Edwin Bierman Lecture Award
Ronald M. Krauss, MD
The Edwin Bierman Award Lecture has been given to Ronald M. Krauss, MD. Supported by an endowment established in 1999 by Merck and Co., Inc., this award recognizes a leading scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the field of diabetes-related macrovascular complications and related risk factors. Dr. Krauss gave the Edwin Bierman Award Lecture, “Dissecting Dietary Determinants of Atherogenic Dyslipidemia,” on Monday, June 11, 2012.
Currently senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, Calif., and adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, and in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Krauss has been a foremost investigator in nutrition as it relates to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic risk.
Dr. Krauss has been a pioneer in identifying and studying the pathophysiologic properties of LDL subclasses. Recent work in the Krauss lab has identified dietary and genetic influences on these subclasses, which can affect cardiovascular disease risk. Krauss’s team has also shown that lipoprotein changes achieved by carbohydrate limitation and weight loss operate through common pathways that are independent of dietary saturated fat. These findings indicate that deeper understanding of the complex interactions of the metabolic and genetic determinants of lipoprotein heterogeneity can lead to targeted interventions in susceptible individuals.
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