Welcome to the


Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th of April 2018


The Scandinavian Society for Atherosclerosis Research (SSAR) sponsors a yearly meeting in a Scandinavian Setting, open to all interested scientists. The meeting is organized like the European Lipoprotein Club or the Gordon Conferences. To make it attractive for established as well as young scientists to attend, the aim is to have:

1. The best possible scientific quality. Therefore, four pairs of chairpersons each decide the scientific content of their session. Each pair of chairpersons invites 2 speakers and decides who should give the non-invited lectures in their session, and who should present posters. The number of non-invited lectures allocated to the different sessions depends on the number of abstracts submitted to the sessions. Submitters of abstracts are encouraged to submit their best and most recent results.

2. An inexpensive meeting. Registration, room and board will be free of charge for scientists from academic institutions. Scientists from private companies will, upon acceptance to the meeting, be asked to pay DKK 4000.- to cover registration, room and board. All participants will have to pay their own transportation.

3. An appealing location, Krogerup Højskole is an old manor house beautifully situated in a large park, within 5 minutes' walking distance of the beach and of Louisiana, Copenhagen's famous museum of modern art.

By fulfilling these 3 goals, we hope maintain the tradition of a yearly atherosclerosis meeting of very high standard, and we ask you (young or established scientists) to help us achieve this by submitting an abstract of high scientific quality.



1. Inflammation and Vascular Biology
Tanja X. Pedersen (Denmark) & Michael Davies (Denmark)

Invited speakers:
Petri Kovanan (Finland)
“Human macrophages and their proinflammatory responses in atherosclerosis”

Andrew Murray (United Kingdom)
“Inorganic nitrate and the control of oxygen supply and demand”

Selected oral and poster presentations

2. Lipoproteins and Lipid Transport
Monique Mulder (The Netherlands) & Katariina Öörni (Finland)

Invited speakers:
Lina Badimon (Spain)
“The effect of LDL in monocyte-to-macrophage differentiation”

Daniel Ketelhuth (Sweden)
“Adaptive immune responses to LDL”

Selected oral and poster presentations

3. Cardiovascular Disease
Marianne Benn (Denmark) & Kirsten Holven (Norway)

Invited speakers:
Reijo Laaksonen (Finland)
“Plasma ceramides predict cardiovascular death in patients with stable coronary artery disease and acute coronary syndromes beyond LDL-cholesterol”

Marlys Koschinsky (Canada)
“Lipoprotein (a) in cardiovascular disease”

Selected oral and poster presentations

4. Other topics
Stefano Romeo (Sweden), Vesa Olkkonen (Finland)

Invited speakers:
Luca Valenti (Italy)
“Causal role of hepatic fat accumulation in determining liver disease”

Kari Alitalo (Finland)
“Translational insights into Vascular Growth Factors”

Selected oral and poster presentations