Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Contribution of non-lipid factors to atherosclerotic vascular disease

Despite the generally accepted thesis linking lipids to atherosclerosis, a large number of patients fail to benefit from statins, the current lipid-lowering drugs of choice. Moreover statins are reported to cause diabetes and severe muscle weakness in some patients thus adding to the general conundrum associated with statin therapy. This prompts an important, yet unresolved question related to non-lipid factors contributing to development of atherosclerotic vascular disease and elucidation of the underlying molecular basis of such disorders.

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