Previous Events

HBPRCA hosted Hypertension Sydney (ISH) 2012

The HBPRCA was delighted to host the 2012 meeting of the International Society of Hypertension. Hypertension Sydney also incorporated the APSH biennial congress and attracted over 1700 delegates. The Organising Committee, led by Professor Garry Jennings, presented a superb meeting with quality presentations and excellent networking opportunities. Click here for photos.

GP Update – Perth December 2011 Webcast

HBPRCA is delighted to have hosted a clinical update meeting for GPs (Perth, 2011). To see any of the presentations, please click here. All the presentations are viewable via iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Blackberry aMSDs well as standard internet. This webcast has been made possible through an educational grant from MSD.

  • Peter Rothwell: Blood pressure variability: diagnostic,therapeutic and prognostic implications.
  • Bruce Neal: How to best assess BP Office vs AOBP vs home vs ABPM.
  • Eduardo Pimenta: Optimal Combination therapy for hypertension
  • Michael Stowasser: Aldosterone and CV risk
  • Markus Schlaich: Renal sympathetic denervation: current status and implications

Previous ASM Reports

36th Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 Click here to view photos from Adelaide

35th Annual Scientific Meeting 2013

34th Annual Scientific Meeting 2012 (Hypertension Sydney 2012)

33rd Annual Scientific Meeting 2011

32nd Annual Scientific Meeting 2010

31st Annual Scientific Meeting 2009

30th Annual Scientific Meeting 2008

29th Annual Scientific Meeting 2007

28th Annual Scientific Meeting 2006

27th Annual Scientific Meeting 2005

36th Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2014 HBPRCA ASM was part of State of the Heart 2014 – the annual scientific meetings of the International Society of Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy (ISCP), the Australian Atherosclerosis Society (AAS), the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA), and the Australian Vascular Biology Society (AVBS), in conjunction with the Cardiovascular Special Interest Group of the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT CV-SIG).

The joint meeting with AAS, AVBS and ISCP offered something for everyone and hopefully will facilitate provide some good memories and more joint meetings in the future. The overwhelming view seemed to be that there were so many interesting talks it was hard to know what to attend. In our own sessions the invited Colin Johnston lecture given by Tom Marwick and the RD Wright lecture given by Rhian Touyz were very well received. The Austin Doyle lecture given by Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt was truly inspiring. I’ m sure many of us, if we’d heard such a lecture as students, may have contemplated a career studying exploding stars rather than one in medical research.

I was very pleased to see so many excellent abstracts from our students and young investigators, these abstracts contributed to the majority of oral presentations and were of a very high standard. Congratulations to the young investigator and student oral and poster award winners and to the finalists. You continue to make the judges job of selecting a winner very difficult.

  • Student Oral Presentation and winner of the AHA-HBPR award: Katrina Mirabito, Monash University
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the BHS award:Yugeesh Lankadeva, Monash University and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Susan Morton, Australian National University
  • Student Poster Presentation: Isabella Tan, Macquarie University

Click here for Program/Abstract book

35th Annual Scientific Meeting

Anne Barden and Jim Sharman’s Report – December 2013

The 2013 Annual Scienitifc Meeting was a joint meeting with AAS held for the first time in the Baker-IDI lecture complex. The meeting provided the opportunity for the two societies to exchange ideas and examine how we might strengthen our collaborations. The RD Wright lecture was given by Professor William Sessa, the Austin Doyle lecture by Simon McKeon and the Colin Johnston lecture by Marcus Schlaich. A GP education evening and Webinar on blood pressure management issues was well attended.

Congratulations to the student and early career oral and poster presentation winners:

  • Student Oral Presentation and and winner of the CHBPR award: Emily Stevenson, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the BHS award: Andrew Bulmer, Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Claudia McCarthy, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Student Poster Presentation: Shalini Krishina, Monash University, Melbourne

Abstracts from the 35th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia and the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australian Atherosclerosis Society. Hypertension. 2014; 63:e140-e173. Click here for link.

34th Annual Scientific Meeting – Hypertension Sydney

Anne Barden and Jim Sharman’s Report – November 2012

The 24th meeting of the International Society of Hypertension combined the 9th Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension (APSH) and the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council Of Australia (HBPRCA) – “Hypertension Sydney 2012″. The commitment of Hypertension Sydney 22012 to the coming generations and global development was reflected in the theme: “The future of Cardiovascular Protection”.

Hypertension Sydney ran from September 30 – October 4. The meeting was very well attended with a large number of related satellite meetings that were also well attended.

Over 1100 (1121) abstracts were included in the final program – 58 Invited presentations, 201 Oral presentations, 862 Posters, including 59 Featured Posters (mini-orals)

The RD Wright lecture was given by Professor Eric Olsen. The Austin Doyle lecture by the Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty and the Colin Johnston lecture by Professor Chris Sobey.

Congratulations go to the HBPRCA members awarded student and early career oral and poster presentation winners:

  • APSH Young Investigator Oral Award: Joon (Kunjoon) Lim, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne
  • ISH New Investigator Poster Award: Ibrahim Salman, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • BHS Award: Max (Shiang) Lim, O’Brien Institute/University of Melbourne, Melbourne
  • CHBPR Award: Joon (Kunjoon) Lim, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne

Abstracts: http://www.jhypertension.com Vol 30 e-Supplement 1 September 2012

33rd Annual Scientific Meeting

Anne Barden and Jim Sharman’s Report – December 2011

The 2011 annual scientific meeting was held in Perth with a joint meeting day with AUPS and ASCEPT on the first day. Our three invited lecturers Professor Peter Rothwell from Oxford University (RD Wright Lecture), Professor Rob Parton from University of Queensland (Austin E Doyle Lecture) and Dr Martin Ng (University of Sydney) (Colin I Johnston Lecture) all gave outstanding lectures. The dinner combined delegates from the three societies and was a great success.

We would like to congratulate the student and early career oral and poster presentation winners:

  • Student Oral Presentation award and winner of the BHS award: Francine Coehlo Marques, University of Sydney/Ballarat
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the CHBPR award: Brad Broughton, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Song Yao, Florey Neuroscience Institutes, Melbourne
  • Student Poster Presentation: Benjamin Wyse, Macquarie University, Sydney

The HBPRCA also hosted a GP evening prior to the ASM which was well attended with presentations given by Michael Stowasser, Bruce Neal, Eduardo Pimenta, Markus Schlaich and Professor Peter Rothwell.

Abstracts From the 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Hypertension. 2012;60:487-502, doi:10.1161/HYP.0b013e3182602164 Click here for link

AUSSIE DINNER AT ISH 2010

Picture this: a perfect sun setting over English Bay in Vancouver City, gentle breezes, a balcony and pine trees on the shoreline and you have the setting for another highly successful Aussie Dinner at an ISH meeting.

With over 60 people, fine wines, delicious local fare and terrific company, this veritable institution of off-shore ISH gatherings lived up to expectations.

Our world renowned photographers were out in force to record the occasion and some of their images are linked (4.4mB). You can glean just how much over 60 people and the occasional very welcome Honorary Aussie were enjoying themselves. At what a youthful and attractive bunch we are!

Although we are getting excited and busy about Hypertension Sydney 2012, some are concerned that we won’t be having an Aussie Dinner. Fear not, if Melbourne 1994 is any example, the social functions will be Aussie Dinners and more!

32nd Annual Scientific Meeting

Kate Denton’s Report – December 2010

A fantastic meeting and memorable dinner, the penguins were fascinating to observe and quite a conversation starter! The RD Wright lecturer, David Harrison, gave a memorable presentation, as did the Doyle and Johnston lecturers, David Celermajer and Anthony Ashton, respectively. We were also fortunate this year to have two pre-meeting events, the Judy Whitworth Festschrift and the Ambulatory Blood Pressure workshop, both well attended and of an excellent standing.

This year Fu Ng, the British Hypertension Society Prize winner and Christian Delles, the American Council for High Blood Pressure Goldblatt Prize Winner gave presentations that significantly enhanced the meeting and we thank them for their contribution. I would also like to congratulate all our prize winners:

  • Student Oral Presentation award and winner of the CHBPR award: Danielle Michell, Baker IDI, Melbourne.
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the BHS award: Eduardo Pimenta, Princess Alexandra, Hospital, Brisbane.
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Daniela Sartor, Department of Medicine, Austin Health.
  • Student Poster Presentation: Erin O’Callaghan, University of Melbourne.

In the new year the NEW executive committee will finalise the invited speakers for next years meeting in Perth. I wish them all the best!

Abstracts From the 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the HBPRCA. Hypertension. 2011;58:114-132, published online before print May 9 2011, doi:10.1161/HYP.0b013e3182190959. Click here for link

31st Annual Scientific Meeting

Kate Denton’s Report – December 2009

Luna Park may have been a little difficult to find on the first day, but what a view! Also, it was great to get a bit of sea and sky in the tea breaks! The meeting went very smoothly and the membership as a whole continues to give presentations of a very high standard. In addition, the presentations of Frans Leenen, Michael Cowley and Alex Brown for our Wright, Doyle and Johnston Lecturer’s respectively, were a highlight. We will shortly begin the search for next year’s speakers and will be asking the membership for suggestions in the New Year.

I would like to thank Mark Glover, University of Cambridge, the BHS Awardee for an excellent presentation. I would also like to congratulate are own prize winners:

  • Student Oral Presentation award and winner of the CHBPR award; Sonia Tesanovic, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the BHS award; Melanie Armitage, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Sarah Hennebry, Baker IDI
  • Student Poster Presentation: George Lindesay, Macquarie University.

Finally, the winners of the new category the Student’s Choice Best Poster Award are to be congratulated:

  • Larissa Prior – Baker IDI
  • Rajan Poudel – University of South Australia
  • Sabrina Lee – Baker IDI
  • Oksan Gezmish – Monash University
  • Benjamin Barzel – Baker IDI
  • Francine Coelho Marques – University of Sydney
  • Mi Ok Kim – Macquarie University
  • Martin Schultz – Menzies Research Institute
  • Melissa Inglott – Macquarie University
  • Mojtaba Golzan – Macquarie University

Abstracts From the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Hypertension. 2010;55:1492-1513, doi:10.1161/HYP.0b013e3181df4279 Click here for link.

30th Annual Scientific Meeting

Kate Denton’s Report – December 2008

What a busy week! I hope that everyone came away from the meeting with a sense that it was a ‘good’ (an English understatement) meeting. Certainly the Austin Doyle Lecturer by David Sinclair will go down as one of the best cross disciplinary lectures that I have heard, a well balanced mix of science, vision and humour. Equally Carlos Ferrario, as the RD Wright Lecturer gave us a brilliant history of the other peptides of the renin-angiotensin system; from the early times when few believed in a role for Ang(1-7), through the burgeoning evidence that this peptide is a major player in the RAS, to the evidence today that several Ang peptides are biologically active including a new player Ang(1-12). Our own Bruce Neal, the Colin Johnston Lecturer, gave an impassion talk highlighting the need to reassess how cardiovascular risk and therefore treatment is addressed in the future. We will have to look hard to match such an excellent set of speakers next year. All should give consideration to this and send in any suggestions!

I would also like to congratulate Justin Davies on an excellent, provocative and well defended presentation. I would also like to congratulate all our prize winners

  • Student Oral Presentation award and winner of the CHBPR award; Michael De Silva, Department of Pharmacology, Monash University
  • Early Career Investigator Oral Award and winner of the BHS award; Elena Velkoska, Austin Health, University of Melbourne
  • Early Career Investigator Poster Award: Rachael Dean, Austin Health, University of Melbourne
  • Student Poster Presentation (Joint winners): Sarah McCann, Bernard O’Brien Institute of Microsurgery and Amanda Rickard, Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research.

Finally, the winners of the new category the Student’s Choice Best Poster Award are to be congratulated Colleen Thomas, Erin O’Callaghan, Keith Ng, Wendy Ip, Claudia McCarthy, Sanja Bosnyak and Zanfina Ademi. I would particularly like to thank all the students and mentors (Robyn Woods, Roger Evans, Andrew Allen, Annemarie Henessey, Emma Jones, Simon McMullen, James Armitage and James Sharman). By all reports this initiative worked well and we intend to continue it next year. Any feedback on this process or suggestions for next year welcomed.

Abstracts From the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia: Melbourne, Australia December 3-5, 2008. Hypertension. 2009;53:1098-1123, doi:10.1161/01.HYP.0000350385.75052.4B Click here for link

29th Annual Scientific Meeting

Jaye Chin-Dusting’s Report – December 2007

When attending any conference (International or National) these days, I consider it worth the time when I can walk away with having heard a couple of outstanding plenaries and having gleaned a couple of new ideas for my own work. By this criterion, the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting held in conjunction with the ASCEPT-SEAWP meeting at the Adelaide Hilton last week was for me (and I hope for most of you) an outstanding success. The joint sessions on Oxidative Stress and Cardiovascular Genetics with ASCEPT-SEAWP saw international invite speakers the caliber of Stavros Selemedis (ASCEPT), our (my) own Greg Dusting, Julie Chan (Taiwan), Toru Nabika (Japan) and HBPRCA President Stephen Harrap mix it up with free oral communications from council members. The Austin Doyle Lecturer Ian Fraser delivered the sort of talk that I wish I could wrap up and take home to all researchers, students and our external stakeholders. It was an inspiring and generous presentation delivered with sincerity and what I marveled at most given Ian must be one of the most sought after speakers in the country – freshness. “The little prick” deserves all the accolades received thus far. Tien Wong, our Colin Johnston lecturer delivered a dynamic and accessible presentation on the “window to our circulation” and Guido Grassi, our most charming invited speaker from Milan delivered his RD Wright presentation on the neurogenic basis for hypertension with convincing flair.

This year we also had 3 “special lectures” where exceptions to the programme had been made for exceptional reasons. These gave an intellectual and scientific depth and gravitas to the meeting, which this year, quite without prior deliberation became very much a meeting of research translation and clinical application. The current president of ISH, Lars Lindholm “cut the crap and showed us his willy” by emphatically arguing that beta-blockers should no longer be first-line anti-hypertensive therapy, John Chalmers, presenting on behalf of many members of council revealed the findings of the ADVANCE trial (Lancet, 2007) and Paul Korner gave us a glimpse of the analytical prowess behind his book “Éssential Hypertension and Its Causes”. I bought a copy for the lab when it was first released and can verify that we dip into it often as a guiding tool.

The quality of the meeting never let slip with the young investigators in particular giving the experienced a run for their money. Tim Burton, BHS award winner impressed with his talk on the aldosterone response pathway. Claudia McCarthy (Monash University), student oral prize winner, won the award to go to the British Hypertension Society in an outstanding session of student presentations, Rae Chi Huang (University of Western Australia) was a double gold medalist winning the early career scientist oral award as well as the Robert Vandongen award, Sonja Tesanovic (Monash University) won the Student Moderated poster prize and Angela Makris (Heart Research Institute) the Clinical Science prize.

Memorable moments included Daniel Talmont’s off the cuff presentation to our student body where he generously offered them his services as mentor into a career in industry, his tango on the dance floor with our Corporate Liaison Louise Burrell, Michael Stowasser playing split personalities to chair his own talk in the genetics session and Ian Puddey landing a one-two in response to Brian Morris’ criticisms of his paper. It was a typically robust meeting, lightened with many moments of levity and collegiality. In my capacity as Program Secretary, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful support and participation these past 3 years and to wish the new Program Secretaries Kate Denton and Markus Schlaich all the very best in their future roles.

Abstracts From the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Proceedings of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hypertension. 2008;52:163-180, doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.108.009996 Click here for link.

28th Annual Scientific Meeting

Jaye Chin-Dusting’s Report

What a lot of fun! For me, the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the HBPRCA held in Brisbane last week was a memorable stand-out not only for the excellent science and robust discussions but indeed because I can’t remember when I last had such a lot of fun at a conference. Kudos to the local organisers, Malcolm West and Michael Stowasser for the provision of such a relaxed backdrop – Brisbane sure is a happening place.

The Science – Top of the pops was the RD Wright Lecture delivered with such class by Prof Friedrich Luft. Prof Luft took us all on a research journey in search of the genetic link between short digits and high blood pressure. The masterly telling of his story reminded us all what curiosity, sheer tenacity but mostly, intellectual imagination can yield. His approach, for me, truly highlights the best of what we are all trying to do. No doubt many will, like me, now await with bated breath for the final chapter in this sleuthing exercise. Prof Luft also showed the way with his staying interest throughout the entire meeting, and his thoughtful questions, all clearly provoked by genuine intellectual curiosity. A/Prof Mark Febbraio, the CI Johnston Lecturer, impressed with his vibrancy while Austin Doyle Lecturer Prof John Mattick whizzed us through a labyrinth of genetic biology.

Members of the council responded with equal fervour and robustness – highlights of which included the various Award Finalists sessions. The HBPRCA/BHS award (an invited talk at the BHS summer conference) went to Early Career Investigator James Sharman (University of Queensland), the Clinical Science Award to Rohit Ramchandra (Howard Florey Institute), the Students Oral Award to Amanda Sampson (Monash University) and the Poster Award to Ngan Huynh (Baker Heart Research Institute). Emma Mead, the BHS awarded investigator delivered her talk on kisspeptins with aplomb and proved herself another worthy ambassador for the BHS. Top of the many positive comments I received pertained to the moderated poster sessions, – which drew remarkably large audiences, all fascinated with how much information one can convey in 3 minutes. It is not with a little pride that I share with you Friedrich Lufts’ comments on how favourably impressed he was with the scientific calibre displayed by all at the meeting.

In closing this wrap up of the scientific section – can I ask that all members of the council mull over how we can top this year’s conference; nominations for our 2007 Invite Lecturers are now being sought.

The fun – where do I begin? I confess I was not present at all the happenings but my network tells me that social highlights included a marriage proposal at Australia Zoo (a big hug and all our very best wishes to young Emma Mead), karaoke at the local pub – I understand that Roger Evans and Harald Schmidt gave performances to die for and a Bar-B-Q dinner which led to a hunt for a very special undergarment (for those in the know – I’ll say no more; for those not in the know – there’s a clue in the photo archives).

That’s it from me. Take it easy on the roads and compliments of the season to you all.

Abstracts From the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Proceedings of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia 2006 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hypertension. 2007;49:1462-1481, doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.107.009421 Click here for link.

27th Annual Scientific Meeting

Jaye Chin-Dusting’s Report

The 2005 HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting (Dec 7-9th, Bio21 Melbourne) came and went with aplomb. It opened with a clinical session (Wednesday evening) on the Treatment of High Blood Pressure in the Complicated Patient (speakers: Mark Nelson, Karen Duggan, Mark Cooper) and a terrific update on evidence-based clinical trials delivered by Lawrie Beilin; talks which were well received by the 50-60 members of the audience who participated in robust discussions around the practical realities of the patient-doctor interface.

The meeting proper started off in an invigorating session chaired by Wally Thomas and featuring a great mix of members from the council ranging from students Nicola Smith and Jennifer Irvine to senior members the calibre of Di Nicolantonio and Christine Wright to an international participant Moe Kway Thu from Singapore. This egalitarian mix of presenters was reflected in almost all the sessions and allowed for great discussion of science without rank limitations. The Genetic Mouse Model Session followed and led into what proved to be the highlight of the meeting, the RD Wright Lecture delivered by Anna Dominiczak (Glasgow). The lecture was a tour de force and left many in the audience reeling from the sheer breadth and depth of the topic covered. Anna’s contribution to the rest of the meeting was also second to none and indeed infectiously increased the level of audience participation substantially. The Colin I Johnston Lecturer, Shaun Jackson and the Austin Doyle Lecturer, Terry Dwyer completed the trifecta. The Foundation Fellows also played no small part in contributing to the high quality of the meeting and the late but well-received presentation by Helena “just in the nick of time” Teede added a lightened bit of drama at the end of a long but satisfying day.

The two moderated poster sessions, chaired by Greg Dusting and Geoff Head, were memorable a) for successfully turning the focus back onto poster sessions; b) for reminding us all the supreme skill required for succinctly forwarding the gist of a presentation and c) for generating audience, and most pleasing, student participation during question time. We will endeavour to get the acoustics and visuals correct in future meetings but a big thank you to all presenters for gamely going through their strides in what was essentially a programming experiment. Congratulations to Ravina Ravi, Monash University (Young Investigator Poster Prize) and Morag Young, Prince Henry’s (Clinical Science New Investigator Winner) for their well-deserved wins. The contenders for the Young Investigators Oral Prize knew that the bar had been set following the invite presentation by British Hypertension Society winner Carmel McEniery, but indeed they all rose to the occasion magnificently with their own papers. There is only ever a single winner in any race however, and young Enzo Porello (Melbourne Uni/Baker Heart Research Inst), walked away with the reciprocal invite to the 2006 BHS conference. Congratulations are also due to Rai-Chi Huang for winning the Robert Vandongen Award.

It only remains for me to thank everyone for their warm and enthusiastic participation in what was a collegiate but lively meeting. I am reminded of a remark made to me 15 years ago by a senior member of council at my first presentation to the society – to be warned: that the HBPRCA was not a battle-ground but neither was it play-school – and indeed the level of critical interest from all members of council shown at this 2005 meeting assures that the bar remains set. Personal thanks to Stephen Harrap for his guidance; meetingsfirst for their hard yakka and other members of the Exec Committee for their contribution.

Abstracts From the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia. Proceedings of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia 2007 Annual Scientific Meeting. Hypertension. 2008;52:163-180, doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.108.009996 Click here for link.