XVI Latin America Congress and V Central and Caribbean Congress of Hypertension and Cardiovascular Risk Factors
The Joint Congress of the Latin American Society of Hypertension (LASH) and the Central American and Caribbean Society of Hypertension (SCCH) took place from 24-27th October 2018 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This was indeed an exciting meeting with an excellent faculty of renowned hypertension specialists. More importantly, this was the first time the LASH-SCCH introduced a young investigators session in their programme.
At the opening ceremony, Antonio Coca (Spain) received the Alberto Zanchetti Conference Award and presented his lecture on “Arterial hypertension and cognitive disorders”. Salim Yusuf (Canada) received the Ariel Reyes Conference Award/Doctor Honoris Causa University of Caldas.
The scientific programme was made up of various excellent talks and symposia, with the highlight being poster and oral sessions dedicated to young upcoming researchers. The judging panel for these sessions included Ruan Kruger (South Africa), Fadi Charchar (Australia), Margarita Diaz (Uruguay), Osiris Valdez (Dominican Republic), Fernando Pinto (Portugal) and the session Chair, Carlos Ponte (Venezuela).
Young investigators made a total of fourteen e-poster presentations and the six best presenters gave their oral presentations in a separate session (two presenters per category: basic science, epidemiology and clinical science). The International Society of Hypertension’s (ISH) New Investigator Committee (NIC) awarded the three best presentations.
This conference in Cartagena attracted 1,180 delegates and included a good number of young researchers as participants and attendees. The NIC was proud to part of this first ever, young investigator session at the Joint LASH-SCCH Congress, and hope to see many more take place in the future.
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Ruan Kruger (South Africa) - pictured below,
Chair, ISH New Investigator Committee (NIC)
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