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International Society of Hypertension

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Our Officers & Committees

The society is comprised of a range of committees. These are charged with various responsibilities, but ultimately with the same aim of ensuring that it continues to grow and strengthen as the world's premiere blood pressure society, whilst ensuring that youth and developing countries are reflected where possible.

Professor Rhian Touyz (BHF Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, UK) commenced her ISH presidency on 15th June during the Hypertension Athens (Joint ESH-ISH) 2014 scientific meeting. Information on the revised committees for 2014-2016 will follow shortly.

Executive of Council

  • Rhian Touyz/Secretary & Forum Officer

    Rhian Touyz President

    UK

    I am the British Heart Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, based in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

    I am a clinician-scientist investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of hypertension. I am committed to hypertension through clinical and basic research, clinical service, teaching, mentoring and leadership and to establishing international networks for trainees and new investigators in hypertension research.

  • Louise Burrell/Treasurer

    Louise Burrell Treasurer and Corporate Liaison Officer

    Australia

    My research interests include the pathophysiology of hypertension, with particular regard to the renin angiotensin system; diabetic heart disease and the role of echocardiography; and novel biomarkers in coronary artery disease.

  • Masatsugu Horiuchi

    Masatsugu Horiuchi Secretary

    Japan

    I am carrying basic and pharmacological research in hypertension as a research-clinician-scientist. My main research interests include the roles of renin-angiotensin system in blood pressure regulation, vascular biology and brain function with particular regard to cognitive function.

  • Neil Poulter/Members

    Neil Poulter Chair, Communications Committee

    UK

    My main areas of interest in relation to blood pressure are investigating evaluating the optimisation of blood pressure measurement and control and to ensure maximal prevention of cardiovascular diseases in hypertensive patients from all the major ethnic groups.

  • Dorairaj Prabhakaran/Ex-Officio ñ International Development

    Dorairaj Prabhakaran Ex-Officio - International Development

    India

    I am a cardiologist and epidemiologist and currently the Executive Director of Initiative for Cardiovascular Health in Developing Countries (ICHEALTH) and Director Centre of Excellence ñ Centre for Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asiaî (strategic grant funded by the National Institutes of Health and United Health group) at the Public Health Foundation of India.

  • Agustin Ramirez /Ex-Officio ñ International Development

    Agustin Ramirez Vice President

    Argentina

    Areas related to hypertension: Renal Sodium Handling, Autonomic Nervous System and Blood Pressure Control, metabolic Syndrome and Hypertension.

  • Ernesto Schiffrin / Immediate Past President

    Ernesto Schiffrin Immediate Past President

    Canada

    I carry out basic and clinical mechanistic and therapeutic research in high blood pressure, teaching and clinical practice in cardiovascular and internal medicine, and editorial activity in hypertension. I also head a department of medicine in a university hospital.

  • Alta Schutte / New Investigators Liaison Officer

    Alta Schutte Chair, Membership Committee and New Investigators Liaison Officer

    South Africa

    As the Research Chair in Chronic Diseases in South Africa, my research spans clinical and epidemiological population studies focusing on the development of hypertension in African communities. By using longitudinal transdisciplinary research programmes I aim to identify novel markers and/or bio-signatures as early predictors of vascular dysfunction in an attempt to contribute to the prevention of hypertension.

  • Ji-Guang Wang/Members

    Ji-Guang Wang Global Outreach and Promotion Officer

    China

    My research interests in the field of human hypertension include population-based epidemiological studies, randomized clinical trials, structure and function of the vascular system, and pathophysiological studies on the basis of biological markers such as genetic polymorphisms.

  • Michael Weber/Chair

    Michael Weber Officer at Large, Global Initiatives

    U.S.A.

    I am involved in the contemporary practice of preventative cardiology, with a focus on hypertension. I am currently the editor of the Journal of Clinical Hypertension and so have an excellent opportunity to be aware of new developments and controversies in the field.

    I have a major interest in clinical trials in patients with hypertension or at high cardiovascular risk, and am particularly interested in how current evidence based on this research -- much of which is inconclusive -- can be used to help define hypertension and guide clinical practice.

    I have also been involved in the development of new drugs for treating hypertension and in understanding how they can be used to the greatest clinical advantage in our patients.

Members of the Scientific Council

  • Guido Grassi/Members

    Guido Grassi

    Italy

    Areas of interest:

    • Pathophysiology of hypertension, with particular emphasis on the role of the Sympathetic Nervous System
    • Assessment of target organ damage
    • Blood pressure control
    • Guidelines on hypertension diagnosis and management
  • Hermann Haller/Members

    Hermann Haller

    Germany

    Main interests in clinical research:

    • diagnostics and treatment of renovascular hypertension
    • hypertension and the vasculature in diabetes
    • hypertension in organ transplantation
    • novel therapeutic devices such as carotid sinus stimulation and renal sympathetic nerve ablation Main interests in basic science
    • the biology of the vascular wall and endothelial function
    • endothelial cell permeability
    • cell adhesion and inflammation
    • stem cell precursors of the endothelium
  • Cheol-Ho-kim / Members

    Cheol-Ho Kim

    Korea

    I am the chief of the Geriatric Centre of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, working as the Chair of Scientific Affairs for the organizing committee of the ISH 2016 in Seoul, as the Director of Planning for the Korean Society of Hypertension and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension. My main interest is hypertension especially in the elderly and related clinical studies.

  • Basden Onwubere/Members

    Basden Onwubere

    Nigeria

    My area of interest in High Blood Pressure is in prevention and control. I am also interested in the effect of uncontrolled high blood pressure on the heart.

  • Markus Schlaich

    Australia

  • Naftali Stern/Members

    Naftali Stern

    Israel

    Areas of interest and research include hormonal control of blood pressure and the vasculature with particular emphasis on the metabolic syndrome; role of sex hormones in arterial physiology; role of the lipoxygenase system in vascular cell signaling and growth, interaction between adipocytes and vascular cells.

  • Roland Schmieder/Members

    Roland Schmieder

    Germany

    I have extensive experience in the execution of clinical observational and international multicenter studies.

    My research interests include nephrology, hypertension, non-invasive cardiology and vascular medicine, with a focus on hypertensive damage to the heart, kidneys, arteries and retinal circulation and its treatment.

  • Maciej Tomaszewski/Members

    Maciej Tomaszewski

    UK

  • Richard Wainford

    USA

  • Kokubo Yoshihiro / Members

    Kokubo Yoshihiro

    Japan

    I am a chief doctor in the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Japan. My specialty is preventive medicine and epidemiology, especially related to hypertension and kidney dysfunction. I contribute to many international societies in variety of capacities and editorial board activities in the areas of hypertension, stroke, and preventive medicine.

Ex-Officio Members of the Scientific Council

  • Norm Campbell/WHL Representative

    Norm Campbell WHL Representative

    Canada

    My current main interest is healthy public policy to prevent and control hypertension and the evaluating the epidemiology of hypertension in response to population interventions to prevent and control hypertension.

  • Lewis Landsberg/Board of Management

    Lewis Landsberg Board of Management

    USA

    Areas of interest in relation to blood pressure:

    • Sympathetic nervous system
    • Obesity-related hypertension
    • The metabolic syndrome
  • Lars H. Lindholm/Hypertension News

    Lars H. Lindholm Hypertension News

    Sweden

    I have been President of the Swedish Society of Hypertension (1989-92), Secretary (the first) of the European Society of Hypertension, ESH (1989-97) , and President of the ISH (2006-8). Since 2009, I have been an honorary member of the British Society of Hypertension.

    My interest in hypertension and its risks started in the late 1970s and I defended my doctoral thesis on this topic in 1994. Since 1998, I am Professor and chairman at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden.

  • Trefor Morgan/APSH Representative

    Trefor Morgan APSH Representative

    Australia

    I am a Physiologist Clinician with experimental, and clinical involvement in Salt and water Metabolism and the renin angiotensin system. Trained as a nephrologist and cardiologist.

    Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension.

  • Josep Redon/ESH Representative

    Josep Redon ESH Representative

    Spain

    Current President of the European Society of Hypertension. Physician, Full Professor of Internal Medicine and Researcher in the field of cardiovascular risk, specialising in the study of mechanisms and development of hypertension-induced organ damage. The most relevant aspects of our research are the following:

    • The search for early markers of organic damage in essential hypertension
    • Introduction and validation of ambulatory measurement techniques during 24-hours of blood pressure
    • Epidemiological Studies
  • Alberto Zanchetti/Board of Management

    Alberto Zanchetti Board of Management

    Italy

    I am Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Milan and Scientific Director, Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Milan, Past-President of ISH, and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hypertension.

    My major scientific interests are neural control of the circulation and the kidney, and antihypertensive treatment.

Communications Committee

  • Neil Poulter/Members

    Neil Poulter Chair

    UK

    My main areas of interest in relation to blood pressure are investigating evaluating the optimisation of blood pressure measurement and control and to ensure maximal prevention of cardiovascular diseases in hypertensive patients from all the major ethnic groups.

  • Dylan Burger/Members

    Dylan Burger Member

    Canada

    My research focuses on the cellular mechanisms of oxidative stress, inflammation and vascular dysfunction in hypertension. I have a particular interest in the role of microparticles, tiny cellular fragments shed from stressed cells of the vasculature, in hypertension and vascular disease.

  • Lars H. Lindholm/Hypertension News

    Lars H. Lindholm Member

    Sweden

    I have been President of the Swedish Society of Hypertension (1989-92), Secretary (the first) of the European Society of Hypertension, ESH (1989-97) , and President of the ISH (2006-8). Since 2009, I have been an honorary member of the British Society of Hypertension.

    My interest in hypertension and its risks started in the late 1970s and I defended my doctoral thesis on this topic in 1994. Since 1998, I am Professor and chairman at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umeå University, Sweden.

New Investigator Committee

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  • Maciej Tomaszewski/Members

    Maciej Tomaszewski Chair

    UK

    My research interests focus primarily on genetics and genomics of cardiovascular disorders with a particular emphasis on essential hypertension and its complications.

    I am also interested in genetic and environmental background of sexual dimorphism in cardiovascular risk (why men develop and die of cardiovascular disorders more frequently than age-matched women).

  • Dylan Burger/Members

    Dylan Burger Member

    Canada

    My research focuses on the cellular mechanisms of oxidative stress, inflammation and vascular dysfunction in hypertension. I have a particular interest in the role of microparticles, tiny cellular fragments shed from stressed cells of the vasculature, in hypertension and vascular disease.

  • Fadi Charchar/Members

    Fadi Charchar Member

    Australia

    My research interests focus on genomics of cardiovascular disease in humans and animal models. I have a special interest in the contribution of the Y chromosome and microRNA to hypertension.

  • Alta Schutte / New Investigators Liaison Officer

    Alta Schutte New Investigator Committee Liaison Officer

    South Africa

    As the Research Chair in Chronic Diseases in South Africa, my research spans clinical and epidemiological population studies focusing on the development of hypertension in African communities. By using longitudinal transdisciplinary research programmes I aim to identify novel markers and/or bio-signatures as early predictors of vascular dysfunction in an attempt to contribute to the prevention of hypertension.

  • Praveen Veerabhadrappa/Members

    Praveen Veerabhadrappa Member

    U.S.A.

    My research is focused on the Blood Pressure-measurement/monitoring (ABPM) and the effects of lifestyle modification on endothelial cell function (FMD/IMT) and vascular inflammatory biomarkers in hypertensive subjects.

Past Presidents

  • IH Page USA 1966-1970
  • F Gross Germany 1970-1976
  • JIS Robertson UK 1976-1978
  • A Zanchetti Italy 1978-1980
  • JO Davis USA 1980-1982
  • AE Doyle Australia 1982-1984
  • L Hansson Sweden 1984-1986
  • JH Laragh USA 1986-1988
  • G Mancia Italy 1988-1990
  • PA van Zwieten The Netherlands 1990-1992
  • JP Chalmers Australia 1992-1994
  • K Arakawa Japan 1994-1996
  • JN Cohn USA 1996-1998
  • K-H Rahn Germany 1998-2000
  • A Mimran France 2000-2002
  • LJ Beilin Australia 2002-2004
  • MH Alderman USA 2004-2006
  • LH Lindholm Sweden 2006-2008
  • AM Heagerty UK 2008-2010
  • Stephen Harrap Australia 2010-2012
  • Ernesto Schiffrin Canada 2012-2014