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Christian Delles, Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK

Posted on 20/08/2018

The latest ISH What's on my desk comes from Christian Delles, Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.

Christian Delles, Glasgow, UK

What's on my desk

Christian DellesI must admit I am a pretty lousy reader when it comes to scientific literature. I try to stay up-to-date but I'm sure I miss a lot. Luckily colleagues and students often share their reading with me. For example the paper "SGLT-2-inhibition with dapagliflozin reduces tissue sodium content: a randomised controlled trial" by Marina Karg et al. in Cardiovascular Diabetology [PMID:  29301520]. The authors show that the natriuretic effect of SGLT-2 inhibitors translates into reduced tissue sodium and possibly reduced total body sodium content. Giacomo Rossitto, one of my PhD students, currently tries to better understand the relationship between sodium and water in the transition from hypertension to heart failure, so that's a really important paper for us.

Equally good but far less scientific is "Nachtzug nach Lissabon" ("Night Train to Lisbon") by Pascal Mercier which I just finished reading. The book has been on the shelf for many years but it probably needs a certain age to be truly attracted by it. Even if there are still a few years between the main character Raimund Gregorius and myself the concept of questioning old habits and exploring new avenues is fascinating. Not that I am planning radical steps right now, but it is certainly good advice to take a break and reflect from time to time – especially in the world of science.


If you are attending this year’s ISH Biennial Scientific Meeting (Hypertension Beijing 2018 -, 20-23 September, don’t miss Christian’s presentation on Proteomic-Biostatistic Approach in Hypertension.

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