News Release: Research , School of Medicine

Oct. 7,  2011

Emory Hosts Global Summit on Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome

ATLANTA – Medical experts from around the world will gather at Emory University Oct. 13-14 to discuss the prevention and treatment of the rising global epidemic of cardio-metabolic syndrome.

Cardio-metabolic syndrome is a cluster of diseases and risk factors - including high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels and abdominal fat - that puts a person at higher risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. The underlying causes are obesity, being overweight, physical inactivity and genetic factors.

The two-day summit will take place from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel. It will be hosted by The Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory and Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD, professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.

Key opinion leaders and experts on diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia will address a range of topics including insulin resistance, lessons learned from combating tobacco use, cardio-metabolic syndrome in children and the local and global economic impact of cardio-metabolic syndrome.

Attendees will also discuss opportunities for partnership among academia, industry and government and the initiation of a multinational clinical study to investigate the best methods of preventing and treating cardio-metabolic syndrome.

Participants and speakers from the following institutions will be in attendance: Emory University School of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, Georgia Health Sciences University, University of Utah, American University of Beirut, University of Jordan School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine, St. Joseph’s Translational Research Institute, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Visit for the full schedule of speakers and panels.

The Halle Institute for Global Learning

Established in 1997 with a gift from Claus M. Halle, The Halle Institute for Global Learning ( is Emory’s premier venue for visits by heads of state, distinguished policymakers and influential public intellectuals from around the world. The Halle Institute’s programs strengthen faculty distinction, prepare engaged scholars and foster greater involvement from local, national and international communities.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service.

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