It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 Canadian Hypertension Congress in Toronto, Ontario.
With over 300 dedicated health professionals and community stakeholders in attendance annually, the Congress is among Hypertension Canada’s most highly anticipated events. It is a time to reflect on the advances we’ve made as the leader in hypertension control and coalesce our goals as we move forward in the year ahead. At the fulcrum of our endeavours are the internationally recognized Hypertension Canada Guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and control of hypertension. These guidelines are powered by none other than our incredible team of hardworking scientists, clinicians and health care professionals who have collectively dedicated over 15,000 hours to the guidelines’ annual assessment, development, and implementation. We are extremely thankful for their commitment and generosity.
New to the Congress this year is the Young Investigator’s Forum, providing early career support to young researchers in the areas of career development and leadership skills development. This forum demonstrates our innovative spirit and dedication to experiential learning, as we aspire to foster the next generation of Canada’s hypertension community leaders.
Through our thought-provoking program, we hope the Congress will inform, engage and inspire you. We look forward to hearing your perspective at the many sessions and presentations throughout the Congress as we bring to you the latest science in the field of hypertension and related cardiovascular disease. I highly value the knowledge and experiences that dynamic minds bring to the table in hypertension research and believe our vibrant sense of community sets Hypertension Canada apart as a diverse and multi-faceted network.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Hypertension Canada, welcome to the Canadian Hypertension Congress, and thank you for enriching our community.
Nadia Khan, MD, MSc
President and Chair of the Board
Congress Chairs’ Welcome
Welcome to the 7th annual Canadian Hypertension Congress!
We pride ourselves in hosting Canada’s only national conference focused entirely on the prevention and control of hypertension and cardio-metabolic disease. In addition, our Congress is a celebration of Canada’s dynamic and vastly talented hypertension community -- people like you, who contribute vital research and clinical care, and work selflessly for improved diagnosis, treatment, and control. With such incredible expertise in our community, it is no wonder that Canada leads the world in hypertension control. And, we know we’ve much work ahead to maintain our leadership position.
During the Canadian Hypertension Congress, you’ll see the latest in hypertension research, and have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with over 300 dedicated professionals at various career stages. This year, we are immensely proud to hold our inaugural Young Investigator Forum, supported by CIHR’s Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health, and welcome trainees from across the country. We’re excited to host our trainees, and all of you, and hope you’ll take advantage of all the Congress has on offer.
This year’s scientific program was meticulously crafted to make access to information on Congress easily accessible. We encourage you to utilize our online platform and share your pictures and thoughts with us on Twitter with the hashtag #CHC17.
We are excited for Congress 2017 and look forward to another great year with you on board! On behalf of the Congress Planning Committee, welcome!
Ross Feldman, MD; Robert Gros, PhD
2017 Canadian Hypertension Congress