International Society of Hypertension

Master Course in Hypertension: Hypertension, Electrolytes and the Kidney. A report by Christian Delles

It was a great honour for me to represent the ISH at the Master Course in Hypertension in Beirut. The course has been organised by Prof. Edgar Nasr (University of Balamand) in collaboration with the European Renal Association – European Dialysis and Transplantation Association (ERA-EDTA) and the ISH and was running from 26th to 28th March 2015.

Image of Christian DellesThe Master Course is the training event for Lebanese nephrologists and has over the years seen prominent local and international speakers presenting their latest research and providing overviews of current topics in nephrology and hypertension.

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Presentations made at the Master Course will be made available shortly.

Timages of Lebanonhis year the Master Course was held at the Monroe Hotel in Beirut. It is a beautiful spot in the central district of the city, overlooking the Beirut Marina at Zaitunay Bay. The three day programme saw a good mix of international speakers including A Wiecek, D Fouque, Z Massy, C Zoccali, and P Blankenstijn and local experts including S Aoun Bahous, R Bou Khalil, N Fares, C Sawan, S Karam and O Hassan discussing topics from the latest developments in nephroprotection to nutritional support in CKD, phosphate as a cardiovascular risk player, hypertension in ESRD and renal denervation. I was proud to speak on behalf of the ISH on blood pressure targets, assessment of target organ damage and some of the recent developments in genetics of hypertension.


The Master Course was extremely well organised. Running on afternoons on Thursday and Friday and in the morning of Saturday made it possible for a large number of clinicians to attend and still look after their patients and spend time with their families. The Lebanese colleagues were very well prepared and engaged in very lively discussions with the speakers. It was obvious that their level of knowledge is extremely high, and the audience gave the speakers a hard time by asking very precise questions and making valuable contributions. It was also interesting to see how engaged the device and pharmaceutical industry was in their support of the meeting; the size of the exhibition in the Hall of Fame Ballroom was indeed impressive.

master Course speakersI cannot thank Prof. Nasr enough for his kind and generous hospitality throughout the meeting. He took myself and other speakers to a number of unique restaurants in and around the city of Beirut, and whilst we certainly had no reason to complain about the excellent food in the Monroe Hotel he is right in saying that the best meals can be enjoyed in some of the smaller family-run restaurants that would not immediately be spotted by tourists. I am particularly grateful for some last minute programme adjustments that made it possible for me to join a sightseeing tour on Saturday which brought me to Jeita Grotto, Our Lady of Lebanon and the ancient city of Byblos. I would further like to thank Ms Darine Abi Aad and her team of Trust & Traders and of course Ms Helen Horsfield for their support with all travel and accommodation arrangements.

 It was a great experience exchange with Lebanese kidney and hypertension specialists and to learn from presentations of other speakers. I sincerely hope there will be an opportunity for me to return to Beirut in the near future.

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Presentations made at the Master Course:

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We would like to thank the organisers of the Master Course and speakers for allowing us to share these presentations on the ISH website.


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