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[2013/06/03] Prof. Shing-Jong Lin Wins the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of Asia Pacific Heart Association
Prof. Shing-Jong Lin Wins the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of Asia Pacific Heart Association

[2013/06/03]

Prof. Shing-Jong Lin Wins the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of Asia Pacific Heart Association

Prof. Shing-Jong Lin of Institute of Clinical Medicine, the Dean of Office of Research and Development of National Yang-Ming University, has won the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of the Asia Pacific Heart Association (APHA). ASSA 2013 (Annual Scientific Sessions of APHA 2013) organized by APHA was held in Singapore during April 19th-21st, 2013. More than 1000 experts, scholars and health care professionals active in the field of cardiovascular diseases and medicine in the Asia Pacific region, including 120 invited speakers, attended the conference, sharing academic progress and clinical experience. Prof. Shing-Jong Lin was nominated the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award to recognize his outstanding research achievement in atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease, and to acknowledge his significant contribution to the field of cardiology.

In his research, Prof. Lin documented the "Cell Turnover-Leaky Junction Hypothesis" for lipid entry into the arterial wall in atherogenesis. During cell turnover, either replicating or dying, aortic endothelial cells continuously undergo structural remodeling, including cellular junctions. Poorly organized junctions associated with the remodeling provide the pathway through which low density lipoprotein cholesterol enter the arterial wall to initiate the development and progression of atherosclerosis.

Risk factors, such as diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, and hypertension, may cause endothelial injury, increase cell turnover, enhance cellular junction leakage, promote lipid entry into the arterial wall, thereby, accelerate the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Therefore, Prof. Lin recommends the life style modification and management of diabetes, hyperlipidemia and hypertension to prevent the atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease.

In addition, Prof. Lin studies the cardiovascular protection by anti-oxidation and anti-inflammation of some drugs and red wine. He also investigates the important role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPC) in cardiovascular diseases. He found that risk factors, such as hypertension, may reduce the number and function of EPC. On the contrary, by increasing the number and function of endothelial progenitor cells, some drugs and red wine may provide cardiovascular protection.

Prof. Shing-Jong Lin attended the ASSA 2013 and received the Award in person. Prof. Lin appreciated the recognition of his research work by the APHA. He wishes to promote the communication and collaboration among experts and scholars in the field of Cardiology in the Asia Pacific region in the future.

Prof. Lin (left) won the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of Asia Pacific Heart Association.

Prof. Lin (left) wins the 2013 Opinion Leaders Award of Asia Pacific Heart Association.


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