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Interactive Workshop on Hypertension (30th Vascular Biology & Hypertension Symposium)

A brief description of the inaugural Workshop on Hypertension is provided below. We are collaborating with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)/Hypertension Disparities Reduction Program Partnership (HDR-PP) PCORI/HDR-PP Collaboration to Improve BP in the US Black Belt (UH2/3 HL130691) to recruit physicians and other healthcare providers from rural family practices in and surrounding the Alabama Black Belt region to participate in the workshop.

DAY 1 (Thursday, May 2, 2019) Interactive Workshop on Hypertension The Workshop will provide a foundation on HTN pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. This foundation will be built upon by integrating specific topics from the Workshop with detailed presentations and discussions during Days 2 and 3 of the VB&H Symposium. Workshop attendees will be trainees in basic, clinical and population science, as well as healthcare providers engaged in the care of patients with HTN and related comorbidities. The morning session involve interactive discussions of 1) animal models of HTN and how they inform development of treatments for human HTN and 2) current strategies of diagnosing and treating HTN, with emphasis on special patient groups, including African Americans, pregnant women and those with comorbidities. Afternoon sessions consist of interactive case studies of HTN with a “hands on” session devoted to practical strategies and techniques for more accurate BP measurement. Dr. Suzanne Oparil will present the Workshop Keynote Lecture, “The 2017 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults: What are they? Where did they come from? What do they mean to you?”.


  1. To improve the knowledge base of trainees in the epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment and outcomes of HTN.
  2. To provide participants with an opportunity to interact with experts in the science and practice of HTN medicine and to assist them in choosing mentors, programs and careers.
  3. To provide established investigators in HTN research with the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in discussion of current understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of HTN with trainees.
  4. To motivate healthcare providers, particularly those who care for underrepresented minority patients with HTN, to incorporate recent developments in HTN diagnosis and treatment into their everyday clinical practice.


Interactive Workshop on Hypertension – Target Participant Composition:

Trainees, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, in basic, clinical and population science.

Interested clinicians or basic scientists pursuing research in HTN and CVD.

Healthcare providers actively engaged in the care of hypertensive patients in rural family practice centers surrounding Birmingham, AL and in the Southeastern US Black Belt region.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 7:00am to 5:00pm
University of Alabama at Birmingham Vascular Biology and Hypertension Program (Division of Cardiovascular Disease)
Event Access: 
Open to the Public