29th August 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Members of the Editorial Board met to discuss the latest PCSK9 science and future research challenges. Presentations given by five Board Members focused on basic science and clinical perspectives.
Does PCSK9 have effects beyond the liver?Professor Bertrand Cariou, INSERM UMR1087, l’Institut du Thorax, Nantes, France
PCSK9 loss of function mutations: mechanistic insights:Professor Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
How can we optimise PCSK9-targeted therapies?A view from Europe: Professor Luis Masana, University Rovira and Virgili, Reus-Tarragona, Spain
A view from North America:Professor Henry Ginsberg, Columbia University, New York, USA
PCSK9 monoclonal antibody therapy: pharmacodynamics, efficacy and safetyProfessor Evan Stein, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Cincinnati. USA
PCSK9 and Lp(a), a novel approach to a re-emergent cardiovascular risk factor
Weighing the cost versus benefit of PCSK9-targeted therapy
High cholesterol: an unmet need
Looking ahead with PCSK9 Education & Research Forum
What are the patient priorities for PCSK9 inhibitors?
Does PCSK9 inhibition impact atherosclerosis?
Loss of function mutations in PCSK9: the trigger for therapeutic development
Does PCSK9 have effects beyond the liver and if so, what is the evidence?
Familial hypercholesterolaemia: putting the patient first
Going forward, a number of issues were identified:
- Elucidation of the underlying mechanism of PCSK9 inhibition in lowering Lp(a)
- In the identified patient priorities, would it be feasible to bypass other lipid-lowering therapies (after statins)? Is there a greater role for imaging in the management of these patients?
- Comprehensive evaluation of the benefit versus risk of these treatments in each clinical setting
- Education to minimise barriers to the use of PCSK9-targeted therapies (beyond cost).
- FH: to use a collaborative approach to educate clinicians about FH, so as to improve diagnosis and management
- Media support
- Patient-directed materials