High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia

HBPRCA Special E-news – June 2011

Greetings from Rob Widdop and the HBPRCA Executive


Greetings from the e-news desk. Two special items for this short e-news, plus the ISH 2012 reminder!  Firstly, congratulations to Amanda Rickard for receiving recognition of her research. And for all those wishing to further their research careers, why not consider applying for a Foundation for High Bloood Pressure Research Fellowship.Rob Widdop, HBPRCA Secretary

ISH 2012

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.

  • Are you going to ESH? Thanks to those who volunteered to help out during breaks at the stand. Everyone attending is welcome to turn up and show off their broad Aussie accents and friendly persona.
  • Are you under 40 and willing to be part of the ISH 2012 New Investigator Ambassador Program? The Organising Committee would very much like to attact New Investigators from around the world, and need your help to promote the meeting, with ideas which might appeal to those of similar age and, let’s be real, with the new technology. A great line on your CV …. to be involved, please email the secretariat
  • Have you included the logo in your email signature or made sure you have the slide for use in presentations? All members are encouraged to use these images whenever possible

Congratulations Amanda Rickard

AmandaRickardAmanda Rickard yesterday (June 6) received a commendation in the 2011 Victorian Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research – along with $8,000 and a certificate for her work from the Premier of Victoria at Government House.

Amanda, a member of the HBPRCA since 2005 during her time at the Prince Henry’s Institute and currently at The National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) Paris Cardiovascular Research Centre, has been focusing her attention on the role of the steroid hormone receptor, mineralocorticoid receptor (MR), in both heart failure and high blood pressure.

The research has attracted worldwide attention because of the high burden of heart disease on almost every country’s economy. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, killing one Australian nearly every ten minutes. Heart failure affects around 300,000 Australians with 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year. About eight per cent of all prescriptions in general practice are to treat high blood pressure.

According to Amanda, recent large scale clinical trials have shown that people with heart failure show marked improvement in their health after taking medication that blocks the MR together with their standard medication. Her studies showed that by removing the MR from inflammatory cells or cardiac muscle cells, protects the heart from inflammation, fibrosis and hypertension caused by high levels of the steroid hormone aldosterone and salt. She also found that when the MR is removed from blood vessel cells, inflammatory cells are not able to invade the heart tissue and cause disease.

These discoveries have received international attention because they more clearly define the role of MR in different cells, and show potential for new high blood pressure and heart disease treatments. Her work has been published in Hypertension and Endocrinology.

Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research  Fellowship


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 please contact:

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

Applications close on Friday 26 August 2011

Late applications will not be considered

Meetings in 2011 and 2012

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 APSH invite HBPRCA members to attend. To assist the attendance of young investigators (<45y) there are a number of young investigator awards ($1000US) together with complimentary registration. There is also a Young Investigators Award ($1000US) for the best oral presentation. Details about the meeting can be obtained an www.apch2011.tw and the secretariat can be contacted on secretariat@apch2011.tw
2nd International Congress on Cardiac Problems in Pregnancy (CPP 2012) 17-20 May 2012
Berlin, Germany
Click here for information


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