History of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia
The HBPRCA was formed in 1979 after consultation with senior members of the Australian hypertension research community, led by Professors Paul Korner and Austin Doyle. The initial Steering Committee consisted of A E Doyle (Chairman), P I Korner (Secretary), C I Johnston (Treasurer), B A Scoggins, D A Denton, P Kincaid-Smith, J P Chalmers, G W Boyd, G S Stokes, L Beilin, and R Gordon. The Constitution was adopted in 1980 and the Council became an Incorporated Association in 1993.
On 17 November 2022, HBPRCA was officially registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee with the new name of Hypertension Australia Ltd. This change was enthusiastically supported by the membership with the transitional Board leading the new mission and vision of the organisation.
Hypertension Australia constitution v1 17 November 2022 to view the current constitution.
The Council have been honoured by the distinguished persons who served as President.
Austin E Doyle 1979 -1983
John P Chalmers 1984 -1986
Paul Korner 1987 – 1989
Colin I Johnston 1990 – 1992
Lawrie Beilin 1993 – 1995
Warwick P Anderson 1996 – 1998
Judith Whitworth 1999 – 2001
Garry Jennings 2002 – 2004
Stephen B Harrap 2005 – 2010
Jaye Chin-Dusting 2011 – 2016
Michael Stowasser 2017 – 2019
Markus Schlaich 2020- 2022
November 2022 HBPRCA became Hypertension Australia Ltd.
Chairman of the Board
Markus Schlaich 2022 – 2023 (Transitional Board)
Annual Scientific Meetings
The Foundation Meeting of Council was held on 14 December 1979, at the University of Melbourne with Professor Austin Doyle acting as the inaugural Chairman. 47 Foundation members attended the inaugural meeting. Professor Alberto Zanchetti was the inaugural guest lecturer at the foundation meeting, and he became the first Honorary Life Member of the Council. The meeting has grown over the intervening years, but remains the premier meeting for the discussion of research on hypertension epidemiology, causes, mechanisms, prevention and treatment.
In 1991, the invited lecture presented by an international speaker was named the R D Wright Lecture in honour of Professor Emeritus Sir Roy Douglas Wright AK, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to research. The RD Wright named lecturer is an international researcher in hypertension, who is well known and respected.
In 1993, in honour of Professor Austin E Doyle, the inaugural Chairman of the Council, a lecture to be presented by an outstanding Australian or New Zealander was named the Austin Doyle Lecture in recognition of Professor Doyle’s outstanding contribution to hypertension research both in Australia and internationally. The Austin Doyle named lecturer is a national speaker and external to the field of hypertension. To commemorate the contribution to the Council of Dr Robert Vandongen, a ‘Bob Vandongen Travel Award’ was established in 1993 to facilitate the travel of young investigators from Western Australia.
The Foundation for High Blood Pressure Research Colin I Johnston Lectureship was introduced in honour and recognition of Colin’s leadership and contributions to the Council and Foundation. The Colin Johnston name lecturer is to be a young, but established, investigator with international success who is a current HBPRCA Member.
|No.||Year||Venue||R D Wright Lecturer||Austin Doyle Lecturer||Colin I Johnston Lecturer|
|13||1991||Adelaide||Graham MacGregorM. Schalekamp|
|17||1995||Melbourne||Pierre Corvol||John Shine|
|18||1996||Melbourne||Loring Rowell||Stephen MacMahon|
|19||1997||Fremantle||Takao Saruta||Wendy Hoy|
|20||1998||Melbourne||Suzanne Oparil -Keynote: Martha Hill||Grant Sutherland|
|21||1999||Melbourne||David Webb||Nick Nicola|
|22||2000||Sydney||Alan Lopez||Robert Graham|
|23||2001||Melbourne||Peter de Leeuw||Max Bennett|
|24||2002||Melbourne (AHMRC)||Arya Sharma||Chris Goodnow|
|25||2003||Melbourne||Ernesto Schiffrin Keynote: Ian Wilkinson||Robert Lewis|
|26||2004||Sydney (AHMRC)||Yutaka Imai||Peter Doherty|
|27||2005||Melbourne||Anna Dominiczak||Terry Dwyer||Shaun Jackson|
|28||2006||Brisbane||Freidrich Luft||John Mattick||Mark Febbraio|
Keynote: Lars Lindholm
|Ian Frazer||Tien Wong|
|30||2008||Melbourne||Carlos Ferrario||David Sinclair||Bruce Neal|
|31||2009||Sydney||Frans Leenen||Michael Cowley||Alex Brown|
|32||2010||Melbourne||David Harrison||David Celermajer||Anthony Ashton|
|33||2011||Perth||Peter Rothwell||Rob Parton||Martin Ng|
|34||2012||Sydney (Hypertension Sydney)||Eric Olson||Peter Doherty||Chris Sobey|
|35||2013||Melbourne (joint with AAS)||William Sessa||Simon McKeon||Markus Schlaich|
|36||2014||Adelaide (joint with AAS, AVBS, ASCEPT-CV, ISCP)||Rhian Touyz||Brian Schmidt||Tom Marwick|
|37||2015||Melbourne, AMREP||Michael Joyner||Steve Simpson||Gemma Figtree|
|38||2016||Hobart (joint with AAS and AVBS)||Nilesh Samani||Alan Cooper||Chris Semsarian|
|39||2017||Melbourne, Victoria University||David Ellison||Caroline McMillen||Fadi Charchar|
|40||2018||Stamford Hotel, Glenelg, SA||Stephane Laurent||Melissa Little||James Sharman|
|41||2019||Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre||Alta Schutte||Ingrid Scheffer||Grant Drummond|
|42||2020||Virtual||Martha Gulati||Suzanne Cory||Elisabeth Lambert|
|43||2021||Virtual||Neil Poulter||Clare Collins||Clara Chow|
|44||2022||Melbourne Business School||Tazeen Jafar||Laura Mackay||Rebecca Ritchie|