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Women in Hypertension Research Committee

  • Rhian Touyz/Secretary & Forum Officer

    Rhian Touyz Chair



    I am the British Heart Foundation Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine, based in the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

    I am a clinician-scientist investigating the molecular and cellular mechanisms of hypertension. I am committed to hypertension through clinical and basic research, clinical service, teaching, mentoring and leadership and to establishing international networks for trainees and new investigators in hypertension research.

  • Sofie Brouwers

    Sofie Brouwers Member



    As a clinician-scientist, I conduct therapeutic research along with my clinical work. My basic research activities focus on the pathophysiology of hypertension, with special interest for the role of the renin angiotensin system and the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of blood pressure.

  • Louise Burrell - Awards Committee

    Louise Burrell Member



    My research interests include the pathophysiology of hypertension, with particular regard to the renin angiotensin system; diabetic heart disease and the role of echocardiography; and novel biomarkers in coronary artery disease.

  • Fadi Charchar/Members

    Fadi Charchar Member



    My research interests focus on genomics of cardiovascular disease in humans and animal models. I have a special interest in the contribution of the Y chromosome and microRNA to hypertension.

  • Nadia Khan

    Nadia Khan Member



    I am a clinician scientist in epidemiology and health services research. My research area is focused on ethnic and sex differences in hypertension and cardiovascular disease chronic disease management.

  • Alta Schutte / New Investigators Liaison Officer

    Alta Schutte Member

    South Africa


    As the Research Chair in Chronic Diseases in South Africa, my research spans clinical and epidemiological population studies focusing on the development of hypertension in African communities. By using longitudinal transdisciplinary research programmes I aim to identify novel markers and/or bio-signatures as early predictors of vascular dysfunction in an attempt to contribute to the prevention of hypertension.

  • Ulrike Steckelings - Women in hypertension Research Committee

    Ulrike Steckelings Member



    My research interests lie in the protective arm of the renin angiotensin system, in particular the angiotensin AT2-receptor and the receptor MAS, spanning from the basic biology of these receptors over pre-clinical studies to test their therapeutic efficacy in cardiovascular (e.g. heart failure, hypertensive and diabetic end organ damage, stroke) and other diseases to the involvement in the development of AT2-recepor agonists for future clinical use.

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