April, 2005



SECRETARY’S MESSAGE from Geoffrey Head


This month there continues to be a lot of news with the Annual Scientific Meeting taking shape and looking like an event not to be missed (see Jaye’s Section). The executive has been busy on a number of fronts with the establishment of links to a number of like minded societies (see Kate’s section). Perhaps the most important issue that affects us all while we are busy refereeing NH&MRC grants is the level of funding that is becoming more and more pressing. The predictions about success rate are alarming estimated to be as low as 14% by 2010. The Will’s funding has been implemented but is now static. Previous campaigns have been successful but only when a sufficient number of interested parties lobby the government for increased funding. Thus it is vital to maintain the competitive edge established by the Will’s funding in recent years by lobbying government for a further increase. There is  call to action by ASMR which I would like to encourage all members of the HBRCA to adopt. There are a number of ways in which you can help including writing to members of parliament, the Health Minister, Prime Minister, Treasurer etc. Visit you local member. The agenda for the 2006 budget is set in October and we need to have our impact well before then. For more details see below.  BTW if you are organising small workshops, symposia, focus groups and would like to publicise it amongst the membership please let us know. Also if you are hosting an eminent colleague or group from overseas you may wish to advertise this amongst our members.





PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE from Stephen Harrap


Lots of things are happening at the moment in the Council as you will no doubt be aware. Among these are efforts to raise the profile of the Council both professionally and through the lay press. We have established a link with a journalist at the Financial Review who is very interested in receiving ideas for stories in her columns regarding blood pressure. So, if you have something relevant that you think might suit the Fin Review and its readers, let us know through Geoff Head via the Secretariat. Even if you don't have anything right now, we would very much welcome your expertise where appropriate if journalists call the Council with queries about articles they are writing. With any luck we can build a mutually beneficial relationship with the media.




MEETING NEWS from Jaye Chin Dusting




In keeping with the new Executive Council's remit to increase the visibility and relevance of the HBPRCA in clinical care and management, a clinical workshop has been scheduled for the Friday evening of the Annual Scientific Meeting (ie Dec 9th).  This will be in place of the traditional Saturday workshop (hence for those who are already juggling their diaries for December, please note: there will be NO Saturday workshop this year). The target audience for the Friday evening clinical workshop are GPs and other persons who have clinical care responsibilities.  Of course all members of the Council are warmly welcomed.  The theme for this year's workshop will be "Treating High Blood Pressure in the Patient with Complications" and will cover advice from the experts on treating high blood pressure in the diabetic patient, the pregnant woman, the stroke patient and the elderly.


In the next instalment, I hope to have news for you on new initiatives currently under discussion with the Foundation of HBP.  Stay tuned.


Click here for information about other scientific meetings of interest.




We are working toward establishing ongoing, mutually beneficial relationships with like-minded professional societies with an interest in blood pressure research.  Currently, we are exploring possibilities for closer cooperation with society’s such as the British and European Hypertension Societies, the Council for High Blood Pressure Research (USA) and the like.  Initially we are trying to organise reciprocal arrangements for members to attend meetings (i.e. local member registration fees) and support for travel by our student and young investigators.  This initiative is at an early stage but thus far we have had an enthusiastic response from the British and European Hypertension Societies. Suggestions of other like-minded Societies that could be approach are welcomed.




MEMBERSHIP NEWS from Doug McKitrick


March 31st was the annual subscription due date for the HBPRCA. However, if you have overlooked paying its not too late! Simply go to the HBPRCA website (http://www.hbprca.com.au/) and follow the link on the left for access to the secure payment site or to download a form for return by post. If you don’t have internet access, can’t remember if you have paid, or just need a bit of help, contact the Secretariat by phone, fax or post (details below)


Don’t forget to encourage your graduate students and post docs to take out membership with the Council. This year special initiatives are being introduced specifically intending to benefit student and early career members. 





Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology (CEPP) is available Free to members of the HBPRCA!


CEPP aims to make a substantial contribution to effective and productive communication between scientists throughout the world who are working in these interrelated disciplines. The journal provides a medium for the rapid publication of original research papers, short communications, rapid communications and theoretical articles (hypotheses) on the results of clinical and experimental work in pharmacology and physiology. Invited review articles are published occasionally.


To access the journal online visit http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/ and log in or register if you are a new user. Once you are logged in follow the three simple steps below:


1.       Click on the blue ‘My Synergy’ tab and the top of the screen and then click the blue ‘Access’ tab in the middle of the screen.

2.       Enter CEPHBPTRIAL2005 in the ‘Access Token’ box exactly as it appears here. You will only need to enter this code the first time you use Blackwell Synergy

3.       Now click ‘Continue’


You will have access to all content in CEPP every time you log in until 31st of December 2005.


Manuscripts can be submitted to CEPP via http://cepp.manuscriptcentral.com/






This year, Monash University will be running workshops in microscopy techniques.  In addition to training workshops, they also offer biological and biomedical microscopy support through consultation, project development, collaboration and contract research relating to all of the above techniques. If you are interested in attending anything mentioned above, find out more by contacting the organisers or downloading a copy of the brochure.








ASMR needs your help during 2005, to ensure that medical research in our country remains competitive and translates to better health and economic outcomes for all Australians.


The much welcomed doubling of the NHMRC budget ($613.7 million over five years) instigated by the Howard Government in response to the 1999 Health and Medical Strategic (Wills) Review, is now complete.  The Investment (Grant) Review of Health and Medical Research released in December of last year is the first report card on performance flowing from this investment and has been extremely positive.  The Government’s decision to invest in this sector has been validated by both health and economic returns to the Australian community and they should be congratulated. ASMR believes that every organisation committed to a healthy medical research endeavour in Australia must come together in a bipartisan campaign to create awareness of the critical significance of this issue.  The agenda for the 2006 Federal Budget is set in October 2005.  Between now and October, ASMR aims to stimulate a political campaign including both patient groups and medical researchers.  The primary aim of this campaign is to impress the importance of medical research on our politicians and to articulate the case for further investment.

You need to act now:

¨       Visit your local member twice in 2005.  Once before June and again before October.

¨       Before September, write to:

-          your local member

-          the Health Minister

-          the Treasurer

-          the Prime Minister


Points of focus:

          Medical research is vital to Australia’s future, it

         underpins the health of all Australians

         delivers exceptional returns on investment

         creates knowledge-based jobs

(use examples from your field)


Please click here to view information on the ASMR Campaign to increase Health and Medical Research Funding.


Please click here to view the April edition of the ASMR Newsletter.


Please click here for the Minutes of the Meeting of the ASMR Board of  Directors with Affiliate Member organizations held on March 31st in Melbourne.





With best wishes,


A/Professor Geoffrey A. Head

HBPRCA Secretary






HBPRCA Secretariat

Laura Buckland at

Meetings First

t           61 3 9739 7697

f           61 3 9739 7076

e mailto:hbprca@meetingsfirst.com.au








European Society of Hypertension
15th European Meeting on Hypertension

Fiera Milano Congressi Center - Milan, ITALY

June 17-21, 2005

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Click here for European Society of Hypertension website

Reduced-fee registrations and accommodation close April 15, 2005

3rd World Congress of Nephrology on Hypertension And The Kidney

July 1-3, 2005

Esplanade Convention Centre – Perth, AUSTRALIA

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Website http://www.eventedge.com.au:8080/hypertension2005/

Registrations are not yet open for this meeting


American Society of Hypertension

20th Annual Scientific Meeting

San Francisco Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, USA

Saturday, May 14 - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

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Click here for society American Society of Hypertension website



4th Asia-Pacific Congress of Hypertension June 2005

In conjunction with the 14th Annual meeting of the Korean Society of Hypertension

Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel, Seoul, KOREA

Wednesday, June 1 – Friday, June 4, 2005

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Click here for Korean Society of Hypertension website

Joint International Meeting of The Physiological Society & FEPS

Bristol University, Glasgow, SCOTLAND

Wednesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 23, 2005

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Click here for the Federation of European Physiological Societies website


International Society on Hypertension in Blacks


20th Annual Meeting

Caribe Hilton Hotel

Friday, July 15 - Tuesday, July 19, 2005

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Click here for International Society of Blacks website


International Society on Thrombosis & Haemostasis

Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Saturday, August 6 – Friday, August 12, 2005

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European Society of Cardiology

Annual Scientific Meeting

Stockholmsmässan, Stockholm, SWEDEN

Saturday, September 3 – Wednesday, September 7, 2005

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Canadian Cardiovascular Society

Annual Scientific Meeting

Quebec, CANADA

Saturday, October 22 – Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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Click here for society website


Asian Pacific Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Annual Scientific Meeting

Annual scientific meeting

Mumbai, INDIA

Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 4, 2005

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Click here for Asian Pacific Society of Nuclear Cardiology website

International Conference on Preventive Cardiology

Foz do Iguaçu, BRAZIL

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Click here for the World Heart Federation website

International Society of Hypertension

21st Scientific Meeting

Saturday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Fukuoka International Congress Centre – Fukuoka, JAPAN

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Click here for International Society of hypertension web page


International Conference on Healthy Ageing and Longevity

3rd Annual Meeting

Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2006

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre – Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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