Salim Yusuf

PHRI researchers provided new insights into diet and health, stroke care and outcomes, CVD care and prevention, as well as biomarkers that identify clusters of individuals at high risk for non-communicable disease (NCD)-related mortality at the World NCD Congress 2023 in Toronto.

This morning at the third global event focused on NCDs, PHRI Executive Director Salim Yusuf gave a talk on the impact of societal, environmental and individual factors on CVD and other NCDs.

“Healthcare access – not risk factors – make the most contribution to variation in CVD deaths,” said Yusuf, suggesting that we move primary prevention to non-medical primary health staff, as well as famlily and community supports. He gave examples of the HOPE-4 trial, as well as lessons from the PURE study in 27 countries.

Other PHRI sessions at WNCD 2023

Also happening today at #WNCD2023, Yusuf and PHRI Investigator Mahshid Dehghan co-chair a session that includes presentations by:

  • Claudia Sikorski on changes in diet in 47 countries over the last 70 years: A systematic review and meta-analysis
  • PHRI Research Fellow Victoria Miller on association of macro-nutrient consumption with vascular brain injury
  • PHRI Associate Senior Scientist David Jenkins on glycemic index and load and outcomes (mortality and CVD).

This afternoon, PHRI Scientist Mike Sharma moderated a session that included PHRI Investigator Raed Joundi on cognitive impairment after stroke – a global perspective; and PHRI Scientist Jackie Bosch on improving stroke outcomes in low resource settings.

Jackie Bosch

Yusuf also co-chaired a session today on “Access to CVD Care and Prevention” that included PHRI Scientists JD Schwalm and Philip Joseph on overcoming gaps in hypertension control and other topics.

Yesterday at WNCD 2023,  within a session on population approaches to NCD prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, PHRI Scientist Marie Pigyere presented on the identification of clusters of individuals at high risk for NCD-related mortality: A report from the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) biomarkers sub-study.

Best Student Poster: PURE study

Last night, Ali Moinuddin, a MSc student at McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact won the World NCD Congress 2023 Best Student Poster, for his poster titled “Association of Occupation with Respiratory Symptoms and Lung Function in 174,900 individuals from 20 countries: the PURE study.” (Download PDF.)

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