Libin welcomes latest recruit Lawrence de Koning, PhD from Harvard

The industry of advancing scientific knowledge is more akin to gravitational forces where stars of today attract the stars of tomorrow. One such rising star, Lawrence de Koning, PhD, is the Libin Cardiovascular Institute’s latest recruit. When asked about what attracted him to Calgary, de Koning doesn’t miss a beat.

“The University of Calgary has an established and cutting-edge cardiovascular research program evidenced by impressive funding and publication track records,” he says.

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is extremely pleased to welcome de Koning. He  joins the University of Calgary as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Clinical Biochemist with Calgary Laboratory Services.

He is a cardiovascular epidemiologist and clinical chemist with special interests in nutrition, obesity and biochemical markers. In 2009, he completed a PhD in health research methodology at McMaster University where he studied gene-diet interactions and cardiovascular disease under Dr Sonia Anand. He then spent three years at the Harvard School of Public Health Department of Nutrition (under Dr. Frank Hu) and Children’s Hospital Boston Department of Laboratory Medicine (under Dr. Mark Kellogg), where he received additional training in nutritional epidemiology and for board certification in clinical chemistry.

He has published several high impact articles on abdominal obesity and dietary patterns and recently published a paper in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation on sweetened beverage intakes and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk. De Koning says he’s interested in pursuing research on novel biochemical markers of both dietary intake and inflammation, and in assessing their impact on cardiovascular risk.

“I’m very much looking forward to joining the research team at Libin and enjoying the stunning natural beauty of Alberta,” he adds.

This recruitment was made possible by support from Libin’s Cardiometabolic Program, which is funded by a donation from the Cal Wenzel Foundation. Donors, such as the Wenzel family, enable the Libin Institute to succeed and we continue to be ever grateful for their generosity.

By Al-Karim Walli

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