As the 2012–2014 Chair of the Council on Hypertension of the American Heart Association, I want to welcome you to another exciting year of activities and opportunities for our Council.
The mission of the Council on Hypertension is "to foster excellence in high blood pressure 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. Therefore, reducing the enormous mortality and morbidity 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 Fall Scientific Conference, consisting of 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. The fall conference presentations are published in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. 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. Rhian Touyz, Past Chair, and Dr. Christopher Wilcox, 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.
Gregory D. Fink, PhD, FAHA
Chair, Council on Hypertension