two new genetic disorders apoA-I/C-III/A-IV and apoE deficiency characterized by severe lipoprotein abnormalities and premature coronary heart disease with Drs Bryan Brewer and Robert Levy.
Dr Schaefer has authored or co-authored over 500 publications and two books on HDL metabolism and heart disease prevention. He served on the first and second adult treatment panels of the National Cholesterol Education Program of the NIH, on the Nutrition Study Section and as chairman of the Metabolism Study Section of the NIH, and the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association. Since 1997, he has been a member of Who's Who in America, and since 2004 has been listed among America's Top Physicians by the Consumers Research Council of America.
Between 1997 and 2007 Dr. Schaefer served as the U.S. editor of the journal Atherosclerosis, and in 2009 served as the chairman of the 15th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis.