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Yusuf to take leadership position in world federation

Published: January 29, 2013
Salim Yusuf
Dr. Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and scientific director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI)

Dr. Salim Yusuf, professor of medicine for the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and scientific director of the Population Health Research Institute (PHRI) of McMaster and Hamilton Health Sciences, is taking a leadership role in the World Heart Federation.

He has been voted in as president elect and will become president in January, 2015. The World Heart Federation of international scientists in cardiology, based in Switzerland, works to prevent and control these diseases that kill 17.3 million people each year, 80% in the developing world. The World Heart Federation is recognized by the World Health Organization as its leading non-government organization (NGO) partner in cardiovascular disease prevention.

At the PRHI, he has established an international program of research in cardiovascular disease and prevention involving 85 countries. For example, his pioneering work has identified that the majority of risks of cardiovascular diseases are attributable to a few common risk factors and are similar in impact worldwide

Yusuf said: "Governments have started to recognize the enormity of the problem posed by non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, affecting individuals and economies. We can have a very large impact worldwide through developing global capacity to implement evidence-based practices in prevention. I am committed to working together to realize the vision that within two decades we can cut the cardiovascular burden by more than half."

John Kelton, dean and vice-president, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University said: "Salim Yusuf's important population health research in cardiovascular concerns has already had significant world-wide impact, and he is an excellent choice for a leadership role at the global level."

Murray Martin, President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences said: "Dr. Yusuf's leadership as vice-president of research at Hamilton Health Sciences has propelled us forward to be now ranked as the most impactful research hospital in Canada and seventh in the world. His presidency will be a tremendous asset to the World Heart Federation."

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