The 2nd ISH New Investigators’ Symposium - for new investigators by new investigators, took place on 29th September 2012, at the historic University of Sydney campus as a satellite meeting of ISH.
The theme for this year’s symposium was ‘leading the change’ to promote a cooperative effort of innovation and international leadership in the field of hypertension amongst new investigators. The New Investigator Committee (NIC) along with the other new investigators of ISH were involved in the planning, organization and execution of this symposium; with outstanding support from the ISH President (Stephen Harrap) and Officer at Large (Bo Carlberg).
Began almost a year ago, through the joint effort of the NIC, Secretariat and Stephen Harrap. Regular monthly teleconference meetings, countless email messages and widespread coverage of the event on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms were part of the planning process. Details regarding abstract submissions were sent to all ISH affiliated hypertension societies in advance so that they could inform their younger members of the meeting. Each abstract was graded by ISH New Investigators and then allocated an oral or poster presentation. Delegates representing over a dozen countries registered for the symposium.
The opening remarks were given by Fadi Charchar; the chair of the Symposium and a member of ISH NIC. Four oral sessions were jointly moderated by NIC members and other New Investigators who attended the conference. The scientific level of all presentations was exceptional – the programme covered a wide range of topics from molecular biology and genetics to the newest trends of hypertension management. The discussion following each presentation was very stimulating. Posters were viewed during lunch and tea breaks. Scoring of each oral and poster presentations was based on abstract grades as well as voting by the NIC and the attendees.
NIC members, Praveen Veerabhadrappa and Dylan Burger, gave a special talk on the wonderful opportunities available to new investigators through the ISH New Investigator Network. Current NIC/ISH initiatives were highlighted such as, the spotlight (new investigator of the month) feature, mentorship scheme, ‘Explore’ (new investigator’s newsletter) and social media platforms used to interact with new investigators such as Facebook and Twitter.
The NIC and the attendees were thrilled to welcome Dr Stuart Spencer, Associate Editor of The Lancet, who had kindly agreed to give a special guest lecture on ‘How to write a research paper and get it published in a good quality medical journal’. Dr Spencer’s illuminating lecture on manuscript preparation, submission, review and publication process was enthusiastically received by all early career scientists. Dr Spencer stressed upon the importance of simplicity, clarity and brevity in writing.
Dr. Stuart Spencer
After the closing remarks given by Bo Carlberg, the oral and poster award winners were presented by Dr Spencer. Concluding with a social event at a local restaurant participants were given a further opportunity to network and socialize. Many new scientific collaborations were formed at this meeting. This was an extremely memorable session hosted by the NIC/ISH for the future generation of hypertension leaders.
NIC would also like to extend special thanks to the ISH new investigators who graded abstracts, attended and presented during the meeting, as well as the ISH conference managers, Helen Horsfield, Joanna Prendergast and Josephine Cass for their outstanding support during the last 2 years. NIC received many encouraging comments from both new investigators and senior ISH members to continue organizing such thought provoking events. The NIC pledges to continue its dedicated effort.