International Society of Hypertension

Orlando Symposium - NIC Committee Orlando Symposium - Award Winners

2011 - Orlando Symposium

The High Blood Pressure Research 2011 Scientific Sessions, jointly sponsored by the Inter-American Society of Hypertension (IASH), the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the Council on Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease conference was held during September 20-24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, USA; to bridge basic and translational hypertension research in the Americas.

Orlando Symposium - NIC Committee

From L to R: Dr. Stephen Harrap, President ISH; NIC members: Fadi Charchar, Australia; Praveen Veerabhadrappa, USA; Dylan Burger, Canada.

During this conference, International Society of Hypertension (ISH) sponsored session - A Global Hypertension Initiative: Trainee/New Investigator Session was hosted for the very first time, by the New Investigator Committee (NIC) of the ISH which was recently established, with the primary aim to support and encourage new investigator interaction in blood pressure and related research.

The symposium was half a day long event which included both oral and poster sessions aimed at encouraging the participation of new investigators in blood pressure and related research. The symposium was introduced and attendees were welcomed by Dr. Stephen Harrap, the current president of ISH. Dylan Burger of the NIC briefly described the process of abstract selection for the presentations.

Two interactive oral sessions; with each having six presentations were conducted. Praveen Veerabhadrappa and Fadi Charchar of NIC moderated the oral sessions along with new investigators Dr. Eric George and Catherine Howard. There was an enthusiastic discussion amongst new and established investigators alike. The poster session consisted of 39 top scoring abstracts across a variety of scientific disciplines with the top 13 poster presentations receiving awards on site. Finally, Praveen Veerabhadrappa thanked the participants and concluded the session highlighting the next New Investigator Symposium at the "Hypertension Sydney 2012"-The 24th Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) in collaboration with the 9th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension (APSH) and the 34th Annual Scientific meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA).

All told, the New Investigators Symposium had over 50 participants across 9 countries and 5 continents along with 300 attendees making it a truly global symposium which was successfully conducted for the first time at a major scientific conference. The ISH New Investigator Committee thanks all participants and attendees and looks forward to the next Symposium to be held in conjunction with the biennial meeting in Sydney 2012.

View a list of award winners at the 1st New Investigator Symposium.

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