Harry Goldblatt Award for New Investigators

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

Award opportunities for Hypertension Scientific Sessions will reopen in February 2021.

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

  • 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!
  • 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 awardee will be honored at the Award Luncheon and will also receive the following:

  • Complimentary registration to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions
  • $1,000 honorarium
  • Engraved plaque
  • 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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AHA Hypertension Scientific Sessions

This is a four-day scientific program for clinical and basic researchers focusing on recent advances in hypertension research.