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VPM serves as a think-tank, and includes a world-leading faculty of scientists, clinical opinion leaders, industry experts and decision-makers. It is a unique opportunity for networking and exchanging knowledge, skills and experiences in the field of ischaemic heart disease.

A multitude of technical advances and clinical trials in the field were conceived at this meeting. The programme addresses the state-of-the-art developments in the fundamental mechanisms of atherosclerosis, technical advances in the diagnosis and risk stratification of the disease, as well as the most recent developments in clinical trials. There are always extensive discussions on future research directions.

The meeting faculty consists of nearly 80 internationally renowned researchers, as well as key industry partners that were invited to participate in discussions and contribute to advancing the field.

Please register for online access to the meeting.

The Imperial Vulnerable Plaque and Patient Meeting is now approved for 18 category 1 (external) CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians!


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Speakers include

Keynote Lecture
False Utopia of One Unifying Description of the Vulnerable Atherosclerotic Plaque

Gerard Pasterkamp

Mechanisms/ targets for novel therapeutics – Lipids and Inflammation

Ziad Mallet, Jason Johnson, Jane Mitchell, Isabel Goncalves, Jason Johnson, Stephen White

Mechanisms/ targets for novel therapeutics – Infections and Lifestyle

Amir Lerman, Jan Nilsson, Licia Iacoviello Emilio Ros, Hendrick Sager

Novel experimental models of atherosclerosis

Michael Joner, Lilach Lerman, Paul Evans, Adam Hartley, Chiara Giannarelli

AI, remote monitoring and biomarkers

Ramzi Khamis, William Wijns, Amir Lerman, Ioanna Tzoulaki, Peter Sever

Microvascular Pathology and Plaque Vulnerability

Aloke Finn, Stephen Hoole, Tom Van De Hoef, John Ambrose

Champagne Celebration – 20 Years of VPM

Jim Muller, Amir Lerman, Wolfgang Koenig, Gregg Stone, Patrick Serruys

Novel Methods for non-invasive imaging

Mengxing Tang, Yoshi Obuonuma, Hans Reiber

CT-based tissue characterisation and AI

Damini Dey, Michiel Schaap, Jouke Dijkstra

Keynote lectures – clinical burden of plaque vulnerability

David Erlinge, Gabriel Steg, Wolfgang Koenig

Novel anti-inflammatory therapies

Jean-Claude Tardif, Paul Ridker

Lipid-lowering therapies

Lorenz Raber, Steve Nissen, Wolfgang Koenig

Update on anti-thrombotic therapies

Yoshi Obuonuma, Davide Capodanno, Gabriel Steg

Debate: Physiology vs. image guided PCI intermediate lesions

Gregg Stone, Bon-Kwon Koo

Local therapies – pre-emptive treatment of vulnerable plaque

Jim Muller, Ranil de Silva, Takashi Akasaka

Treatment of coronary microvascular dysfunction

Richard Good, Divaka Perera, Giovanni Luigi de Maria

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