The Foundation was established from the former Florida Lipid Foundation, whose founder, Paul Ziajka, MD, created a Florida entity to serve the needs of the community of lipidologists. The National Lipid Association was interested in forming a national entity to address the issues broadly and approached the Florida Lipid Foundation to rename and broaden its scope of activities. The new board formed in December 2008 as the Foundation of the National Lipid Association and is the charitable counterpart to the National Lipid Association.