February 17-19, 2022 | New York Hilton, NY

The Endothelial Glycocalyx: A New Frontier in Vascular Medicine

Sponsored Lunch and Learn Presentation*
12:30PM – 2:00 PM | Saturday, September 18, 2021
Speaker: Helen Messier, PhD, MD

Note: This presentation is best for primary care clinicians who regularly address vascular health issues with their patients such as MDs, DOs, DCs, NDs, NPs, and PAs

Session Description:

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) continues to devastate American patients, holding steady as the leading cause of death for adults. Further, vascular disorders are correlated with worse outcomes for many conditions.

Emerging research prompts us to recognize the vital importance of supporting endothelial health to improve cardiovascular outcomes. A healthy vascular system optimizes delivery and efficacy for every intervention. Rapid advances in biomedical research technology have brought a critical structure called the endothelial glycocalyx (EGX) into the spotlight for vascular health. Simply stated, you cannot have a healthy endothelium without a healthy EGX. This essential and delicate structure can be damaged by many common conditions, including high blood glucose, inflammation, aging, oxidative stress, and other conditions.

In this presentation, you will learn how the lining of the endothelium, the EGX, may be the often-overlooked element for restoring vascular (and often systemic) health.


Learning Objectives:

● Understand the foundational role of the endothelium through a systems biology lens
● Describe how the endothelium acts as a foundational structure for overall vascular health
● List the multiple roles of the endothelial glycocalyx (EGX), including its protective, regulatory and communication roles for endothelial function
● Explain how the EGX is damaged through several common conditions
● Understand recent advances in the EGX research and clinical studies
● Apply clinical treatments proven to protect and restore EGX structure and function


About The Speaker: Dr. Helen Messier’s background includes a PhD in molecular immunology and an MD in family medicine. She practices and teaches functional medicine. Her passion is closing the translational gap by bringing what we understand in the scientific world into clinical practice so that patients can benefit from scientific understanding and discoveries in a timely manner.

*Denotes a Non-CME activity.


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