Structure and Function of Large Arteries
The articles that follow in this issue of Hypertension represent part of the proceedings of a special symposium, the “Second Workshop on Structure and Function of Large Arteries,” a program organized by Professor Michel Safar at the Lutetia Hotel in Paris on January 20 and 21, 1995. This workshop was organized in the context of a special Biomed Program of the European Community and corresponded also to an educational grant-in-aid by Servier Laboratories.
When Professor Safar contacted the journal over a year in advance to determine our interest in publishing this program, we initiated discussions with Professor Safar and the American Heart Association staff. Dr Safar gave us total assurance that each of the papers submitted for publication would be subjected to the same peer review process for all manuscripts submitted to Hypertension, that this peer review process would involve the prior selection of journal-approved reviewers, and that there would be no special journal supplement for this workshop. Professor Safar agreed to serve as Guest Editor and to work closely with me at each step to assure no breach in our communications. Moreover, he and his grantor agreed to discuss with the American Heart Association, in advance and independent of the journal editors, all financial arrangements for this publication. Each of these administrative stipulations was agreed to by Professor Safar.
Dr Safar immediately organized a team of Associate Guest Editors: Hans Brunner, MD, Lausanne, Switzerland; Giuseppe Mancia, MD, Milan, Italy; Stephane Laurent, MD, Paris, France; and Michael O’Rourke, MD, Darlinghurst, Australia. The Associate Guest Editors then selected in advance and with prior agreement reviewers to review the manuscripts. The workshop participants/authors all came to the meeting with their manuscripts and copies, which were immediately mailed to the reviewers at the conclusion of the workshop. As a result of this remarkable organization by Dr Safar, those papers that passed the review process after appropriate and re-reviewed revision were all forwarded to the American Heart Association office for publication by April.
The workshop was organized according to the following topics: wave reflections, arterial stiffness, and antihypertensive therapy; arteries in atherosclerosis and related metabolic disorders; and genes and the arterial wall. Twenty-nine papers will be included in the proceedings of the workshop; they will be published according to the foregoing general topics in successive issues of the journal, with the workshop appropriately identified within the flow of the journal.
We hope our readers will be as impressed and challenged as the journal’s editor and guest editors by the increasing diversity of the techniques and expertise of this maturing investigative field of large artery involvement and function in hypertension research. We believe that the articles reflect a new departure by the journal to serve as a valuable and comprehensive forum that reflects new technologies, ideas, and areas of investigation of hypertension research. If this new format sounds a responsive chord in our readers, please let us know so that we can respond positively to other similar proposals should they arise.