Proceedings of the XVIth Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension
This issue of Hypertension contains selected manuscripts based on presentations made at the XVIth Scientific Meeting of the Inter-American Society of Hypertension (IASH). The meeting was held in Cancun, Mexico, on April 17–21, 2005. The conference program included state-of-the-art lectures and 290 abstract presentations. 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 Martin Rosas, Gabriel Navar, Maria Helena de Carvalho, Jaime Herrera-Acosta, and Bruno Escalante, 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 89 manuscripts submitted and 23 (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 Unfortunately, many excellent manuscripts could not be published in the supplement.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 utilized this year to improve review process efficiency. 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, Friedrich C. Luft, Curt D. Sigmund, and Ernesto Schiffrin, 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, and Cindy Means, associate managing editor.
A number of awards were presented at the meeting of the IASH. We would like to congratulate Dr Artur Riberio for receiving the 2005 IASH Lifetime Achievement Award. Drs Daniel Gonzalez, Maria Franco, and Silvia Sookoian were the top 3 recipients of the Merck Sharp & Dohme Latin America New Investigator Award. More than 35 travel awards for new investigators were also presented at the meeting. We thank Merck Sharp & Dohme-Latin America; Council for High Blood Pressure Research of the American Heart Association; and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for their generous support of new investigators.
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 from other countries throughout the world.