High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia



HBPRCA Email Newsletter

June 2007


Some important announcements of up and coming events prompted a mini e-news, so I will take this opportunity to remind everyone to pencil in the dates for this year’s annual Scientific meeting in Adelaide 5-7 December.


ABSTRACT submission is now open!!!! (gasp, already?)


Some interesting late breaking Hypertension News

  • The CARDIA (Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young adults) has just reported from studying nearly 4000 subjects in a 15-year follow up that physical activity reduces the risk of developing hypertension (hazard rate ratio = 0.83) independent of race, sex, age, education, and family history of high blood pressure. (Parker ED, Schmitz KH, Jacobs DR, Jr., et al. Am J Public Health 97:703-9, 2007.)
  • The repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (Rest) has been discovered to inhibit expression of BNP and ANP and has been found to be lower in hypertrophied heart muscle. Augmentation of REST may provide a novel strategy to prevent cardiac hypertrophy. (Abstract 657.2 by Ooi Bingham and Wood, presented at the Washington Experimental Biology Meeting in April).
  • Researchers from Kentucky reported that subgroups of Male Sprague Dawley rats that show a greater increase in body weight to a moderate fat diet also have higher blood pressure, which is reversed by inhibiting neurons in the rostral ventrolateral medulla. These findings could not be explained by vascular reactivity or blood volume changes.  (Abstract #580.5 by Stocker Meador and Adams, Obesity-induced hypertension depends on neurons of the rostral ventrolateral medulla, presented at the Washington Experimental Biology Meeting in April).
  • Examining 300 subjects with metabolic syndrome, researchers in Venezuela found that restricting salt intake from 8 to 2 g/day reduced the incidence of hypertension from 24% to 8%. BP of non-hypertensive subjects with metabolic syndrome was also reduced by salt restriction. The study suggests that salt-sensitivity is a characteristic of the metabolic syndrome. (Hoffmann IS, Cubeddu LX. J Hum Hypertens 21:438-44, 2007).


With best wishes,


Associate Professor Geoffrey A Head



HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting

Abstract submissions and registrations are now open!


Please mark the following key dates in your diaries!

Abstract deadline 12 September 2007

Accommodation booking close 5 October 2007

Early bird registrations close 31 October 2007





Mark Metherell

May 19, 2007

Sydney Morning Herald


It may comfort Tony Abbott's adversaries to know that when he is raising their blood pressure, he's doing the same to his own circulatory system.


The Health Minister's blood pressure leaps higher when he is delivering a speech than when he goes on a 50-minute jog at 4am.


That's the finding of a blood pressure monitor Mr Abbott had fitted to his body for a day as his contribution to World Hypertension Day this week.


The gadget gave a running snapshot of his blood flow. Every 20 minutes, it pumped up then deflated a cuff on his arm, measuring and recording his blood pressure.


It revealed that the uber-fit minister averaged a very respectable 112/63, compared with the 120/70 average for a reasonably healthy person.


His blood pressure did briefly zoom into what the experts call the "red zone". And that wasn't when he was hoofing the northern beaches before dawn. It rose moderately then, but later in the day raced to 158/117 while he was delivering a routine talk. His audience was hardly nerve-racking, comprising 70-odd health people and Liberal Party members in Bendigo.

Shirt shrift … Tony Abbott fitted with a monitor to check his blood pressure.


"I don't think I committed any sensitivity crimes," Mr Abbott said. "There were no ill-considered jokes.”


The results gave him an insight into "how the body responds to stress … Obviously, for me at least, making a speech is a lot more stressful than going for a run."


But he was not surprised. Before a television interview or parliamentary question, he was conscious of "a bit of an adrenaline surge".


Associate Professor Karen Duggan, of the High Blood Pressure Research Council, said Mr Abbott's fitness could explain the lower reading when he was jogging. Even for a seasoned politician, public speaking could be "quite stressful".


But 80 per cent of Australians with elevated blood pressure did not get the treatment they needed to correct a condition that heightens risk of heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.


"There is a big treatment gap out there," Professor Duggan said.



FASEB Summer Conference on Neural Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Regulation

18 – 23 July 2007

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia


Please note that registrations for this meeting are still open. To get further information about this meeting, and to register, first go to: http://src.faseb.org/, then click on "Registration/application" on the list at the left. There you can then get information about conference fees. For more information about the conference program and/or to register, then select "Online application". This takes you to the list of conferences. Choose "Neural mechanisms in Cardiovascular Regulation" from this list, and click on that to download the conference program. To register, click on "Apply" in the column headed "General Applicants".



4th International Meeting: Molecular Pharmacology Of G Protein-Coupled Receptors

18 – 19 July 2007

Melbourne, Australia


Please note in your diaries that the 4th international "Molecular Pharmacology of G Protein-Coupled Receptors" meeting will be held on July 18th & 19th, this year - immediately after the IBRO meeting in Melbourne, Australia. This year's meeting is excellent, value for money, spanning two full 2 days, and will be held in Cossar Hall at the Victorian College of Pharmacy in Parkville.  The meeting features symposia presentations from 17 leading international researchers in the field plus expanded poster viewing and selected short talks. There will also be prizes for the best poster from a student, best poster from a post-doctoral researcher and best oral presentation from a student (short-listed from the abstracts). We are also delighted to announce that the conference will be formally opened by the Governor of Victoria, Prof. David de Krester, AC. 


Important final noteRegistration for students who will be presenting at the meeting is FREE.  


Please pass along this information to colleagues who may be interested in attending the meeting. 


Further details for the meeting can be found at: http://www.monash.edu.au/cmo/molecular/index.html 


We look forward to seeing you in July. 


Patrick Sexton and Arthur Christopoulos 

On behalf of the International and Local organising committees



The 2nd International Conference on Frontiers in Vascular Medicine

It is our great pleasure to announce that the Second Frontiers in Vascular Medicine meeting will be held between the 26 and 28 of October 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. The purpose of this scientific meeting is to bring together basic and clinical scientists with interests in vascular biology, disease and imaging, to address the recent advances in their areas of research and clinical work. The meeting also aims to promote active participation and more collaboration in the research of vascular biology and medicine amongst scientists and clinicians in universities, research institutes and hospitals.


On behalf of the Organizing Committee I am delighted to invite you to attend this scientific event.  For further information, visit http://www.frontiers-in-vascular-medicine.info/.


Looking forward to seeing you in Melbourne in October 2007.


Professor Paul M. Vanhoutte 

Scientific Chair

Head, Department of Pharmacology

Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

The University of Hong Kong, China



Realising your potential - a great future with education, science and training

The Department is currently recruiting for a range of new positions. To register your interest online, click here.


The recent Australian Government Budget highlighted a renewed focus on a range of portfolio initiatives in the education, science and training portfolios for which DEST is responsible.  As such, the Department urgently needs to recruit for a range of new positions in order to service these new business requirements. 


Interested and potential applicants are invited to lodge an expression of interest.  The positions will range from the APS4 to EL2 levels and will cover diverse roles including Programme Managers, Contract Managers, Policy Developers, Researchers and Analysts and Administrative Support officers. 


Further details about each of the levels (including role responsibilities) will be provided following the appearance of advertisements nationally in the Australian media on 16 June 2007. 





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HBPRCA would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of the following sponsors:









17th European Meeting on Hypertension

15 – 19 June 2007


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Europace 2007

24 – 27 June 2007

Lisbon – Portugal

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H.E.A.R.T UK 21st Annual Medical & Scientific Meeting

27 – 29 June 2007


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Key Advances in the Management of Hypertension

(joint RSM/BHS Meeting)

4 July 2007
Royal Society of Medicine, London

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FASEB Summer Conference on Neural Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Regulation

July 18-23, 2007

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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ESC Congress 2007

1 – 5 September 2007

Vienna – Austria

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Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Hypertension Society
24 – 26 September 2007
St. John’s College, Cambridge

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61st High Blood Pressure Research Conference 2007

26 – 29 September 2007

Tucson, AZ, USA

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2007 Cardiometabolic Health Congress

27 – 29 September 2007

Boston, MA, USA

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The 2nd International Conference on Frontiers in Vascular Medicine
26 – 28 October 2007

Rydges Hotel, Melbourne CBD

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High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting

5 – 7 December 2007

Adelaide, South Australia

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Western Pharmacological Society Meeting

27 – 31 January 2008

Kona Coast, Hawaii

Further information coming soon!


The International Conference on Fixed Combination in the Treatment of Hypertension and Dyslipidemia

7 – 10 February 2008

Budapest, Hungary

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2nd International Conference on Hypertension, Lipids, Diabetes and Stroke Prevention

6 – 8 March 2008

Prague, Czech Republic

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ISH 2008 – The 22nd Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension

14 – 19 June 2008

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Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Hypertension Society
24 – 26 September 2008
Queen’s College, Cambridge

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2nd International Symposium on Pheochromocytoma

17 – 20 September 2008
Queens College, Cambridge

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