2023 Family Heart Global Summit

Family Heart Global Summit 2023The Family Heart Foundation was proud to recognize the contributions over several decades by Professors Anne Tybjærg-Hansen and Børge Nordestgaard from Copenhagen, Denmark with the 2023 Family Heart Foundation Pioneer Award. They have made multiple groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of the relationship lipoproteins are causal factors in ASCVD.

They employed genetic approaches to prove the causal role of Lipoprotein(a) in not only coronary artery disease but also aortic stenosis. Through very large population-based studies in the Copenhagen region, they have been leaders in identifying novel genetic and non-genetic biomarkers for cardiovascular disease. Professors Tybjærg-Hansen and Nordestgaard have each had leadership roles in major societies focused on lipids and cardiovascular disease and have collectively published over 900 research articles and mentored over 100 trainees that continue to further advancements in the field.

Perhaps most importantly, they have shown a tireless commitment to improving the lives of patients with FH, high Lp(a), and with or at risk for ASCVD not only through research but also through advocacy. The Family Heart Foundation was thrilled to honor Professors Tybjærg-Hansen and Nordestgaard by jointly awarding them the 2023 Family Heart Foundation Pioneer Award.

During their acceptance speech, Professors Tybjærg-Hansen and Nordestgaard walked through their partnership – both professionally and personally. They outlined their groundbreaking research and accomplishments while detailing how much remains to be accomplished.  Most encouragingly, they highlighted that the life expectancy in Denmark for people with FH has increased from approximately 50 years of age in the late 1970s to > 70 years in 2020 and that the gap in life expectancy between FH and non-FH individuals has almost completely been eliminated, thanks to significant investments to improve awareness, diagnosis, and treatment.

Family Heart Global Summit 2023
Family Heart Global Summit 2023
Family Heart Global Summit 2023