HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting


We are delighted to announce the HBPRCA Annual Scientific Meeting is back this year from the 8th – 10th of December! The full website and program can be found HERE.

This year’s meeting will again be held in a virtual format, but we are excited to incorporate state-based hubs in which you and your colleagues will be able to get together to enjoy the ASM collectively. More information will come in due course regarding these hubs so keep an eye out in your inbox.

The theme of the program this year is “Prevention”. As such, this year’s program is set to be jammed packed, including the following distinguished named lecturers:

R.D. Wright Lecturer, Professor Neil Poulter: is a Professor of Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine at Imperial College London.  He qualified at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1974, following which he trained in General Medicine. He is the Chief Investigator of the May Measurement Month, an annual global blood pressure screening initiated by the International Society of Hypertension. Prof. Poulter has published over 500 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals and between 2008-2018, he was among the top 0.1% most cited researchers.

Colin I Johnston Lecturer Professor Clara Chow: is a Professor of Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, Academic Director of the Westmead Applied Research Centre and Academic Co-Director of Charles Perkins Centre Westmead. She is a Cardiologist and Clinical Lead Community Based Cardiac Services at Westmead hospital and President of the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.  Prof Chow leads a research program focused on innovation for health service provision and clinical management of cardiovascular disease prevention.

Austin Doyle Lecturer Professor Clare Collins: is a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics in the School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle. As the most successful research dietitian in Australia, she has been awarded over $21 million dollars in research grants and has published over 300 manuscripts. Her innovative and world leading research creates new technologies to evaluate nutrition and dietary intake, and how improving nutrition, diet quality, food patterns can facilitate improved weight and health across all ages and for those with chronic health conditions.

Key dates for abstracts are as follows:

Registration and Abstracts open 1st of August

Abstracts close 1st of October.

Notification of acceptance / oral vs poster 5th of November

Abstracts withdrawn for non-registration 19th of November

Important links: 

ASM Website

Registration Website Please note: you will need to create a new user account to register.

Abstract Submission

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please email Your Secretariat on or phone 02 4356 0007.


ECR Symposium

The HBPRCA cordially invites you to register for our FREE online ECR Symposium, to be held just prior to the Annual Scientific Meeting.

We are inviting all HBPRCA members to attend Session 1: Harassment at conferences. This a sensitive but important topic and we are hoping that members will learn and feel more prepared to deal with harassment. Prof Rebecca Ritchie (Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences) will discuss her personal experiences. Ms Spomenka Krismanic (Health, Safety and Wellbeing Manager, La Trobe University) will run a workshop on how to identify harassment and where to get help.

We are extremely fortunate to have a number of experts from Australia including Prof Julie Redfern, A/Prof Francine Marques, Dr Niamh Chapman and Dr Dean Picone to discuss peer review and mentoring. Our expert career panelists to discuss career pathways post PhD include Dr Michael De Silva (Academia, La Trobe University), Dr Craig Don Paul (Consulting, Griffith Hack), Ms Julie Ann Mitchell (Policy making, Heart Foundation), A/Prof Rebecca Lim (Industry, Prescient Therapeutics) and Prof John Skerritt (Government, Head of TGA).

We will end with a casual networking and socializing session.

Date: Friday 3rd December

Time: 12.50pm AEDT – 4.00 pm AEDT

Location: Zoom (link will be sent following registration)

Register by clicking HERE 

Full program details are available HERE

Gut Microbiome and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium

Gut Microbiome and Cardiovascular Disease Symposium, a free satellite symposium of the High Blood Pressure Council Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) Annual Scientific Meeting, co-hosted by the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. The symposium will be a day-long online free event on the 7th of December 2021 (AEST time), with 16 presentations by leaders in the field, talks selected from abstracts, and a discussion about the future of the field.

It will cover general aspects about the gut microbiota, the microbiome and its relationship with diet, guidelines for design of studies, recent findings pertinent to both animal and human gut microbiota in hypertension and associated diseases, including stroke, heart failure, obesity, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. We also invite you to a discussion session about the next steps in research in this area, to drive associations to causation and translation.

International speakers include Prof Wilson Tang (Cleveland Clinic), Prof Bina Joe (Toledo University), Dr Annet Kirabo (Vanderbilt University College of Medicine), A/Prof Levi Waldron (City University of New York), and Prof Dominik Muller (Max-Delbrück-Center Berlin). National speakers include Prof Georgina Hold (UNSW), Dr Jeremy Barr (Monash University), Dr Maria Jelinic (LaTrobe University), Dr Revathy Carnagarin (UWA), A/Prof John O’Sullivan (USyd), Dr Anna Beale (Baker Institute), Dr Antony Vinh (LaTrobe University), Dr Bradley Broughton (Monash University), and A/Prof Melinda Coughlan (Monash University).

In partnership with the Journal of Human Hypertension, we invite attendees to submit their manuscripts to a special issue on the gut microbiome and cardiovascular disease.

Free registration:

We have some spots reserved for students and ECRs, abstracts that can be submitted here.

More info: and

Paediatric Blood Pressure Symposium

The HBPRCA invites you to join the free inaugural mini-symposium on blood pressure in children and adolescents being held on the 6th of December 2021 (8:00-14:30 AEDT). Please register for the symposium using the link below – note that this is a separate registration to that for the main ASM.

The meeting features 9 invited speakers, including 3 keynote lectures from high profile international leaders: Prof Joseph Flynn (Seattle Children’s Hospital), Eileen Brennan (Great Ormond St, London) and Prof Terry Dwyer (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute). The meeting will culminate in a roundtable discussion and official launch of the BPOzKids network, a multi-disciplinary national group of researchers, clinicians and industry representatives, whose purpose is to address the under-recognised and largely unaddressed problem of high blood pressure in Australian children.

Full program is available HERE.

Free Registration (required for in-person or Zoom attendance):

For more info, contact

Women in Hypertension Spotlight

The Women in Hypertension Session this year will highlight career journeys of both female and male early career researchers. New for HBPRCA ASM 2021, this session will be joined by the International Society of Hypertension Women in Hypertension Research Committee. The focus is “Current bias and stigma towards female researchers”, and includes an open panel discussion about how we can collectively and collaboratively overcome these prejudices. We will have breakout rooms’ moderators who are members of the ISH Women in Hypertension Research Committee. Dr Audrey Adji as the organiser and chair of the event, along with Dr Anastasia Mihailidou as co-chair, are looking forward to a fantastic session.

The Women in Hypertension Spotlight Session will be held at 12pm AEDT on the final day of the ASM, the 10th of December.

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