Founders

Therese Heinonen, DVM
A graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Heinonen has an active interest in the evaluation of potential cardiovascular biomarkers and their appropriate application in clinical trials.  She received training in molecular biology at Merck Research Laboratories, and was a member of the Pfizer Global Research and Development cardiovascular senior management team where she made significant contributions to the clinical development of Lipitor. Including her current responsibilities as the Associate Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs at the Montreal Heart Institute Coordinating Center, Dr. Heinonen has accumulated over 25 total years of research, with 23 years dedicated to clinical research.  Current clinical research projects are focused in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and oncology. Addition areas of interest include strategies to improve upon clinical trial design and methodology.  Dr. Heinonen has authored over 50 publications and managed over 30 clinical trials, many of which have focused on cardiovascular biomarkers and imaging technologies.  Dr. Heinonen has worked as a consultant to government institutions, pharmaceutical companies, and diagnostic companies.   In 2003, Dr. Heinonen began organizing the annual Cardiovascular Biomarkers and Surrogate Endpoints Symposium and in 2006 co-founded the International Partnership for Critical Markers of Disease. Dr. Heinonen is also the owner of Trialynx, Inc. and Northern Lynx, LLC. research support companies.

 

Jean-Claude Tardif, M.D. 
Jean-Claude Tardif is professor of medicine at the Montreal Heart Institute, where he also serves as a cardiologist and Director of the Research Center. Dr. Tardif graduated from the University of Montreal with his medical degree in 1987 and completed his fellowship in cardiology in 1992. Returning to Montreal, he took up a position as cardiologist at the Heart Institute that same year. Dr. Tardif is the Director of the Cardiovascular Health Network of Fonds de Recherche en Sante’ du Que’bec and also holds the Canadian Institutes of Health research and Pfizer chair in atherosclerosis. Dr. Tardif has authored and co-authored more than 400 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed publications including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, Circulation, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, he has written 25 book chapters and has edited several books. He is the principal investigator of several large international clinical trials in the field of atherosclerosis. 

 

Peter Libby, MD
Peter Libby, MD, is the Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He serves as the Mallinckrodt Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Libby directs the D.W. Reynolds Cardiovascular Clinical Research Center at Harvard. His current major research focus is the role of inflammation in vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. Dr. Libby has received numerous awards and recognitions for his research accomplishments, including the 2006 Distinguished Scientist Award of the American College of Cardiology. His areas of clinical expertise include general preventative cardiology. An author and lecturer on cardiovascular medicine and atherosclerosis, Dr. Libby has published extensively in medical journals including Circulation, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, New England Journal of Medicine and Nature. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the coming edition of Braunwald’s Heart Disease. Dr. Libby has also contributed to the chapters on pathogenesis, treatment, and prevention of atherosclerosis to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. He has held numerous visiting professorships and has been selected to deliver over 50 named or keynote lectures throughout the world. Dr. Libby’s professional memberships include the Association of American Physicians, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and honorary membership in the British Atherosclerosis Society. He currently serves as the President of the Association of University Cardiologists. He has served in many roles as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, including chairman of several research committees and member of the executive committees of the Councils on Arteriosclerosis, Circulation, and Basic Science. He has frequently served as a consultant to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), including a 5-year term on the Board of Scientific Councilors. He was the recipient of a MERIT Award from the NHLBI. Dr. Libby earned his medical degree at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his training in internal medicine and cardiology at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital). He also holds an honorary MA degree from Harvard University.