September/October, 2005


Dear [[FirstName]],


The most important message this month is that the ABSTRACT deadline for the ASM is the 8th of October.


The winner of the best student presentation will win a trip to the UK to present their work at the BHS meeting in 2006


So, encourage all students to submit abstracts NOW !!!!!!


All the details of the meeting are in Jaye’s section (see below). This month we are featuring the hypertension research from The Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane (see feature article) deftly written by the Michael Stowasser. Each months article is placed on the HBPRCA website in case you would like to look at them again. If your group would like to contribute future articles please let me know. Also note that the Experimental Biology meeting in San Francisco will be in April and the deadline for this meeting’s abstracts  is coming up shortly (November 2) (see meetings in 20056 section).




PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE from Stephen Harrap


You will all now have received your invitation for our very special  Annual Scientific Meeting in December. To help us make this a  memorable event we need your support. You can do that in no better  ways than submitting your best work for presentation and swelling the  numbers with your own presence and introducing new colleagues to the  HBPRCA. The more the merrier!  As you know, your Executive is making efforts to raise the profile of  our Council in Australia and internationally. An important part of  this strategy is to build closer ties with like-minded societies.  Kate Denton and I have been working on this and you'll be delighted  to know that in addition to our success with the British Hypertension Society we are in active discussions with the American Heart  Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research and the Canadian  Hypertension Society. Indeed, Doug McKitrick will be speaking with  the President of the Canadian Society Dr Richard Lewanczuk when he attends the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in October as a guest of  the Canadians. Through these links we hope to achieve mutual benefits  for our members and foster interational collaboration and collegiality.






The countdown begins. The invitation for Abstracts for the 2005 HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting has been sent. Information, registration and abstract submission are avaliable via the Meetings First website.  The Key Dates are:


Abstract deadline

Saturday, 8th October 2005

Early bird registrations close

Friday, November 4 2005

Accommodation bookings close

Friday, November 4 2005

Meeting Commences

Wednesday, 7th December 2005

Annual Dinner

Thursday, 8th December 2005

Meeting Closes

Friday, 9th December 2005 


We are planning a superb meeting.  Profs Anna Dominiczak, Terry Dwyer and Shaun Jackson are our highly anticipated keynote speakers and together with our 13 Foundation Fellows, an inaugural appearance by our first top student exchange from the British Hypertension Society, a first student prize of a reciprocal appearance at the next BHS, a clinical workshop led by the experts and innovative moderated poster sessions - most pieces are certainly in place for an extravaganza.  All we need is your enthusiastic participation.  And if the science hasn't yet whetted your appetite, let me highlight the fact that dinner (at Melbourne's Showpiece : The Melbourne Museum) for ALL full registrants is on the Foundation. Let me repeat: IT'S A FREEBIE, everyone!  I look forward to all those abstracts pouring in....






With the HBPRCA annual general meeting coming up we once again remind supervisors that your graduate students can enjoy free membership in the HBPRCA. This year is a significant year celebrating the close ties of the Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research and the HBPRCA, particularly their support of Foundation Fellows, a privilege that your post docs and graduate students might aspire to. For either group demonstrated membership in relevant scientific societies factors into outside assessments for positions, awards and funding.

As we are starting to strengthen our clinical ties, we again remind you to start thinking about who of your clinical colleagues might be interested in membership with Australia’s premier society for hypertension-related research and information. More information on clinical membership will follow in the coming months.

If you have specific comments or concerns with your membership, or issues affecting membership generally, accept the invitation to communicate them directly to the Membership Secretary, Dr Doug McKitrick, via contact details available on the HBPRCA website.




August Feature Article


The Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre at Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane


The Endocrine Hypertension Research Centre within the Southern Clinical Division of the University of Queensland School of Medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital conducts clinical research into, and is a major referral centre for, the investigation and management of hypertension, with particular expertise in endocrine varieties, including primary aldosteronism (PAL), renovascular hypertension, pheochromocytoma, renin-secreting tumors, and the syndrome of hypertension and hyperkalemia with normal glomerular filtration rate, also known as pseudo-hypoaldosteronism type 2 or Gordon's syndrome (named after the Centre's founder). The Centre has in recent years placed particular emphasis on epidemiological, biochemical, morphological and genetic aspects of PAL and has attracted much attention for its work in this area. The Centre demonstrated 14 years ago that PAL is approximately ten times more common that previously thought, a finding which has led to the identification of thousands of patients who would otherwise have gone undetected, and in whom hypertension has been cured or markedly improved following surgical or specific medical treatment. It also described the phenotypic characteristics of a common but rarely recognized tumorous form (angiotensin-II responsive aldosterone-producing adenoma) and a new and more common familial variety (familial hyperaldosteronism type II, FH-II). It has contributed to the diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of the first described, rare, familial form of PAL (FH-I) which is glucocorticoid-remediable.


The Centre has co-directors in A/Prof Michael Stowasser and E/Prof Richard (Dick) Gordon, who established the Endocrine-Hypertension Research Unit (later to become the Centre) at Greenslopes Hospital in 1970 and has over 40 years of clinical and research experience in the pathogenesis, diagnostic workup and management of various forms of hypertension and especially of endocrine varieties. Dr Stowasser has 15 years experience and is Director of the Hypertension Units at Princess Alexandra Hospital and at Greenslopes Private Hospital, where the Centre's laboratory was based until 2000.



Clinical and research activities


Three Hypertension Clinics weekly (two at PAH and one at GPH) provide a sophisticated diagnostic and treatment service for patients from all over Queensland and Northern NSW, with occasional referrals from further afield including Asia. Detailed and rigorous inpatient studies are scrutinized by dedicated “Hypertension Unit” nurses (Di Cowley and Christine Ossenberg at PAH and Di Robson and Cynthia Kogovsek at GPH). More than 1000 thoroughly studied and documented patients with PAL provide a unique resource for further research into causes, diagnosis and treatment.


The Centre offers opportunities for training of medical graduates (FRACP or advanced trainees) in hypertension investigation, treatment and research and of science graduates in clinically relevant basic research. For further information contact A/Prof Michael Stowasser, Hypertension Unit, Princess Alexandra Hospital 4102 (Tel 07-32402694; Fax 07-32402969; email or E/Prof Richard (Dick) Gordon, Consultant Physician in Hypertension and Endocrinology, Suite 29, Specialist Centre, Greenslopes Private Hospital 4120 (Tel 07-33941700; Fax 07-33941900; email


The Centre offers genetic testing for the rare familial variety of PAL (FH-I) which can cause severe hypertension and early death from stroke, but which is easily controlled by partial suppression of ACTH using small doses of "glucocorticoid" medication.

Research at the Centre has demonstrated evidence of non-blood pressure related adverse cardiovascular effects of aldosterone excess in normotensive subjects with FH-I in collaboration with Professor Tom Marwick, University of Queensland Department of Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital using state-of-the-art echocardiographic techniques to study fibrosis and remodelling of the heart.


In collaboration with Dr David Duffy of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, the Centre is seeking genetic mutations responsible for a second, more common, familial variety of PAL (FH-II) described by the Centre in 1991.


Detailed pathophysiological and genetic studies are performed in new families with  Gordon's syndrome in collaboration with A/Prof Kevin O'Shaughnessey, Cambridge University, UK.



Some Recent Publications from EHRC



Position Available – Cardiovascular Neuroscience Group – RMIT University


The cardiovascular neuroscience group is headed by Dr Emilio Badoer and consists of a postdoctoral Fellow, research academics and postgraduate and undergraduate research students. The research focus of the group is in gaining an understanding of the role of the central nervous system in cardiovascular disease, temperature regulation and neuropathic pain. We are looking for a person who has molecular biology experience, preferably with experience in extracting RNA from small quantities of brain tissue. The applicant should be self driven and with the expertise to trouble shoot. A BSc (hons) is mandatory but the position would suit a PhD student who has recently completed /submitted their thesis or graduated.  The position is available immediately for 12 months in the first instance. All expressions of interest should be directed to Dr Emilio Badoer ( and should include a CV and the names of three referees. 





With best wishes,



A/Professor Geoffrey A. Head

HBPRCA Secretary





HBPRCA Secretariat

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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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American Heart Association

59th Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research in association with the Council on the Kidney in Cardiovascular Disease
Omni Shoreham Hotel - Washington, DC
Sep 21-24, 2005

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American Heart Association

Scientific sessions
Dallas Convention Center - Dallas, TX
Nov 13-16, 2005

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High Blood Pressure Research Council

27th Annual Scientific Meeting

Wednesday 7th December 2005 for the Clinical Workshop starting at 4:30 pm.

Thursday-Friday 8-9th December for the Main Scientific meeting

Bio21, 30 Flemington Road, Carlton Victoria 3053 Australia.

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ASMR National Scientific Conference

On Hormones, Fertility and Cancer

Couran Cove, Queensland

November 20-23 2005


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The Beilin Symposium

December 6-7, 2005

Alan Gilbert Building

University of Melbourne, Melbourne

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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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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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International Society of Hypertension

21st Scientific Meeting

Saturday, October 15 – Wednesday, October 19, 2006

Fukuoka International Congress Centre – Fukuoka, JAPAN

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American Heart Association

Obesity, Lifestyle, and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium.

Grand Hyatt Washington - Washington, DC

Jan 18-20, 2006

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American Stroke Association
A Division of American Heart Association

International Stroke Conference, Gaylord Palms, Kissimmee, Florida

February 16-18 2006

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American Society of Hypertension

Annual meeting

New York City, Hilton Hotel
May 17-20, 2006

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European Society of Cardiology

Heart Failure 2006

17 June 2006 - 20 June 2006
Helsinki, Finland
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World Congress of Cardiology 2006  
2-6 September 2006 “Bringing together the European Society of Cardiology Congress 2006 and the World Heart Federation's XVth World Congress of Cardiology.”
Barcelona, Spain 
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Experimental Biology 2006  

1-5 April 2006

Moscone Convention centre, San Francisco, CA, USA

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