Atherosclerosis is the disease of arteries that is the usual cause of heart attacks and stroke. The European Atherosclerosis Society, founded in 1964, is devoted to advancing knowledge of the causes, natural history, treatment and prevention of Atherosclerosis. Currently composed of about 400 senior and junior researchers in basic as well as clinical science, membership is open to scientists and physicians working in Europe and in neighboring countries.
One major activity of the European Atherosclerosis Society is the organization of a large annual congress as well as several smaller scientific workshops. Another is the development of guidelines for the treatment and especially the prevention of atherosclerotic disease based on sound scientific evidence.
Major decisions are made by all Society Members by ballot or when assembled at the Annual Business Meeting. An Executive Committee, to which members are elected for a term of three years, takes care of the Society's daily activities. The society collaborates with other societies in the field of cardiovascular research. Society activities are supported by membership fees as well as by public and private sponsors.