International Society of Hypertension

Basic Science: Dylan Burger

Beyond Basic Training: The role of an international society in discovery science

I am just a PhD Scientist. Early in my career I would often utter this phrase when asked if I was a clinician........Years ago a colleague suggested that statements like the above devalued discovery research and I stopped using it, but it has been my involvement in the ISH that has largely eliminated the need for a disclaimer at all.

I am just a PhD Scientist.

Early in my career I would often utter this phrase when asked if I was a clinician. I said this, not because I felt that my chosen career path was any less important than a clinical one, but as a disclaimer that I was not versed in clinical practice and terminologies. Years ago a colleague suggested that statements like the above devalued discovery research and I stopped using it, but it has been my involvement in the ISH that has largely eliminated the need for a disclaimer at all.

As a world organization, the ISH distinguishes itself from other national or regional hypertension societies in its commitment to the application of scientific knowledge globally. Inevitably, this commitment means that clinical and population-based work will be major research and teaching foci as they can most effectively ensure that best practice is distilled and disseminated globally.

On the surface then, the ISH might seem an odd choice for a basic scientist to call home. Indeed, many of my colleagues in fundamental research prioritize regional or national meetings in hypertension/ cardiovascular disease. Nevertheless, the ISH has provided the ideal platform for my career development.

 

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