eINFO Special Edition: CHC 2019 Highlights
Thank you to everyone for making our 8th annual Canadian Hypertension Congress a great success! Over 250 delegates attended the 2019 Canadian Hypertension Congress held September 25 - 28 in Edmonton, Alberta. Here are a few highlights from this year's stellar scientific program and conference.

Timothy Caulfield, 
Opening Ceremony Keynote Address

A record number of delegates attended the Opening Session, featuring Professor Timothy Caulfield, author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash. Professor Caulfield humorously outlined the challenges in asserting science-based care over celebrity culture in times of affluence, and was a top-rated session by Congress delegates.

Rapid Fire Innovation Sessions

New Rapid Fire Innovation Sessions featured the latest advances in the detection and management of hypertension and associated conditions with presentations by mmHG Inc., LifeSource, and PreCardix . Highly rated by delegates and requested recurring feature, this brand-new addition to the Congress gave organizations and individuals just ten minutes to present followed by five minutes of audience Q&A -- a rapid fire way for delegates to learn about advances in the hypertension field.

Addressing Challenges in Primary Care Patient Care      

Moderated by Dr. Richard Lewanczuk, a panel discussion addressed the challenges faced by primary care professionals in the management of hypertension. The pharmacist perspective delivered by Ms. Lonni Johnson, and the physician perspective delivered by Dr. Peter Hum, were rounded by Ms. Ada Vanderheide, the first-hand account of the patient's role in hypertension management care. The session gave attendees a look at the joint efforts of stakeholders involved in the holistic management of the whole patient's health.

Women in Hypertension Panel      

Addressing the unique systemic and structural barriers that women face in their respective fields, Hypertension Canada President Dr. Nadia Khan moderated a diverse panel of varied perspectives: from Dr. Doreen Rabi, Co-Chair of the Hypertension Canada Guidelines and champion of women in medicine; from Dr. Kim Kelly, winner of the Canadian Women in Medicine's 2019 Inspiring Woman Physician award; from Dr. Ulrike Muscha Steckelings, Chair of the International Society's Women in Hypertension Committee; and on encouraging male allies from Dr. Rob Gros, 2019 Canadian Hypertension Congress Co-Chair.

Young Investigator Forum      

Over 60 trainees attended the second annual Young Investigator Forum in partnership with the CIHR-Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health and the Canadian Vascular Network. Created by trainees for trainees, led by Kim Phan and Mandy Turner, the Young Investigator Forum featured career development sessions, presentation and interview tips, CV mentorship clinics, and opportunities to showcase their work and connect with peers and mentors for a successful future in hypertension research. 

Trainee Presentation Award Winners 

Congratulations to the 2019 Trainee Presentation Award winners:
Olga Berillo, Florence Liu, Richard Mah, André Michaud, Iara Nogueira, Lian Tian, and Andrew Woodman.
A special thank you to our Congress Sponsors and Supporters   

2019 Canadian Hypertension Congress Co-Chairs:
Dr. Alan Bell and Dr. Rob Gros
2019 Congress Scientific Program Committee:
Dr. Ross Tsuyuky (Chair)
JoAnne Arcand
Dylan Burger
Liz Casselman
Noriko Daneshtalab
Scott Garrison
Paula Harvey 
Swapnil Hiremath
Charlotte Jones
Julie Lavoie
Dorothy Morris
Raj Padwal
Ernesto Schiffrin
2019 Young Investigator Forum Faculty:
Dr. Dylan Burger and Dr. Rob Gros
2019 Young Investigator Forum Program Committee:
Kim Phan and Mandy Turner (Co-Chairs)
Asish Das Gupta
Paul Jurasz
Marie Lordkipanidze
Ryan Perry
Rafael Soares Godoy
Danchen Wu
Ping Xiong

Crystal Ceres
Communications Manager