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Harry Goldblatt Award for New Investigators

Sponsored by the Council on Hypertension

Application window is Feb. 27–June 4, 2017

This program recognizes a new independent investigator working in hypertension or cardiovascular research who has significantly contributed to our understanding of the causes of hypertension and related cardiovascular disease. The awardee will be selected by the Council's Awards Committee from applicants who have submitted abstracts accepted for presentation at the AHA Council on Hypertension American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017, along with other materials.

This award is named after Dr. Harry Goldblatt, a pathologist who established the first animal model of hypertension in 1934. This model provided researchers with the tools to delineate the renin-angiotensin system of blood pressure control and, eventually, to design enzyme inhibitors for the treatment of chronic hypertension.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must be members of the AHA/ASA at any level by the time of application. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so before submitting your abstract and award application materials. Join or renew today!
  • Applicants must be early career investigators active in hypertension or cardiovascular research. Candidates include PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training only within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Evaluation Criteria

The Council on Hypertension Awards Committee will judge applications.

Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Applicant’s background, experience, publications and overall contributions to hypertension and cardiovascular research.

The Council on Hypertension Awards Committee will judge applications.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

The following items must be submitted through the Council Awards Application System for consideration for this award:
  • Curriculum vitae (CV), including bibliography
  • Reprints of three first-authored publications by the applicant
  • A letter of nomination from a Council member detailing overall contributions of the applicant to hypertension and cardiovascular disease

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. AHA membership at any level is required by the candidate by the time the award materials are submitted.


The winner will be announced and awards will be presented at the Council on Hypertension Awards Luncheon at the AHA Council on Hypertension American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017.

The awardee will receive the following:
  • Honoree will receive: Complimentary registration to the AHA Council on Hypertension American Society of Hypertension Joint Scientific Sessions 2017
  • Cash award: The awardee will receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium
  • Travel reimbursement to the conference up to $1,200
  • Complimentary registration to the conference.