Proceedings of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 1999
This issue of Hypertension contains selected manuscripts based on presentations made at the 53rd Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, Council for High Blood Pressure Research. The meeting was held in Orlando, Florida, September 13 through 16, 1999. The conference was preceded by the Workshop on Channels and the Mechanism of Hypertension, which was organized by Alberto Nasjletti, MD. The program for the conference included 74 oral presentations and 173 posters, which were selected from the 444 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 the Proceedings issue of Hypertension. There were 115 manuscripts submitted, and 62 were accepted for publication. Manuscripts were reviewed by at least two referees and a Section Editor. Only the manuscripts that were judged to be of outstanding merit and that required minor or no revisions were accepted for publication in this issue. Section Editors were members of the Publication Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, and included George Bakris, MD; Toshiro Fujita, MD; Joseph R. Haywood, PhD; Jose E. Krieger, MD, PhD; Margot C. LaPointe, PhD; Daniel Levy, MD; Thomas E. Lohmeier, PhD; Hiroko Nishimura, MD; Leopoldo Raij, MD; Mohan K. Raizada, PhD; Donna Wang, MD; and R. Clinton Webb, PhD.
I am grateful to these committee members for the time and diligent efforts that they devoted to the evaluation of the submitted manuscripts. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to Gregory D. Fink, PhD; Scott Supowit, PhD; and Stephanie Watts, PhD, for their assistance as ad hoc members of the Publication Committee. I am also grateful for all who served as referees for the manuscripts. The timely review of the manuscripts has allowed the rapid publication of the proceedings. This rapid publication would not have been possible without the experience, hard work, and encouragement of Edward D. Frohlich, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Hypertension. This also required the dedicated support of the editorial staff of Hypertension: Debby K. Smith and Irene S. Hebert. They provided organization, hard work, advice, diligence, and support, and their efforts are greatly appreciated by the Publication Committee and the authors.
The Council meetings are also the occasion of several invited lectureships and awards. In 1999, Norman K. Hollenberg, MD, PhD, presented the annual Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecture; Myron H. Weinberger, MD, received the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Lifetime Achievement Award; David Geller, MD, PhD, received the 15th Annual Hoechst Marion Roussel Hypertension Research Clinical Fellowship Program Award; Dr. Craig H. Gelband received the Harry Goldblatt Award; and Dr. Richard P. Lifton received the 1999 Novartis Award for outstanding 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. Finally, I want to thank all members and guests who attended the Orlando meeting in spite of the imminent threat of hurricane Floyd. This resilience demonstrates the dedication of our scientific community and the national and international importance placed on our Council meeting.