NLA Adds Trio of New Features to 2017 Scientific Sessions

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May 10, 2017 - 2:45pm

Abstracts Program now digital to infuse presentations with more interactivity

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the National Lipid Association’s 2017 Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia from May 18-21 fast approaching, NLA members have an annual meeting packed full of top insights from respected medical leaders to look forward to.

Central to the NLA’s mission to promote healthy lifestyles, attendees are being challenged to take part in the Step Challenge. Beginning Thursday, May 18, participants can compete with their peers to take the most steps through Saturday, May 20 and will track their progress by linking their personal step-tracker device to the Step Challenge mobile app. The challenge winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2018 Scientific Sessions.

On May 19, the new Digital Poster Hall will launch, giving presenters an opportunity to display interactive and dynamic abstracts. The hall features large-format flat panel monitors with touchscreen tablets and support the NLA’s go-green efforts. Selected abstracts will also be identified for live oral presentations during the sessions.

On May 20, the NLA will announce Robert H. Eckel, MD, FNLA as the W. Virgil Brown Distinguished Achievement Award & Lectureship, sponsored by the Dyslipidemia Foundation. Eckel will deliver the inaugural lecture associated with the award.

The highest honor conferred by the NLA, he was selected for his outstanding contributions to the lipid community. A professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver, Eckel’s translational research has incorporated data from populations, human subjects, genetically-modified mice and tissue culture to pursue mechanistic relationships between metabolic disorders such as obesity/metabolic syndrome/diabetes and CVD.

Established to honor one of the NLA’s founders, Brown’s contributions to the field of lipidology and the NLA are renowned. Award recipients must be nationally known for significant contributions in the diagnosis and treatment of lipid disorders and the education of healthcare providers in this important field. The recipient is nominated and selected annually by a joint selection committee between the National Lipid Association and the Foundation of the NLA.


The NLA is a multidisciplinary specialty society focused on prevention of cardiovascular disease and other lipid-related disorders. The NLA’s mission is to enhance the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine, and one of its goals is to enhance efforts to reduce death and disability related to disorders of lipid metabolism in patients. Members include physicians (MDs and DOs), as well as clinical team affiliates, from an array of disciplines including PhD researchers, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, exercise physiologists, and dietitians.

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