International Society of Hypertension

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Established in 1966, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) is committed to promoting and encouraging the advancement of scientific research and knowledge and its application to the prevention and management of heart disease and stroke in hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases around the world.

The Society was registered as a charity in England and Wales in December 2007.

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From the ISH President

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major and growing public health problem. This ‘silent killer’ is firmly established in developed countries and is advancing rapidly into emerging economies, such as India, China, Africa and Latin America.

The ISH is the world’s premier Society dedicated to research into the causes of hypertension and the best treatment for raised blood pressure. The ISH recognises that to counter the hypertension epidemic it takes the brightest minds, the best research and effective education and implementation. This goal underpins the activities and strategic alliances of the ISH.

Our biennial ISH scientific meetings showcase the leading clinical, population and basic science research and provide a dynamic forum for the leaders and future leaders in the field to discuss challenges and forge collaborations that define the course of blood pressure research. The ISH supports and encourages new researchers. The establishment of the ISH research fellowship (membership) for Graduate Students is a marvellous initiative and future ISH Meetings (as per the Seoul 2016 Meeting) will dedicate specific sessions and new awards for our young stars. The ISH enjoys a number of strategic relationships of benefit to the Society as a whole and also to individual members.

Our partnerships include those with the World Hypertension League, The Journal of Hypertension, the International Society of Nephrology, the World Health Organisation and The Lancet. The ISH also cherishes its special relationships with the national societies and other organisations that represent blood pressure interests worldwide. These Societies constitute the ISH International Forum. This truly global network facilitates efforts to ensure that best practice is distilled and disseminated. A special focus is given by the ISH through its Regional Advisory Groups to teaching activities in economically disadvantaged countries in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. A new initiative will focus on ‘Women in Hypertension Research’ and will offer special networking and mentoring opportunities.

I invite you to become more involved in the activities of our society.

If you are not already a member of the ISH, why not join now?

Alta Schutte
ISH President 2018-2020

Revisions to the ISH Constitution were implemented in November 2015, and April 2019.
Separate policy documents now contain the specific rules and regulations governing relevant areas including membership, delegation by the Council of its functions to committees and awards and prizes
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