The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) aspires towards the elimination of high blood pressure (hypertension) worldwide by supporting research, advancement of knowledge, education, and promoting awareness.
The overall mission of ISH is to promote and encourage the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases around the world.
The ISH is dedicated to scientific innovation and advances in medical care in the field of hypertension.
The ISH will endeavour to achieve this philanthropic mission through collaborations, scientific meetings, publications, outreach, and other activities that:
- Raise public awareness of the importance of early recognition and treatment of high blood pressure
- Support, reach out to, and facilitate networking between investigators, teachers, fellows, clinicians and students interested in hypertension and related diseases globally
- Share current knowledge and new discoveries - via the ISH website, the ISH Biennial Scientific Meetings, and various workshops and educational events
- Support research to achieve optimal care of people with hypertension
- Promote multidisciplinary collaborative research
- Encourage, promote and organise postgraduate training and international exchange of investigators, teachers, fellows and students
- Develop a consensus and guidelines on hypertension prevention and treatment
- Advocate patient rights and educate the public as well as medical professionals
- Serve and unite communities
- Provide education and training worldwide; and ultimately
- Reduce the frequency and impact of high blood pressure and its associated conditions
The ISH New Investigator Network (via the work of the New Investigator Committee) links the best and brightest from around the world and provides a means to interact with and support future generations of blood pressure experts.
Principles and Values
The International Society for Hypertension (ISH) is founded upon the guiding principles of integrity and diversity of all international societies and charitable organisations.
Commitment to Excellence
ISH values new knowledge and is committed to excellence in research, education, and patient care in the developed and developing world.
Respect for Expertise
ISH values expertise and the full range of skills and disciplines that are needed for the realisation of its objectives and mission.
Respect for Science
ISH recognises that good healthcare is based on evidence, and that the origins of evidence lie in responsible research and scientific method.
Commitment to Independence from Inappropriate Influence
ISH works for the public good and will not be influenced by commercial or other considerations that are contrary to the interests of people affected by hypertension.
Commitment to Integrity, Openness and Accountability
ISH believes in transparency and honesty, which will characterise all its activities and which are expected of its members and of those with whom it has dealing.
Importance of Membership
ISH recognises the importance of membership for the realisation of its objectives regardless of individuals' expertise level or nationality.
The International Society of Hypertension (ISH) is positively committed to opposing discrimination against people on the grounds of gender, race, colour, nationality, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, class, age, disability, having dependants, HIV status or perceived lifestyle.
ISH has a Council, whose members are also the Trustees of the Charity. Council members are responsible for furthering the aspirations and activities of the ISH, ensuring its efficient running and helping secure its continuity for the future. The Executive Committee is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Society, has a duty of supervising the affairs of the Society, 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. Standing committees exist to carry out specific activities and purposes of the Society. An organogram follows to detail the structure of the current Society, committee and working groups.
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The ISH is proud to have an active membership of over 1,000 from nearly 80 countries. The Society welcomes applications from trainees, junior and established scientists, clinicians, health care providers and allied health care workers, all with a common interest in hypertension research. Different membership categories are offered for those at varying stages of their careers. These include Professional Members, Emerging Leaders, Research Fellows and Emeritus Fellows. A key goal of the Society is to aid Research Fellows to progress through membership to Emerging Leaders and eventually to Professional Members.
Membership as a Research Fellow comes at no cost for 3 years and reduced membership fees are available for new applicants of the Society who are eligible for the Emerging Leaders membership category or are residents of countries included on the World Health Organisation’s list of HINARI developing countries.