High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

HBPRCA Email Newsletter June 2010

Welcome from Geoff Head

It’s been a busy quarter and as you’ll see when reading this issue, that’s been the case for HBPRCA as well. Please look out for the bits in green – they mean we want you to do something!

ISH2010 – will be in Vancouver on the 26th-30th September. PowerPoint slides available here. Note that there will be a special dinner in Vancouver for all the Aussie members as we did in Berlin (see below for details).

ISH2012 – As you are all aware, the HBPRCA will be hosting ISH 2012 in Sydney, 30 September – 3 October.

As members of the HBPRCA, we would like you to advertise the Symposium, by downloading this slide and including it at the end of your presentations. Please click here to download.

We would like to pay a special thank you to Athina Patti who has been an enormous help to the Council over the last several years. You will all be familiar with Athina’s smiling face as she solved everyone’s problems. She has been a fantastic help to me as Secretary never missing a reminder and always on the ball. While Athina moved from Meetings First to arinex a few months ago, we’re delighted that she is now working with us on ISH 2012, so we haven’t really lost her.

We wish her very well in her new position. Jennifer remains at the helm of Meetings First and will continue to support HBPRCA.

In This Issue
President’s Message from Stephen Harrap
2010 Annual Scientific Meeting News from Kate Denton
2011 Annual Scientific Meeting News from Markus Schlaich
Society Liaison News – special rates to attend BHS, apply now for Franco-Exchange
Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research – award applications due August 31
Upcoming Meetings – Aussie Dinner at ISH
Secretariat: Updated Contact Details

President’s Message from Stephen Harrap

There is a great deal of activity in the air regarding Vancouver ISH 2010 and it great to see that already, Australians are well represented in terms of abstracts accepted and registrants. The High Blood Pressure Research Foundation has again come very generously to the party and provided support for 11 of our young stars presenting in Vancouver with Travel Awards of between $2500 and $3000. I’m sure that these will be most welcome, not only by the awardees, but also by their supervisors! Lots of exciting things will be happening around the Vancouver meeting including an Australian-Canadian Investigator-Led Satellite meeting in Whistler (you’ll find details elsewhere in e-News) and of course our famous Aussie Dinner that we shall be holding on the waterfront in Vancouver. More details will follow about this great get-together soon.

In Australia, we made an impact with World Hypertension Day through the agency of Ogilvy Healthworld. Not only members of the Council, but also all GPs across the country received the WHD poster. We also achieved good press coverage across the country (literally through the rural press) and we are most grateful to those members of the Council who made themselves available for interviews about blood pressure. As I mentioned, this is only the start of a longer campaign and we met with industry sponsors recently to present them with the “big picture” and hope for their support in what could be an expensive, but most important BP awareness campaign.

Finally, it is not every day that the Council has recipients of high level foreign decorations among its ranks, but I am really delighted to announce that Professor John Chalmers, recently received a letter from the French President Nicolas Sarkozy himself informing John that he was to be recognized as an Officer in the National Order of Merit of France (Officier dans L’Ordre National du Mérite). This in part reflects the close and productive research and clinical links that John has forged between Australia and France. For many of us the most memorable have been the Franco-Australian Hypertension Meetings, but it extends much further and the award salutes John’s commitment and success. Félicitations John!

2010 Annual Scientific Meeting News from Kate Denton

Mark this in your diaries!
Special meeting: Tuesday 30 November 2010
Workshop/ASM: Wednesday 1 – Friday 3 December 2010
Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne

The 2010 ASM is looking like it will be a very busy week.

  • Tuesday November 30 – HYPERTENSION : Research, Practice & Policy
    • A meeting to recognise and honour the contributions of Professor Judith Whitworth
    • Dinner at the MCG
  • Wednesday December 1
    • Morning Workshop: Ambulatory Blood Pressure
    • Afternoon: ASM commences
  • Thursday December 2
    • ASM continues
    • Conference dinner at the Aquarium
  • Friday December 3
    • ASM continues
    • ANCHA meeting (Australian Nurses Cardiovascular Hypertension Association)

As previously advised, our three main speakers are Professor David Harrison, Professor David Celermajer and Dr Anthony Ashton.

2009 Abstracts published in Hypertension: June 2010; Vol. 55, No. 6

Abstracts From the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia Hypertension 2010;55 1492-1513  http://hyper.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/55/6/1492
Table of Contents: http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/vol55/issue6/?etoc

We would like to thank Servier Laboratories for their continued support enabling publication.

2011 Annual Scientific Meeting News from Markus Schlaich

The 2011 ASM will be held in at the Perth Convention Centre, in conjunction with ASCEPT (Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists) and AuPS (Australian Physiological Society).

  • Sunday December 4
    • Education/Careers Workshops, Plenary Lecutre
    • Dinner at the MCG
  • Monday December 5 – Tuesday December 6
    • ASCEPT-AuPS conference sessions
  • Wednesday December 7
    • Joint conference dinner
  • Thursday December 8 – Friday December 9
    • HBPRCA conference sessions/workshop


Programming for the Wednesday will include free communications, joint symposia and a HBPRCA Plenary Lecturer (one of RD Wright, Austin Doyle or Colin Johnston Lecturers). Please email your suggestions now for these speakers, and also any topics which you consider of interest to all three societies. After an internal review, the joint program committee will review symposia suggestions during September so that we can lock in all preferred speakers. It’s really important to get your thoughts – please email any and all suggestions to hbprca@meetingsfirst.com.au by Friday July 30.

Membership News from Doug McKitrick

Thank you to those of you that have taken the time to renew your membership in the HBPRCA. Membership information for 2010 will be finalised shortly and the HBPRCA has continued to grow. It is a great time to be part of a vibrant, changing and growing scientific society.

The helpful reminders for those of you who haven’t renewed your subscription will cease. Your ability to renew will not cease and may still be done by mail, fax or internet. If you have internet access go to the HBPRCA website and follow the link for access to the secure payment site, or to download a form for return by fax or post. If you don’t have internet access, can’t remember if you have paid, or just need a bit of help, please contact the Secretariat (details below). Remember to encourage the participation of your graduate students, and provide them with the career-building opportunity to take advantage of free HBPRCA membership.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) Working Group Initiative

Members: Geoff Head, Susie Mihailidou, Karen Duggan, Alexandra Bune, James Sharman, Arduino Mangoni, Peter Howe, Narelle Berry, Diane Cowley, Michael Stowasser, Lawrie Beilin, Jonathan Hodgson, John Chalmers, Carla Morey, Mark Nelson, Mark Brown, Barry McGrath and John Ludbrook

It’s published! Definition of ambulatory blood pressure targets for diagnosis and treatment of hypertension in relation to clinic blood pressure: prospective cohort study has been published by the BMJ. Note that there has been a rapid response from Jan Staessen which we replied to as well.

Access toll free: http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmj.c1104?ijkey=kDI0UOYwghz9IqL&keytype=ref

On another note, members of the working group are now currently engaged in updating the ambulatory guidelines for the NHF. Hopefully this will be finished by the ASM in December.

Society Liaison News from Bruce Neal

The British Hypertension Society invites HBPRCA members to attend at BHS-members rates! The meeting will be from September 13-15 at Queens College Cambridge, and if you are able to attend, it will no doubt be a great meeting. Click here for a special registration form and more information.

Applications for the Franco Australian Exchange Program are now open.
As a reminder, the HBRPCA has developed a link with our French counterparts Société Française d’Hypertension Artérielle (SFHTA) in which we will provide financial support (airfare and accommodation) for members wishing to spend a short time (1-3 month(s)) working in a laboratory in each other’s country. The exchange program will sponsor one person each way, fostering collaborative projects between French and Australian Hypertension researchers. There are no age limits or prerequisites apart from being a member of either group. To apply complete the form and send to hbprca@meetingsfirst.com.au along with your CV. Please be sure you have agreement of the host laboratory before you apply.

  • The deadline for applications will be Friday 30 July
  • To download an application form, please click here
  • Applications will be judged by a panel of the HBPRCA Executive Committee and notification expected to be made within 2 weeks of the application deadline.
  • The degree of support is anticipated to be AUD$2,500 toward the airfare and 800-1000 euros per month towards the cost of accommodation.
  • The winner will be required to write a feature article (in English) with photos for the e-news!!

We would like to thank Servier Laboratories for their continued support of this program

ASMR Research Awards now open – closing date September 30
ASMR offers two Research Awards annually. These awards support a postgraduate student member of the ASMR nearing completion of their studies or a recently graduated (2 years maximum) postdoctoral member to undertake a short period of research in a laboratory outside of Australia ($5,000) or in a distal laboratory ($2,000) within Australia. The award specifically excludes support for conference attendance and travel for an extended period of postdoctoral studies. Applicants for these awards must have been members of the ASMR for at least 12 months immediately preceding the year in which the Award application is to be considered. Click here for application form download.

Scientists in Schools
Scientists in Schools is a national program that seeks to bring volunteer scientists [including applied scientists, engineers and mathematicians] together with teachers into an ongoing professional partnership, with the aim of increasing awareness of contemporary scientific endeavour and knowledge within our school communities. You can find more information on the program at www.scientistsinschools.edu.au.

The partnerships are completely flexible – both partners bring their professional expertise and professional requirements into the mix and they decide together how they will proceed, with support from the Scientists in Schools team.

Scientists in Schools started in July 2007 and at present there are over 1500 partnerships across Australia. However, there are many teachers who are currently registered and waiting for “their” scientist and we expect this number to grow significantly in 2010. If you would like to be an ambassador for science, please contact scientistsinschools@csiro.au

Student Liaison News from Ann Goodchild

Fantastic news for our student symposium in December! David Harrison who is the Bernard Marcus Professor of Medicine at Emory University in the US and has an amazing publication and citation record will be participating in the student symposium offering his views on “overseas post doctoral positions: a view from the other side”.

We would also like your opinion on what topics you would to be included in the student symposium. Would you like a hear about:

  • NHMRC interviews for fellowships?
  • how to apply for an NHMRC grant- what is a “new investigator” really?
  • overseas post docs: are they necessary?
  • How to better manage your time?

We will be sending out a very simple survey to determine your preference to these and other options in a couple of weeks. If you do not want to wait for this survey feel free to email me your suggestion or idea.

As the student judging of posters with a senior mentor has been so popular this event will return at the meeting in December. Further ideas to improve or embellish this event or the suggestion of others would be highly regarded.

Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research


The ISH Visiting Postdoctoral Award has been designed to encourage experienced researchers from countries other than Australia to work in Australia for up to two years on a specific research project in hypertension or a related field in basic, clinical or public health areas.

The ISH Visiting Postdoctoral Award will be awarded to an Australian research institution, as a contribution towards the salary of a postdoctoral researcher who is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident.


The Foundation is offering a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for a research project in hypertension or related fields in basic, clinical or public health areas at an Australian institution. Applications from biomedical, clinical and public health researchers are invited. Applications are open to Australian citizens or permanent residents.

It is expected that the successful applicant will have had not less than five and not more than ten years’ postdoctoral experience. The fellowship provides a salary and modest project maintenance costs.

Application Procedures: For information on how to apply for either award please contact:

FHBPR Secretariat
Department of Physiology
University of Melbourne
Parkville 3010
Victoria. Australia
Email: jkelly@unimelb.edu.au

Applications for both awards close on Friday 27 August 2010. Late applications will not be considered.

Upcoming Meetings

The 23rd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension

Register now!
Click here to register. The one-year Countdown to the 23rd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension (ISH 2010) to be held September 26 – 30, 2010 in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is on! This important International Meeting, focussing on Global Cardiovascular Risk Reduction will be at the forefront of new concepts in basic, clinical and population science.

Meeting objectives
The ISH 2010 theme, Global Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, will capture the newest information in the field of hypertension and will also focus on all aspects of cardiovascular risk. Future perspectives, new research, treatment and prevention will be showcased over four days of invited plenary talks and oral and poster presentations. Special Symposium initiatives include an Alaskan Cruise and several high profile Summits to discuss priority needs and actions for non-communicable disease prevention. The meeting will provide a forum for scientific exchange, global interaction and global initiatives with the objective of a legacy of new initiatives in Global Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.

Accommodation & optional tour and social event program
ISH 2010 has arranged for a selection of hotels close to the Meeting venue that will meet everyone’s budget. The Meeting has also arranged a fabulous optional Tour and Social Event program exclusively for ISH 2010 attendees. Accommodation as well as Tours and Social Events can be booked conveniently during the online registration process, or you may update your registration with Accommodation and/or Tour and Social Event Participation once your travel arrangements are made.

Everything at your fingertips
Visit the ISH 2010 website for detailed information on the Meeting including Scientific Program, Registration, Abstract Submission, Accommodation, Tours and Social Events. The Main Announcement is available on the website as a pdf download to review at your leisure.

Aussie dinner at ISH 2010
The Aussie dinner at ISH 2008 in Berlin was so successful that a similar event is planned for 2010. On the evening of Tuesday September 28 at a great restaurant on the waterfront. The cost will roughly be AUD100. Please email hbprca@meetingsfirst.com.au now to advise if you are likely to attend and how many tickets you will need.

Register now: Whistler Satellite Symposium – Pathogenesis of Hypertension


Articles of Interest

An enterprising student – Melodie Shiue, recently approached the HBPRCA regarding her thesis project, I am researching on how stroke and cardiac attacks can be intervened by means of a product concept; targeted at parous women above the age of 35. This wearable product could possibly monitor blood pressure or pulse wave velocity continuously; while the data is stored and wirelessly sent to the user’s doctor. Simultaneously the device can also detect when blood flow is blocked (i.e. stroke / heart attack occurs) and alerts the nearest hospital for immediate clinical aid. If you are interested in collaborating with Melodie, … read more


HBPRCA would like to acknowledge the support of the following companies:

Corporate Members

Corporate Sponsors


Meetings in 2010

6th International Congress of Pathophysiology
22 – 25 September 2010
Click here for meeting website
Asia Pacific Conference on Metabolic Syndrome (APCMS 2010)
6 – 7 November 2010
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Meetings in 2011

8th Asian-Pacific Congress of Hypertension 2011 (8th APCH 2011)
24 – 27 November 2011
Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Taiwan
Click here for meeting website