Pharmacy Alum Elected President of the National Lipid Association
The National Lipid Association (NLA) has named Matthew Ito, PharmD (’86), as its new president. Membership of the NPL includes physicians, pharmacists, researchers, nurses, physician assistants and dietitians.
Ito, who also completed a residency and fellowship at the School of Pharmacy, was installed as president at the NLA’s Annual Scientific Sessions on May 29. He is currently a professor of pharmacy practice and director of the Cardiovascular Pharmacodynamics Laboratory at Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University.
He previously served on the NLA’s Expert Panel on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Familial Hypercholesterolemia. In addition, Ito was a founding member of the Pacific Lipid Association, for which he served as president from 2009-2010.
According to a release on the NLA’s website, Ito’s primary research interest is familial hypercholesterolemia and other lipid disorders. His current research focuses on the effects of various cardiovascular and lipid-altering agents on cholesterol and glucose transporters with the use of cell culture models.
Ito has received nearly $800,000 in research grants, and has published more than 100 research papers, review articles, book chapters, and abstracts. He is currently part of a writing team publishing a scientific statement on familial hypercholesterolemia that will be issued by the American Heart Association’s Atherosclerosis, Hypertension, and Obesity in the Young Committee.
The NLA is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary medical society focused on enhancing the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine that includes over 3,500 members across the United States.