History

The HBPRCA was formed in 1979 after consultation with senior members of the Australian hypertension research community, led by Professors Paul Korner and Austin Doyle. The initial Steering Committee consisted of A E Doyle (Chairman), P I Korner (Secretary), C I Johnston (Treasurer), B A Scoggins, D A Denton, P Kincaid-Smith, J P Chalmers, G W Boyd, G S Stokes, L Beilin, and R Gordon. The Constitution was adopted in 1980 and the Council became an Incorporated Association in 1993.

Presidents

The Council have been honoured by the distinguished persons who served as President.

  • Austin E Doyle 1979-1983
  • John P Chalmers 1984-1986
  • Paul Korner 1987-1989
  • Colin I Johnston 1990-1992
  • Lawrie Beilin 1993-1995
  • Warwick P Anderson 1996-1998
  • Judith Whitworth 1999- 2001
  • Garry Jennings 2002 – 2004
  • Stephen B Harrap 2005 – 2010
  • Jaye Chin-Dusting 2011 – present

Annual Scientific Meetings

The Foundation Meeting of Council was held on 14 December 1979, at the University of Melbourne with Professor Austin Doyle acting as the inaugural Chairman. 47 Foundation members attended the inaugural meeting. Professor Alberto Zanchetti was the inaugural guest lecturer at the foundation meeting and he became the first Honorary Life Member of the Council. The meeting has grown over the intervening years, but remains the premier meeting for the discussion of research on hypertension epidemiology, causes, mechanisms, prevention and treatment.

  • In 1991, the invited lecture presented by an international speaker was named the R D Wright Lecture in honour of Professor Emeritus Sir Roy Douglas Wright AK, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research.
  • In 1993, in honour of Professor Austin E Doyle, the inaugural Chairman of the Council, a lecture to be presented by an outstanding Australian or New Zealander was named the Austin Doyle Lecture in recognition of Professor Doyle’s outstanding contribution to hypertension research both in Australia and internationally.
  • To commemorate the contribution to the Council of Dr Robert Vandongen, a ‘Bob Vandongen Travel Award’ was established in 1993 to facilitate the travel of young investigators from Western Australia
  • The Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research Colin I Johnston Lectureship was introduced in honour and recognition of Colin’s leadership and contributions to the Council and Foundation. The lectureship will be awarded to young, but established, investigators with international success.

In 1994, the Council hosted the biennial meeting of the International Society of Hypertension, at the World Congress Centre in Melbourne, after which the Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research Council was established. The Council looks forward to hosting ISH 2012 in Sydney.

No. Year Venue R D Wright Lecturer
Austin Doyle Lecturer
Colin I Johnston Lecturer
1 1979 Melbourne Alberto Zanchetti
2 1980 Melbourne J. Henry
3 1981 Melbourne L. Tobian
4 1982 Melbourne John Swales
5 1983 Melbourne Garry Nicholls
6 1984 Sydney Peter Sever
7 1985 Melbourne A. Cowley
8 1986 Melbourne Hans Brunner
9 1987 Melbourne S. Schwartz
10 1988 Melbourne Tony Lever
11 1989 Melbourne Allyn Mark
12 1990 Melbourne Stevo Julius
13 1991 Adelaide Graham MacGregorM. Schalekamp
14 1992 Melbourne Guiseppe Mancia
15 1993 Melbourne Wayne Alexander
16 1994 Brisbane John Connell
17 1995 Melbourne Pierre Corvol John Shine
18 1996 Melbourne Loring Rowell Stephen MacMahon
19 1997 Fremantle Takao Saruta Wendy Hoy
20 1998 Melbourne Suzanne OparilKeynote: Martha Hill Grant Sutherland
21 1999 Melbourne David Webb Nick Nicola
22 2000 Sydney Alan Lopez Robert Graham
23 2001 Melbourne Peter de Leeuw Max Bennett
24 2002 Melbourne(AHMRC) Arya Sharma Chris Goodnow
25 2003 Melbourne Ernesto SchiffrinKeynote: Ian Wilkinson Robert Lewis
26 2004 Sydney(AHMRC) Yutaka Imai Peter Doherty
27 2005 Melbourne Anna Dominiczak Terry Dwyer
Shaun Jackson
28
2006
Brisbane
Freidrich Luft
John Mattick
Mark Febbraio
29
2007
Adelaide

Guido Grassi

Keynote: Lars Lindholm

Ian Frazer
Tien Wong
30 2008 Melbourne Carlos Ferrario David Sinclair Bruce Neal
31 2009 Sydney Frans Leenen Michael Cowley Alex Brown
32 2010 Melbourne David Harrison David Celermajer Anthony Ashton
33 2011 Perth Peter Rothwell Rob Parton Martin Ng
34 2012 Sydney (Hypertension Sydney) Eric Olson Peter Doherty Chris Sobey
35 2013 Melbourne (joint with AAS) William Sessa Simon McKeon Markus Schlaich
36 2014 Adelaide (joint with AAS, AVBS, ASCEPT-CV, ISCP) Rhian Touyz Brian Schmidt Tom Marwick
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