The mission of the Council on Hypertension is "to foster excellence in hypertension research and education" in order to achieve the American Heart Association’s goal “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke."
Hypertension is a critical risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, end-stage renal disease, and peripheral vascular disease in the U.S. and around the world. Indeed, the Global Burden of Disease study recently reported that hypertension was the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Therefore, reducing the enormous burden attributable to these conditions is highly dependent on improvements in our understanding of the causes of high blood pressure, and on development of more effective clinical management strategies.
If you are not yet a member of the Council on Hypertension, now would be an excellent time to join. As a member you will be eligible for members-only privileges, including publications, discounts and many more. In addition, you will have access to a multidisciplinary research, education and clinical network through the membership directory.
A particularly important activity of the Council on Hypertension is the Annual Council on Hypertension Scientific Sessions in the Fall. This hosts hundreds of oral and poster presentations on basic, clinical and population research related to hypertension. Many Council on Hypertension awards for established researchers, new investigators and young trainees are awarded at the annual meeting including the Excellence in Hypertension Research Award, the most prestigious award in this field. A number of new and exciting initiatives are planned for our Council in the coming years, including more trainee-oriented seminars/workshops, mentoring and outreach programs, partnerships with various other international hypertension research organizations, and strategic planning to review our accomplishments and set new goals for the future activities and scope of the Council.
Together with Dr. Greg Fink, Past Chair, and Dr. Joey Granger, Vice-Chair, I look forward to serving the members of the Council on Hypertension and to meeting and working with you over the next few years so that the objectives of our Council and the missions of the AHA will be successfully achieved.
Christopher S. Wilcox, MD, Ph.D., FRCP (UK), FACP, FAHA
Chair, Council on Hypertension