These special proceedings from the 58th Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure contain 29 of the best manuscripts of the 102 submitted. Actually, the majority of the manuscripts submitted were excellent; due to space limitations, those that needed major revisions could not be accepted. However, we anticipate seeing these manuscripts in the regular issues of the journal. The conference included 336 abstracts, 86 of which were selected for oral presentation.
As of last year, the electronic submission system was efficient and ran smoothly. Authors were given 2 extra weeks to submit their manuscripts. Overall, it is hoped that the additional time resulted in a nonrushed and more flawless communication. The Publication Committee, consisting of myself; Italo Biaggioni, MD, FAHA; Daniel F. Catan zaro, PhD, FAHA; Anna F. Dominiczak, MD, FAHA; Toshiro Fujita, MD, FAHA; Carmen Hinojosa-Laborde, PhD, FAHA; Edward W. Inscho, PhD, FAHA; Margot C. Lapointe, PhD, FAHA; Addison A. Taylor, MD, PhD, FAHA; Stephanie W. Watts, PhD; Michael Wyss, PhD, FAHA; George W. Booz, PhD; and Alan Y. Deng, PhD, FAHA; handled most of the manuscripts. The final decision was made by myself with the assistance of the Hypertension editor and associate editors, namely, Celso E. Gomez-Sanchez, MD; Joey P. Granger, PhD; Friedrich C. Luft, MD; Ernesto L. Schiffrin, MD, PhD; Curt D. Sigmund, PhD; and John E. Hall, PhD. All manuscripts were reviewed by a minimum of two referees and me. I feel we met the highest tradition of the Society and journal. The reviewers acted in an ethical and conscientious manner, providing detailed and insightful reviews. These individuals deserve our appreciation.
A number of invited lectures were given special acknowledgement, and several awards were made. Jorge H. Capdevila, PhD, and David G. Harrison received the distinguished 2004 Novartis Award for Hypertension Research (Figure 1). The 2004 Arthur C. Corcoran Memorial Lecturer Award was presented to Anna F. Dominiczak, MD, FAHA (Figure 2). Finally, the Harry Goldblatt Award in Cardiovascular Research was presented to Thomas E. Lohmeier, PhD (Figure 3).
The Publications Committee is dedicated to maintain, and if possible, enhance the special proceedings volume of Hypertension. We will continue to maintain the highest quality of publication and stay on the cutting edge of hypertension research. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve as guest editor.