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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.

Scientific Council

The Council is responsible for furthering the aspirations and activities of the ISH, ensuring its efficient running and controlling its property and funds. ISH Scientific Council members are also Trustees of the Charity.

The Executive of the Council (Executive Committee) takes a critical role in helping the Council set policies and goals for the Society, and is delegated to act for the Council in the day-to-day activities of the Society, such as providing direction to the ISH Secretariat, of making the necessary arrangements for the next ISH Biennial Scientific and General Meetings and other scientific activities, of overseeing the work of all committees and working parties, and for giving final consideration for all nominations for membership.

Executive of Council

  • Rhian Touyz/Secretary & Forum Officer

    Rhian Touyz President

    UK

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    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

    more

    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

    more

    I am carrying out 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

    more

    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

    more

    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, Centre for Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (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

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    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

    more

    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

    more

    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

    more

    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.

    more

    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 - Scientific Council

    Guido Grassi

    Italy

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    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 - Scientific Council

    Hermann Haller

    Germany

    more

    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 - Scientific Council

    Cheol-Ho Kim

    Korea

    more

    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.

  • Yoshihiro Kokubo - Scientific Council

    Yoshihiro Kokubo

    Japan

    more

    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.

  • Basden Onwubere - Scientific Council

    Basden Onwubere

    Nigeria

    more

    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 - Scientific Council

    Markus Schlaich

    Australia

    more

    I am the Dobney Chair in Clinical Research at the University of Western Australia, based at the Royal Perth Hospital. As a clinician-scientist and renal physician I have specific interest in hypertension associated with chronic kidney disease and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in this scenario. My major aim is to translate evidence from mechanistic studies into clinical practice to improve outcomes for patients with hypertension and associated co-morbidities.

  • Naftali Stern - Scientific Council

    Naftali Stern

    Israel

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    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 - Scientific Council

    Roland Schmieder

    Germany

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    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 - Scientific Council

    Maciej Tomaszewski

    UK

    more

    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).

  • Richard Wainford - Scientific Council

    Richard Wainford

    USA

    more

    My research interests are focused on understanding the pathophysiology of hypertension, with particular regard to central neural control of the kidney and the implications of this for long-term blood pressure regulation. As such my research is focused on the areas of: Renal Sodium Handling, Neural Control of Blood Pressure, Salt-Sensitive Hypertension.

Ex-Officio Members of the Scientific Council

  • Daniel Lackland/WHL Representative

    Daniel Lackland WHL Representative

    USA

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    I am the Director of Translational Neuroscience and Population Studies with a focus on implementation science and precision medicine. I continue to serve on clinical practice guidelines panels with research interest involving the population risk assessment of cardiovascular disease, stroke and hypertension. As current President of the World Hypertension League, I have directed effort and focus to the global implementation of prevention and control strategies for high risk populations throughout the world.

  • Lewis Landsberg/Board of Management

    Lewis Landsberg Board of Management

    USA

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    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

    more

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

Awards Committee

The Society offers a number of awards and prizes at each Biennial Scientific Meeting to support basic, clinical and scientific research work into the causes, treatment and prevention of hypertension and associated cardiovascular diseases. A list of the current ISH awards and prizes, and past winners, can be viewed on the ISH website.

The Awards Committee reports to the Executive Committee and is responsible for (1) soliciting nominations for the awards from ISH members; (2) making recommendations and assist with the selection of awards to individuals, groups or institutions honoured by the Society and with the selection of Distinguished and Honorary Members and (3) assessing applications equally on their merits and eligibility.

  • Ernesto Schiffrin - Chair, Awards Committee

    Ernesto Schiffrin Chair

    Canada

    more

    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.

  • Louise Burrell - Awards Committee

    Louise Burrell Member

    Australia

    more

    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 - Awards Committee

    Masatsugu Horiuchi Member

    Japan

    more

    I am carrying out 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.

  • Agustin Ramirez - Awards Committee

    Agustin Ramirez Member

    Argentina

    more

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

  • Alta Schutte - Awards Committee

    Alta Schutte Member

    South Africa

    more

    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.

  • Rhian Touyz - Awards Committee

    Rhian Touyz Member

    UK

    more

    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.

  • Ji-Guang Wang - Awards Committee

    Ji-Guang Wang Member

    China

    more

    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.

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee has responsibility for the production of the Society newsletter, the monthly e-Bulletin, all Society print and promotional material and the development and maintenance of the website at an editorial level. This Committee must ensure the correct use of the Society logos and provide direction for social media activities and other new methods of communication with members. The Communications Committee reports to, and advises, the Executive Committee on the communications strategy for the Society.

  • Neil Poulter/Members

    Neil Poulter Chair

    UK

    more

    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

    more

    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.

  • Thomas Kahan/Members

    Thomas Kahan Member

    Sweden

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    I am professor of medicine at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm and serve as a senior consultant in cardiology at Danderyd University Hospital, Stockholm, where I am head of the Unit for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment. My main research areas are neurohormonal mechanisms in the control of blood pressure and cardiac function, with a focus on structural myocardial and vascular changes, and neuroendocrine mechanisms in heart failure. Other areas of interest are cardiovascular risk assessment and prevention.

  • Lars H. Lindholm/Hypertension News

    Lars H. Lindholm Member

    Sweden

    more

    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.

Corporate Liaison Committee

The Corporate Liaison Committee reports to the Executive Committee and is charged with maintaining constructive relations with the corporate sector. Industry supporters can include pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers and organisations with an interest in hypertension and cardiovascular research. For example, these could include representatives of the food industry or companies producing tele-medical devices (used for remote care and collection of data in remote locations in both developed and less developed countries).

  • Louise Burrell/Chair

    Louise Burrell Chair

    Australia

    more

    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.

  • Sofie Brouwers

    Sofie Brouwers Member

    Belgium

    more

    As a clinician-scientist, I conduct therapeutic research along with my clinical work. My basic research activities focus on the pathophysiology of hypertension, with special interest for the role of the renin angiotensin system and the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of blood pressure.

  • Cheol-Ho-kim / Members

    Cheol-Ho Kim Member

    Korea

    more

    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.

  • Yoshihiro Kokubo - Chair, ISH International Forum

    Yoshihiro Kokubo Member

    Japan

    more

    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.

  • Jeong Bae Park - ISH International Forum

    Jeong Bae Park Member

    Korea

    more

    Areas of interest:

    • Structure and functionin small and large artery in experimental and human hypertension
    • Clinical trials
  • Neil Poulter/Members

    Neil Poulter Member

    UK

    more

    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.

  • Ernesto Schiffrin / Immediate Past President

    Ernesto Schiffrin Member

    Canada

    more

    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.

  • Markus Schlaich - Scientific Council

    Markus Schlaich Member

    Australia

    more

    I am the Dobney Chair in Clinical Research at the University of Western Australia, based at the Royal Perth Hospital. As a clinician-scientist and renal physician I have specific interest in hypertension associated with chronic kidney disease and the role of the sympathetic nervous system in this scenario. My major aim is to translate evidence from mechanistic studies into clinical practice to improve outcomes for patients with hypertension and associated co-morbidities.

  • Alta Schutte - Chair, Membership Committee

    Alta Schutte Member

    South Africa

    more

    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.

  • Maciej Tomaszewski - Membership Committee

    Maciej Tomaszewski Member

    UK

    more

    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).

  • Michael Weber/Members

    Michael Weber Member

    U.S.A.

    more

    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.

ISH International Forum

The International Forum of the ISH embodies and nurtures the global nature of the ISH and was first established in 1992. It is a consultative forum, the mandate of which is to establish effective liaison between the ISH and National and Regional Societies of Hypertension or Councils of High Blood Pressure Research (known as Affiliated Societies). It also provides a unique infrastructure and platform for networking and “cross-talk” between Societies. Presidents of ISH Affiliated Societies, or their representaties, are invited to attend a Society meeting at the time of the ISH Biennial Scientific Meetings. ISH International Forum Officers report to the Executive Committee of the Society.

View a list of ISH Affiliated Societies.

  • Ernesto Schiffrin / Immediate Past President

    Ernesto Schiffrin Chair

    Canada

    more

    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.

  • Yoshihiro Kokubo - Chair, ISH International Forum

    Yoshihiro Kokubo Officer

    Japan

    more

    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.

  • Jeong Bae Park - ISH International Forum

    Jeong Bae Park Officer

    Korea

    more

    Areas of interest:

    • Structure and functionin small and large artery in experimental and human hypertension
    • Clinical trials

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee advises the Council on the election of members or fellows from all categories of membership (Professional Member, Emerging Leader, Research Fellow and Emeritus Member) and on the exemption from fees for Professional Members from countries with economic hardship.

  • Alta Schutte - Chair, Membership Committee

    Alta Schutte Chair

    South Africa

    more

    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.

  • Louise Burrell - Membership Committee

    Louise Burrell Member

    Australia

    more

    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.

  • Hermann Haller - Membership Committee

    Hermann Haller Member

    Germany

    more

    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
  • Masatsugu Horiuchi - Membership Committee

    Masatsugu Horiuchi Secretary

    Japan

    more

    I am carrying out 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.

  • Cheol-Ho-kim - Membership Committee

    Cheol-Ho Kim Member

    Korea

    more

    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.

  • Dorairaj Prabhakaran - Membership Committee

    Dorairaj Prabhakaran Member

    India

    more

    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, Centre for Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (strategic grant funded by the National Institutes of Health and United Health group) at the Public Health Foundation of India.

  • Agustin Ramirez - Membership Committee

    Agustin Ramirez Member

    Argentina

    more

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

  • Maciej Tomaszewski - Membership Committee

    Maciej Tomaszewski Member

    UK

    more

    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).

  • Richard Wainford - Membership Committee

    Richard Wainford Member

    USA

    more

    My research interests are focused on understanding the pathophysiology of hypertension, with particular regard to central neural control of the kidney and the implications of this for long-term blood pressure regulation. As such my research is focused on the areas of: Renal Sodium Handling, Neural Control of Blood Pressure, Salt-Sensitive Hypertension.

  • Ji-Guang Wang - Membership Committee

    Ji-Guang Wang Member

    China

    more

    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.

  • Praveen Veerabhadrappa - Membership Committee

    Praveen Veerabhadrappa Member

    U.S.A.

    more

    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.

New Investigator Committee

The New Investigator Committee (NIC) is charged with encouraging and supporting initiatives to attract and retain younger members of the ISH and reports to the Executive Committee of the Society.

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The ISH New Investigator Network (ISHNIN) serves as a platform for interaction between students and new investigators and allows new avenues for communication, collaboration and education. The network provides opportunities for all new scientists within the ISH to interact and build relationships, as well as to gain experience and exposure within the Society as they start their scientific careers. The network is run by the committee and mains a presence on the ISH website and social media platforms including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Numerous initiatives are aimed at fostering relationships between researchers across the globe. The NIC reports to the Executive Committee of the Society who oversees the activities of this group.

Three NIC Working Groups have been established to strengthen and further develop network activities and ensure regional representation where possible. Each group is led by an NIC committee member. Groups are as follows: (1) Media (2) Networking and Mentorship and (3) Recruitment.

Go to the ISH New Investigator Network.

Click here to view a list of the New Investigator Committee Working Groups

  • Maciej Tomaszewski/Members

    Maciej Tomaszewski Chair

    UK

    more

    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

    more

    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

    more

    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

    more

    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.

    more

    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

Regional Advisory Groups (RAGs)

The purpose of the Regional Advisory Groups (RAGs) is to provide comprehensive Society representation globally, to distil regional issues and encourage and enhance education and biomedical research in the fields of hypertension and associated cardiovascular dieases.

ISH has created RAGs for (1) Africa (2) Asia and Australasia (3) Central and South America (4) Eastern Europe and Middle East (5) Western Europe and North America. Each RAG reports to the Executive Committee of the Society.

Africa RAG

  • Basden Onwubere - Scientific Council

    Basden Onwubere Chair

    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.

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  • Albertino Damasceno /Member

    Albertino Damasceno Member

    Mozambique

    more

    Areas of interest:

    • Epidemiology of Hypertension and risk factors
    • Stroke
    • Salt and Hypertension
    • 24 H monitoring of the Blood Pressure
  • Ambrose Isah /Member

    Ambrose Isah Member

    Nigeria

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    I am a Clinical Pharmacologist and Consultant Physician at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. I am the Chairman of the National Drug Safety Advisory Committee in Nigeria as well as the National Essential Medicines List Committee. My areas of interest in the field of hypertension include the following: participatory management of hypertension (with active patient involvement), lifestyle modification and therapy, clinical trials, pharmacovigilance of (notably adverse reactions to) antihypertensive medicines and the development and use of guidelines (for diagnosis and management of hypertension).

  • Jean-Rene M'Buyamba-Kabungu/Members

    Jean-René M 'Buyamba-Kabungu Member

    D.R. Congo

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  • Solomon Kadiri/Members

    Solomon Kadiri Member

    Nigeria

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    I am a nephrologist with interest in hypertension. My areas of interest are hypertension and the kidney, especially the effects of hypertension on the kidney, and the epidemiology of hypertension. I have also participated in the writing of guidelines for the management of hypertension.

  • Ruan Kruger/Members

    Ruan Kruger Member

    South Africa

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    I am a basic scientist with special interest in clinical and epidemiological population studies focusing on ethnic phenotyping of cardiovascular pathophysiology related to hypertension, arterial stiffness and cardiac impairment (echocardiography). My research particularly includes novel biomarkers and early predictors of cardiovascular disease aiming to contribute to the prevention of early incidence in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Ikechi Okpechi/Members

    Ikechi Okpechi Member

    South Africa

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    I am a nephrologist in Cape Town and an educational ambassador for the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) in Africa. My areas of interest in research include glomerulonephritis in Africans and blood pressure treatment and control in black Africans.

  • Brian Rayner/Members

    Brian Rayner Member

    South Africa

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    My research interests are therapy of hypertension, mutations in the ENaC, genetic determinants of salt sensitivity, HIVAN, vascular calcification and chronic kidney disease, primary aldosteronism, assessing adherence in hypertensive patients, ethics of rationing dialysis therapy, AKI and genetics of severe hypertension in blacks. I have a major interest in hypertension guidelines, and together with Professor Seedat wrote the 2011 South African Hypertension Guideline.

  • Alta Schutte / New Investigators Liaison Officer

    Alta Schutte New Investigators Liaison Officer

    South Africa

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    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.

Asia & Australasia RAG

  • Trefor Morgan /Chair

    Trefor Morgan Chair

    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.

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  • Fadi Charchar/Member

    Fadi Charchar Member

    Australia

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    I am the Robert HT Smith Chair in Cardiovascular Genomics at Federation University Australia. My research interests focus on the two-way interaction between genes and the environment on cardiovascular disease. In particular the role in non-coding-RNA in hypertension.

  • Masatsugu Horiuchi - Membership Committee

    Masatsugu Horiuchi Member

    Japan

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    I am carrying out 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.

  • Muhammad Ishaq /Chair

    Muhammad Ishaq Member

    Pakistan

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    Areas of interest: Epidemiology, public education & management of Hypertension.

  • Tazeen Jafar /Member

    Tazeen Jafar Member

    Singapore

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  • Cheol-Ho-kim / Members

    Cheol-Ho Kim Member

    Korea

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    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.

  • Neil Poulter/Members

    Neil Poulter Member

    UK

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    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/Members

    Dorairaj Prabhakaran Member

    India

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    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, Centre for Cardio-metabolic Risk Reduction in South Asia (strategic grant funded by the National Institutes of Health and United Health group) at the Public Health Foundation of India.

  • Ji-Guang Wang/Members

    Ji-Guang Wang Member

    China

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    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.

Central & South America RAG

  • Ernesto Schiffrin/Chair

    Ernesto Schiffrin Chair

    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.

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  • Kennedy Cruickshank/Member

    Kennedy Cruickshank Member

    UK

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  • Carlos Ferrario/Members

    Carlos Ferrario Member

    U.S.A

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    My research career spans multiple important contributions dealing with exploring the biochemical and physiological mechanisms regulating the expression of renin angiotensin system components, the characterization of angiotensin-(1-7) as an endogenous antagonist of the actions of angiotensin II, and the demonstration of the regulatory influence of angiotensin II in the expression of angiotensin converting enzyme 2.

  • Rafael Hern‡ndez-Hern‡ndez/Members

    Rafael Hernandez-Hernandez Member

    Venezuela

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    Main concerns in hypertension: Clinical Pharmacology of drugs used for the treatment of hypertension; changes in platelet aggregation induced by antihypertensive drugs and variability during circadian rhythm.

    Also study of the epidemiology of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors in Latin America countries.

  • Frida Plavnik/Members

    Frida Plavnik Member

    Brazil

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    My areas of interest in hypertension are detection and prevention of cardiovascular diseases, improvement of blood pressure control and specific areas of research are endothelial dysfunction and biological markers of hypertension. I am also interested in populational studies and clinical trials with new drugs.

  • Agustin Ramirez/Members

    Agustin Ramirez Member

    Argentina

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

  • Cesar Romero/Members

    Cesar Romero Member

    USA

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    My main areas of interest are mechanisms of hypertension and target organ damage, thus as a basic researcher I am interested in renal hemodynamics, renal salt handling and inflammation. As a clinician I have been studying special populations with hypertension such as young people, HIV patients and patient with resistant hypertension.

Eastern Europe & Middle East RAG

  • Naftali Stern/Members

    Peter Nilsson Chair

    Sweden

    My main area of expertise is cardiovascular and metabolic risk mechanisms. This is especially relevant for studies related to the Early Vascular Aging (EVA) syndrome – a cardiovascular risk syndrome based mainly on the combination of increased arterial stiffness (pulse wave velocity), impaired glucose metabolism, telomere length shortening, and early signs of atherosclerosis (intima media thickness in art. carotis). Another field of interest is the gene-environment interactions behind the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes, but also the study of patients with type 1 diabetes of long duration but escaping major complications (PROLONG study).

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  • Mustafa Arici/Members

    Mustafa Arici Member

    Turkey

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    My main areas of interest in hypertension are epidemiology of hypertension, salt and blood pressure control, renin-angiotensin system and blood pressure and hypertension and renal protection.

  • Adel Berbari/Members

    Adel Berbari Member

    Lebanon

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    1- Relation between renal function and hypertension

    2- Evaluation and effects of arterial stiffness on renal function

    3- Cardiorenal association The effect of the blockade of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system in particular

  • Irina Chazova Member

    Russia

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  • Hermann Haller/Members

    Hermann Haller Member

    Germany

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    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
  • Fady Hannah-Shmouni/Members

    Fady Hannah-Shmouni Member

    USA

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    I am a clinical fellow in endocrinology and genetics at the National Institutes of Health, USA. My research interests are in adrenal and pituitary disorders due to genetic defects and late-onset inborn errors of metabolism. I joined the ISH New Investigator Committee in 2012 and currently lead the ISH Spotlight initiative.

  • Alexandra Konradi/Members

    Alexandra Konradi Member

    Russsia

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    I am chief of the Hypertension Department of the Almazov Research Medical Center in St.Petersburg, an ESH centre of excellence. My main areas of interest are resistant hypertension and renovascular hypertension, epidemiology, genetics and epigenetic of hypertension. I work a lot in autonomic regulation and ABPM in hypertension, I am also leading the sleep laboratory and OSA in hypertension and metabolic syndrome. I was the President of the Russian Antihypertensive League 2009-2011, have been an ESC Fellow since 2014 and an ISH and ESH member since 2000.

  • Dragan Lovic/Members

    Dragan Lovic Member

    Serbia

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    Areas of interest in a field of Hypertension: Obesity , ABPM , pathophisiology of Hypertension and arrithmias.

  • Yuriy Sirenko/Members

    Yuriy Sirenko Member

    Ukraine

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    My main areas of interest are secondary hypertensions, resistant hypertension, arterial wall properties in patients with hypertension and cardiovascular risk and central blood pressure evaluation. I am a head of arterial hypertension department in National Institute of Cardiology and also I am a Head of Ukrainian Antihypertensive Society.

  • Ivan Starostin Member

    Russia

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  • Naftali Stern/Members

    Naftali Stern Member

    Israel

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    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.

Western Europe & North America RAG

  • Michael Weber/Chair

    Michael Weber Chair

    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.

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  • Sofi Brouwers/Members

    Sofie Brouwers Member

    Belgium

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    As a clinician-scientist, I conduct therapeutic research along with my clinical work. My basic research activities focus on the pathophysiology of hypertension, with special interest for the role of the renin angiotensin system and the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of blood pressure.

  • Evi Christofidou/Members

    Evi Christofidou Member

    Cyprus

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  • Guido Grassi/Members

    Guido Grassi Member

    Italy

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    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
  • Roland Schmieder/Members

    Roland Schmieder Member

    Germany

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    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 - Member

    Maciej Tomaszewski Member

    UK

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    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).

Women in Hypertension Research Committee

  • Rhian Touyz/Secretary & Forum Officer

    Rhian Touyz Chair

    UK

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    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.

  • Sofie Brouwers

    Sofie Brouwers Member

    Belgium

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    As a clinician-scientist, I conduct therapeutic research along with my clinical work. My basic research activities focus on the pathophysiology of hypertension, with special interest for the role of the renin angiotensin system and the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of blood pressure.

  • Louise Burrell - Awards Committee

    Louise Burrell Member

    Australia

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    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.

  • Fadi Charchar/Members

    Fadi Charchar Member

    Australia

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    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 Member

    South Africa

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    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.

  • Ulrike Steckelings - Women in hypertension Research Committee

    Ulrike Steckelings Member

    Denmark

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    My research interests lie in the protective arm of the renin angiotensin system, in particular the angiotensin AT2-receptor and the receptor MAS, spanning from the basic biology of these receptors over pre-clinical studies to test their therapeutic efficacy in cardiovascular (e.g. heart failure, hypertensive and diabetic end organ damage, stroke) and other diseases to the involvement in the development of AT2-recepor agonists for future clinical use.

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