Harry Goldblatt Award for Early Career Investigators

Sponsored by the Council on Hypertension and the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA)

To qualify for this award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 1, 2022 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with this Council.
  • June 3, 2022, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to apply for this award.

This program recognizes an early career 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 Hypertension Scientific Sessions, 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.

Award Recipients

  • 2022 Camilla Ferreira Wenceslau, PhD, MS, FAHA
  • 2021 Stephen P. Juraschek, MD, PhD
  • 2020 Annet Kirabo, DVM, MSc, PhD, FAHA
  • 2019 Francine Marques, PhD
  • 2018 Amy C. Arnold, PhD, FAHA

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants must be members of the AHA at any level by the time of application. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so before submitting your abstract and award application materials. Join or renew today!
  • Applicant must be active in research and still be in training as an undergraduate or pre-doctoral student, or be active in research and within 10 years of completing medical fellowship (or residency as NIH states, MDs would be Fellows for 3-6 years of the 7-10), terminal degree or highest certificate (e.g. MSc, PhD), 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.
  • Past recipients of the Council on Hypertension Excellence Award for Hypertension Research are not eligible for this award.
  • Members of the Council on Hypertension Awards Committee are not eligible to write letters of support for the applicant.

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:

  • A full Curriculum vitae, including all publications (abstracts not necessary).
  • 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
  • Candidate biography (250 words or less), which may be used for publicity.

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 awardee will be honored during Hypertension Scientific Sessions. The awardee will receive complimentary registration, a $1,000 honorarium, and an engraved plaque.

Honorees presenting in-person at Hypertension Scientific Sessions will be honored at the Annual Council on Hypertension Awards Banquet and will be eligible for certain travel reimbursements:

  • Travel reimbursement up to $1,200 for round trip airfare at the 21-day purchase rate, hotel accommodations at the conference rate and ground transportation expenses to attend the conference
  • One ticket to the Annual Hypertension Scientific Sessions Awards Banquet
  • Awardee is invited to present a lecture at the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia’s Annual Scientific Meeting (HBPRCA) held in Australia, typically in May the following year. Travel must be coordinated through the Awards and Lectures Manager.


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Hypertension Scientific Sessions

September 7-10, 2023
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