Research Laboratory of Lipid Metabolism Disorders and Atherosclerosis

Head of the Laboratory — Asiyat Alieva.


  • To conduct basic and applied research aimed at solving challenges in lipid disorders, including maintaining an expanded research protocol for patients with familial hypercholesterolemia.
  • To maintain a registry of patients with hereditary lipid disorders, to hold medical commissions by an expert board to arrange for preferential provision of lipid-lowering drugs according to indications for a category of patients with high cardiovascular risk.
  • To organize and hold educational events for doctors and patients in order to present relevant information about the key principles of treatment of lipid disorders and the latest advances in lipidology.

Specialists of the Laboratory

  • Asiyat Alieva, MD, PhD, Head of Laboratory
  • Olga Reutova, Researcher 
  • Ekaterina Schelina, Junior Researcher 
  • Elena Usova, Junior Researcher
  • Anna Fanta, Junior Researcher
  • Anatolia Onopchenko, Research Assistant

International collaboration

Visit of Professor Alberico L. Catapano to Almazov Centre.

In 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Almazov Centre and the University of Milan.

Together with the Institute of Experimental Medicine, a project was launched to create and study experimental mouse models of atherosclerosis (LDLR, PCSK9, LDLR + PCSK9 variants).

Since 2019, the Centre has been conducting a research protocol “In-depth examination of patients with familial hypercholesterolemia with genetic testing, assessment of traditional and new markers of subclinical atherosclerosis” to allow for a comprehensive diagnosis, including genetic and cascade screening, if indicated (Extract No. 22082019 from Meeting No. 08-19 of the Ethics Committee of Almazov Centre on August 12, 2019). 


On the 5th of March 2019, Alberico L. Catapano, Professor of Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, Director of the Centre of Epidemiology and Preventive Pharmacology of the University of Milan, Past President of the European Atherosclerosis Society, was awarded a Visiting Professor title for his contribution to the promotion of international collaboration.

On the 5th of February 2020, the first online telemedicine consultation was held with an international expert Professor Alberico L. Catapano, to analyze the most complex clinical cases in the field of severe lipid disorders. Representatives from the following federal districts took part in the telemedicine consultation:

  • Volga federal district

  • North Caucasian Federal District

  • Southern Federal District

Major publications


Asiyat Alieva, Head of the Laboratory