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International Society of Hypertension

New Investigators Network

New Investigators Network
Mentorship Scheme

The ISH Mentorship Scheme is an exciting scheme designed to bring together New Investigators (students and hypertension researchers who are within 10 years of a doctoral degree) and more experienced investigators.

The Scheme is an initiative of the ISH New Investigator Committee (NIC) and the Programme is restricted to the ISH Community (Regular Members and Research Fellows).

New Investigators Network - Logo

The objectives of this programme are:

  1. to reach out to Early Career members of the ISH and help these young clinicians and scientists develop their professional careers;
  2. to promote the highest possible quality of science and practice in cardiovascular disease and hypertension throughout the world by enriching the scientific base of junior scientists and clinicians;
  3. to facilitate and increase international collaboration in basic and clinical research in cardiovascular disease;
  4. to introduce bright younger investigators to established labs;
  5. to enhance the educational, social and personal growth of new investigators through a supportive relationship with their mentor;
  6. to add value to membership of the ISH; and
  7. to increase the involvement of clinicians and scientists in the ISH.

Mentor / mentee matching

Each mentor will be assigned only one mentee at a time. The mentors and mentees will drive the duration of mentorship.

Re-launch of the Scheme

The scheme was re-launched during an event on Friday, 13th June on the rooftop of the Divani Caravel Hotel, overlooking Athens (at the time of the Hypertension Athens – Joint ISH-ESH Scientific Meeting).

New mentees and mentors (listed below) connected over wine and dinner.

For a list of the 2014 mentors & mentees, please click here

  • Athens - Symosia

    ISH NIC Members and Working Group members

  • Professor Rhian Touyz, ISH President & Dr Maciej Tomaszewski

    Left to right: Professor Rhian Touyz, ISH President & Dr Maciej Tomaszewski, Chair – ISH NIC

  • Fadi Charchar

    At the event Professor Fadi Charchar (Lead, ISH NIC Mentorship and Networking Working Group) stressed on the importance of collaboration between young scientists and the various opportunities that exist through the ISH New Investigator Committee (NIC).

    Professor Fadi Charchar said: 'The scheme provides a unique platform for young investigators to excel in their field of scientific work, make new friends, build research networks and establish collaborations that can last a lifetime.'


Once links are established via the ISH NIC, interactions can be electronic or in person or at the time of conferences (such as the ISH Biennial Scientific Meetings). Conference mentorships will offer possibilities for those new investigators presenting their work for the first time to shadow a senior person.

We ask the mentee and mentor to complete a survey after the match to help the ISH NIC determine how successful this has been.

We encourage the mentees:

  • To send an up-to-date curriculum vitae including publications to their assigned mentor
  • To research the mentor’s expertise in preparation
  • Not to forget to have fun! This is a great opportunity to learn from a friendly leader in the field of hypertension.

How to become involved

Established Investigators:

Please contact the ISH Secretariat to express your commitment in acting as a mentor and include the following:

  • A brief description of your research area (3-4 sentences)
  • Your contact information (your Lab, Department, University/Institute, e-mail and website addresses)
  • A photo of yourself (if possible) to be posted on the New Investigators Network webpages

New Investigators:

First have a look at a list of mentors who have kindly volunteered to contribute to the scheme. View the list here

Contact the ISH secretariat if you feel that we can help you to contact any of these mentors. If no mentors are suitable please see below.

Please send the ISH Secretariat:

  • A short piece about your research and yourself (3-4 sentences)
  • Your contact information
  • A photo of yourself (if possible) to be posted on the New Investigators Network webpages
  • When responding please identify whether you would like to make contact with an ISH Mentor who is an expert in your field, simply to build networks or obtain useful advice and possible collaboration.

Click here to view a useful recommended publication on mentorship.

If you are not yet an ISH member (Regular Member or Research Fellow), but would like to become involved with this scheme, please click here for further information on how to join the Society.

Alternatively, please contact the ISH Secretariat from our contact page