International Society of Hypertension

Spotlight on the ISH New Investigator Programme, AHA Hypertension Council Scientific Sessions, September 2015

In September, the ISH New Investigator Committee (NIC) worked alongside the Trainee Advocacy Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) Hypertension Council to build a New Investigator-centered programme. The programme continued to grow a longstanding relationship between the two committees and featured poster and oral communication sessions, awards and social interactions. The programme was a huge success with the largest participation of any ISH-sponsored symposia and was well received by all participants. Here we present three perspectives on the programme from members of the ISH New Investigator Committee Working Groups.

Dylan Burger Report compiled and introduced by
Dylan Burger - Lead for Media Working Group of ISH NIC (pictured left)

Fady Hannah-ShmouniISH/AHA Trainee Advocacy Committee Social Interactions

Fady Hannah-Shmouni (pictured right)
Member of Recruitment Working Group of ISH NIC

It was lovely to participate in the social gathering where many familiar faces (and new ones) were engaged in dancing and singing. These activities reinforced the collaborative efforts that we rely on in science to help advance the field. Gatherings such as this one bring together like minded individuals for the same goal: building new relationships through the arts. I am glad to have made new friends and collaborators during this unforgettable social event and hope we will continue advocating for these extra-curricular activities during our conferences.

Cesar RomeroPoster Sessions

Cesar Romero (pictured right)
Member of Media Working Group of ISH NIC

The trainee on-site poster competition and reception was a highlight of the Hypertension Council Sessions. In a collegial atmosphere, almost 140 students, fellows, and trainees presented their work receiving feedback from colleagues and established senior investigators. The judges contributed to poster evaluations and maintained a constructive and friendly mood whilst sharing their valuable experiences. Overall I found the poster competition to be a great opportunity to meet people, build relationships and promote the activities of the ISH New Investigator Committee.

Lucinda HilliardOral Communications

Lucinda Hilliard (pictured right)
Member of Media Working Group of ISH NIC

This year the ISH New Investigator Committee and Trainee Advocacy Committee of the Council on Hypertension co-hosted, and together with Hypertension journal jointly sponsored, the Top Trainee Abstracts Oral Session. The scientific program featured high quality presentations and cutting edge research from 6 outstanding trainees who were competing for the newly developed “Hypertension Early Career Award”. Many thanks to Professor Anna Dominiczak, Editor-in-Chief of Hypertension, who participated in the judging process of this prestigious award. Congratulations to our awardee, Ellen Gillis from the University of Mississippi, USA, for her presentation entitled “Preeclampsia in the Dahl salt sensitive rat is associated with increased uterine artery resistance and reduced placental microvascular density”.

An interview with the winner of the top trainee oral session - Ellen Gillis

View photos from the recent successful ISH NIC / AHA TAC collaboration.

Image of oral award session          Chair AHA TAC and Chair ISH NIC

Picture left: Oral Presentation Session
Picture right (from left to right): Chair, AHA Trainee Advocacy Committee, Aaron Trask and Chair, ISH NIC - Maciej Tomaszewski

Award Winners

Hypertension Early Career Award Sponsored by Hypertension, AHA TAC and ISH NIC
(Top Trainee Oral Presentation Award)

Ellen Gillis - University of Mississippi Medical Center (USA)

Abstract title: Preeclampsia in the Dahl Salt Sensitive Rat is Associated with Increased Uterine Artery Resistance and Reduced Placental Microvascular Density

Runner ups:

  • Balyssa Bell - University of Iowa (USA)
  • Hana Itani - Vanderbilt University (USA)
  • Jordon Kho - Baylor College of Medicine (USA)
  • Marc Mazzuca - Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School (USA)
  • Maria Pitra - Georgia Regents University (USA)

Poster Presentation Award Winners

  • Stacy Robertson - Heart Research Institute (Australia)
  • Gautam Shah - Cleveland Clinic (USA)
  • Sathnur Pushpakumar - University of Louisville (USA)
  • Candace McNaughton - Vanderbilt University Medical Center (USA)
  • Amrita Pai - Georgetown University (USA)
  • Faisal Rahman - Boston University Medical Center (USA)
  • John Henry Dasinger - University of Mississippi Medical Center (USA)
  • Ninitha Asirvatham-Jeyaraj - University of Minnesota (USA)
  • Justin Van Beusecum - University of Alabama (USA)
  • Katie Hood - Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences (UK)
  • Nathan Campbell - University of Mississippi Medical Center (USA)
  • Wissam AbouAlaiwi - University of Toledo (USA)
  • Erin Bruce - University of Florida (USA)
  • Katrin Nather - University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Johnathan Ebben - Medical College of Wisconsin (USA)
  • Steven Forrester - Temple University (USA)
  • Sabine Kossman - University Medical Center Mainz (Germany)
  • Masashi Mukohda - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Amanda Soler - New York Medical College (USA)
  • Sanghamitra Sahoo - Vascular Medicine Institute (USA)
  • Guang Yang - Heinrich-Heine-University (Germany)

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