November spotlight of the month
Pablo KempnyPosition: Staff physician of the Cardiology Division.Institution: Austral University Hospital. Buenos Aires, Argentina.Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: +54 9 1133999345
How did you become interested in research relating to Hypertension?
As a cardiologist I have always been interested in cardiovascular primary prevention programs, with a special focus on arterial hypertension. When I finished my fellowship in cardiology I had the opportunity to join the Austral University Hospital’s Arterial Hypertension department.
Describe your research & the program/lab (info of your supervisor) that you are in?
Currently my research focuses on autonomic dysfunction and its relationship with target organ damage. We evaluate subjects in primary prevention who attend the Cardio-metabolic Unit, in the department of cardiology of Austral University Hospital. Blood pressure and heart rate are recorded through home BP monitoring/ 7 consecutive days.
We defined an index of autonomic dysfunction (standard deviation of systolic BP/standard deviation of HR) and found a relationship with arterial stiffness and left ventricular mass index, with a trend toward with carotid plaques.
What do you consider to be your substantial scientific contribution so far (provide PubMed PMID if possible)?
Unfortunately I have not published a manuscript as a first author yet, but I am working on it!
- Lack of RAAS inhibition by high-salt intake is associated with arterial stiffness in hypertensive patients.
Kotliar C, Kempny P, Gonzalez S, Castellaro C, Forcada P, Obregon S, Cavanagh E, Chiabaut Svane J, Casarini MJ, Rojas M, Inserra F.
What is your favourite manuscript from a lab other than your own (provide PubMed PMID if possible)?
There are many manuscripts focused on blood pressure variability but my favorite is the study by Rothwell PM, et al: Prognostic significance of visit-to-visit variability, maximum systolic blood pressure, and episodic hypertension. Lancet. 2010 Mar 13;375(9718):895-905.
What facilities are essential for your research?
We routinely use devices for the non-invasive measurement of arterial stiffness and central blood pressure (Mobil-O-graph), carotid intima-media thickness and endothelial function (ultrasonography), home blood pressure monitoring (MicroLife).
Where do your research strengths lie? Why? What are your research weaknesses? How will you improve?
My research strength lies in my background as a clinical cardiologist and the amount of patients that we received in the cardio-metabolic unit.
My major weakness is in the area of biostatistics.
Describe your unforgettable (proudest) moment in science, and the most challenging situation that you have had to overcome (lessons learnt) so far?
My proudest moment was the defense of my Master Degree in Vascular Mechanics and Hypertension a few days after the birth of my son.
The most challenging situation was during my first presentation in English in the ESH/ISH congress 2014 in Athens. Luckily I received a lot of positive feedback.
At which conference did you first present? How was your experience?
My first presentation was at the European Society of Hypertension/International Society of Hypertension congress 2014 in Athens, Greece. I was very nervous because, as I mentioned above, it was my first presentation in English.
What upcoming conferences will you be attending, and what is the furthest distance that you have traveled for a conference?
I am going to participate in the next 26th Argentine Congress of Hypertension. April 2019. Mar del Plata (Argentina)
The furthest distance that I have traveled for a conference was from Buenos Aires (Argentina) to Seoul (South Korea) in 2016 to the ISH conference.
How did you learn about ISH/NIN and its activities?
I was invited to participate in the ISH New Investigator Committee Networking and Mentorship Event, Athens, June 2014.
What area(s) do you wish to specialize in the future?
I would like to continue my training as a researcher in hypertension. As a clinical cardiologist I am interested in clinical and translational research and I am seeking to have a training experience overseas, to bring new ideas and back to Argentina.
Who is your role model in Science? Why?
My role model is Dr. Sergio Gonzalez, one of my mentors. He is a great cardiologist and he was the first to introduce me in hypertension.
What are your scientific goals? Advise for talented emerging scientists?
As I mention above, I am preparing my first manuscript publication that is my short term goal. My long term goal is to start a PhD program and have an international experience in research to increase my record of publications.
My advice for emerging scientists is to love what you are working on and never give up!