Proceedings of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 1997
This issue of Hypertension contains selected manuscripts based on presentations made at the 51st Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research. The meeting was held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC, from September 16 through 19, 1997. The conference was preceded by the Workshop on Vascular Biology and Hypertension: From Molecules to Humans, which was organized by Drs John E. Hall. R. Clinton Webb, and Willa Hsueh. The program for the conference included 80 oral presentations and 196 posters that were selected from the 525 submitted abstracts. These presentations, which were judged the best hypertension research, covered a variety of topics from genetics, molecular biology, receptors, vascular biology, and signal transduction to clinical hypertension and obesity. All presenters were encouraged to submit a manuscript for consideration for publication in this proceedings issue of Hypertension. There were 129 manuscripts submitted and 66 were accepted for publication. Manuscripts were reviewed by two referees and a Section Editor. Only the manuscripts that required minor or no revisions were accepted for publication in this issue. Section Editors were members of the Publications Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research and included Kenneth M. Baker, George Bakris, Gary H. Gibbons, David R. Harder, Joseph R. Haywood, Joseph L. Izzo. Howard Jacob, Margot LaPointe, Thomas E. Lohmeier, and James R. Sowers.
I am grateful to these committee members for the time and diligent efforts that they devoted to the evaluation of the submitted manuscripts. I am also grateful to all who served as referees for the manuscript. The timely review of the manuscripts has allowed the publication of the proceedings within 4 months of the meeting. This rapid publication would not have been possible without the experience, hard work, and encouragement of Dr Edward D. Frohlich, Editor-In-Chief of Hypertension. This also required the dedicated support of the editorial staff of Hypertension, Annie L. Rivera, Debby Smith, and Irene S. Lieberman. They provided the organization, hard work, advice, and diligence, and their efforts are greatly appreciated by the Publications Committee and the authors.
The Council meetings are also the occasion of several invited lectureships and awards. In 1997, Dr Alberto Nasjletti presented the annual Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecture, Dr Norman Kaplan received the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr W. Reid Litchfield received the 13th Annual Hoechst Marion Roussel Hypertension Research Clinical Fellowship Program Award, Drs Kristof Graf and Sandra L. Pfister received the Harry Goldblatt Award, and Drs Oscar A. Carretero, Allen W. Cowley, Jr., and Donald D. Heistad received the 1997 Novartis Award for Hypertension Research.
We will continue to strive to make this supplemental issue to Hypertension a valuable and comprehensive forum that showcases the latest developments and advances in the field of hypertension research. To this end, we will continue to feature full-length, peer-reviewed research articles that are published in a timely manner.