Proceedings of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research, 2000
This issue of Hypertension contains selected manuscripts based on presentations made at the 54th Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research. The meeting was held in Washington, DC, October 24 through 27, 2000. The conference was preceded by the Workshop on Growth and Death of Cardiovascular Cells: Mechanisms and Implications for Cardiovascular Remodeling and Injury, which was organized by Dr Alberto Nasjletti. The program for the conference included 79 oral presentations and 206 posters that were selected from the 468 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 133 manuscripts submitted, and 81 were accepted for publication. Manuscripts were reviewed by two referees and a section editor. Only the manuscripts that were highly meritorious and that required minor or no revision were accepted. Section editors were members of the Publications Committee of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research and included Abraham Aviv, Toshio Fujita, Kenneth Jamerson, Jose Eduardo Krieger, Daniel Levy, Thomas Lohmeier, L. Gabriel Navar, Leopoldo Raij, Mohan Raizada, Richard Roman, Donna Wang, Stephanie Watts, and R. Clinton Webb.
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 manuscripts. In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to Gregory Fink, Scott Supowit, and Ralph Watson for their assistance as ad hoc members of the Publications Committee. 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, Debby K. Smith and Irene S. Hebert. They provided 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 2000, Dr Friedrich Luft presented the annual Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecture; Dr Patrick J. Mulrow received the Council for High Blood Pressure Research Lifetime Achievement Award; Dr Patricia Turner received the 16th Annual Aventis Pharma Hypertension Research Clinical Fellowship Program Award; Dr Jane F. Reckelhoff received the Harry Goldblatt Award; and Drs Hans R. Brunner, Jay N. Cohn, and Haralambos Gavras received the Novartis Award for their hypertension research.
We will continue to strive to make this 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.