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Petri Kovanen


Dr. Kovanen has received his M.D. degree (1970) at the University of Basle, Switzerland, and then (1975) his M.D, Ph.D degree at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He conducted his postdoctoral work (1976 – 1980) at the University of Texas, Health Science Center at Dallas, Department of Medicine and Department of Molecular Genetics (heads: Nobel Laureates Joseph L. Goldstein and Michael S. Brown). His main achievement in Dallas was to unravel the mechanism of statin-induced lowering of plasma LDL-cholesterol level in vivo.

After his return to Finland, he completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Helsinki. In 1984 he was appointed as Scientific Director, and 1997 as Director of Wihuri Research Institute, Helsinki, Finland. Since 2013 he is Director Emeritus, and Head of the Atherosclerosis Research Laboratory of the Institute.

Dr. Kovanen was the Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Medicine (1995-2008), and has served on the Editorial Board of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, and as Editor of the Cell Biology and Lipoproteins section of Current Opinion in Lipidology. He has served as a Council Member of the Scandinavian Society for Atherosclerosis Research, as a Councillor of the European Vascular Biology Organization, and also as the 1st President of Finnish Atherosclerosis Society.

Most importantly, Dr. Kovanen, a member of EAS since 1995, has been the Society’s Secretary since January 2009, and is the current Chair of the Society’s Award Committee. As a member of the Organizing Committee and as the Press Officer of the 76th EAS Congress held in Helsinki 2007, and as the Scientific Programme Committee Chair for the 79th EAS Congress held in Gothenburg 2011, for the 80th EAS Congress held in Milan 2012, and for the 81st EAS Congress held in Lyon, Dr. Kovanen has made major contributions to the success of the Society’s annual meetings. Dr. Kovanen has been active over the years on behalf of EAS by teaching vascular biology to students who attended the former annual EAS Summer Schools, and he has also served as a teacher in EAS Advanced Courses in Clinical Lipidology and in EAS Advanced Courses in Clinical Excellence in Cardiovascular Prevention and Lipidology. .

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