Proceedings of the XVth Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension
This issue of Hypertension contains selected manuscripts based on presentations made at the XVth Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension (IASH). The meeting was held in San Antonio, Texas, April 27–30, 2003. The program for the conference included 77 oral presentations and 315 posters. These presentations covered a variety of topics, ranging from molecular genetics and vascular biology to clinical and epidemiological aspects of hypertension. On behalf of all the IASH members, I congratulate the meeting organizers, Drs John E. Hall, Ernesto L. Schiffrin, and Claude Lenfant, for organizing a highly successful and informative scientific meeting.
Participants of the IASH meeting were encouraged to submit manuscripts for publication in this proceedings issue of Hypertension. Most of the manuscripts were reviewed by 2 referees and the editors. There were 132 manuscripts submitted and 34 (26%) accepted for publication. Because of budget and time constraints, only the manuscripts that were highly meritorious and that required minor or no revisions were accepted. Unfortunately, many excellent manuscripts could not be published in the supplement.
Online submissions and reviews were initiated this year. Referee assignments and reviews were conducted electronically. The editors of Hypertension were especially valuable this year in expediting the online review process and maintaining the same high standards held for regular submissions to Hypertension. I want to thank the editor-in-chief, Dr John E. Hall, and the associate editors of Hypertension, Drs Celso E. Gomez-Sanchez, Daniel W. Jones, Friedrich C. Luft, and Curt D. Sigmund, for their efforts in producing this supplement in a timely and efficient manner.
I would also like to thank all of the referees who contributed to the conscientious and timely reviews of the manuscripts. The referees who have contributed to this supplement are listed below. Finally, this supplement would not have been possible without the dedicated support of the editorial staff of Hypertension, Gerry McAlpin, managing editor.
In closing, I hope that the Proceedings of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension continues to be a valuable and comprehensive forum that showcases the latest advances in the field of hypertension research, not only from Latin and North America, but also from other countries throughout the world.
THANKS TO REFEREES
Paul-Andre de Lame
L. Lee Hamm
Joseph R. Haywood
R. Davis Manning
Ann McLaren Dorrance
J. Howard Pratt