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 Editors for this issue.
Dr McPherson received a PhD from the University of London, UK before completing medical studies at the University of Toronto, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1984. She completed fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Toronto. She has held academic positions at the University of Toronto and McGill University and is currently Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biochemistry and Director of the Lipid Clinic at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Dr McPherson is a member of the CIHR Lipoprotein & Atherosclerosis Group at the University of Ottawa. Her laboratory research is centred on the molecular mechanisms of HDL-mediated reverse cholesterol transport and on the genetic aetiology of coronary artery disease and obesity. She has had continuous support from peer-reviewed funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Medical Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada since 1988. She has authored or co-authored several book chapters and over 90 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr McPherson was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 2002, for her contributions to scientific research. She is a member of the Canadian Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dyslipidemia and has been a strong advocate of strategies for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
James Shepherd (MB ChB, PhD) has been Professor and Head of the Department of Pathological Biochemistry and Honorary Consultant at the University of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland, since 1988. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of London, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Shepherd has spent periods researching abroad at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, the Cantonal Hospital, Geneva and the University of Helsinki and is former Chairman of the European Atherosclerosis Society, and Founder member of the British Hyperlipidaemia Association and the Asian Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease. Professor Shepherd's research is directed towards understanding those factors which are responsible for the development of coronary artery disease. In particular, he has focused on the roles played by heredity and environment in the regulation of the levels of fats (like cholesterol) in the blood. He directed the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study (WOSCOPS) and presented its findings at the American Heart Association meeting in November 1995. In November 2002 he presented the results of the the PROSPER Study to the American Heart Association in Chicago. This study was conducted in three countries, The Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom and investigated the benefits of cholesterol lowering in the elderly at risk.