Donald Seldin Lecture

To qualify for Hypertension Scientific Sessions awards you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 15, 2020, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your science to Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2020.
  • June 16, 2020, 12 a.m. CDT – Deadline to apply for this award.


Hypertension 2020 Scientific Sessions, September 10–13, 2020, is now a virtual event. Award prizes related to travel, hotel accommodation and meals will not be provided this year.

This lecture was established in 2006 to enhance the awareness of AHA conference attendees concerning the rising epidemic of cardiovascular disease and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease. The lecture allows experts in the field to bring the latest basic, translational or clinical information to the AHA meeting. The lecture is named in honor of Dr. Donald Seldin, a pioneer and leader in the field of cardiovascular disease relate to kidney failure. Dr. Seldin was responsible for the seminal observations related to sodium and potassium transport in the kidney and their effects on blood pressure and cardiovascular homeostasis.

The Seldin Lecture is presented annually at the AHA Hypertension Scientific Sessions by a distinguished honoree.

Award Recipients

Award Recipients
2019 Allen W. Cowley, Jr., PhD, FAHA 2014 Alicia A. McDonough, PhD 2009 Roger Wiggins, MB, BChir
2018 Paul A. Welling, MD, FAHA 2013 David Ellison, MD 2008 Mark Knepper, MD, PhD
2017 Donald E. Kohan, MD, PhD, FAHA 2012 Susan Quaggin, MD 2007 Richard J. Johnson, MD, FACP
2016 Jeff Garvin, PhD, FAHA 2011 Sharon Anderson, MD, FAHA 2006 Richard P. Lifton, MD, PhD, FAHA
2015 Moshe Levi, MD 2010 Thomas R. Kleyman, MD, FAHA

How to Make a Nomination/Required Documents

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

The nomination file (submitted on the nominee’s behalf) should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  • Letter of nomination on behalf of the candidate that outlines why the candidate is worthy of recognition. This may include the candidate’s accomplishments in the field of cardiovascular disease as it relates to kidney failure, his or her volunteer activities with the AHA (affiliate and/or national level), teaching and mentoring activities, or a combination of these.
  • Curriculum vitae, including bibliography

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete a nomination.

A username and password previously set up through online profile registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile, please visit Professional Heart Daily to create an online member profile before accessing the Council Awards 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.

The honoree will present a lecture during the Hypertension Scientific Sessions will be honored at the Award Luncheon.

The honoree will also receive:

  • Complimentary registration to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions
    • $1,000 Honorarium
    • Engraved plaque
  • Round-trip coach airfare to the conference at the 21-day advance purchase rate
  • One-night hotel accommodations at the conference rate
  • Ground transportation expenses to attend the conference
    • Up to $70 in meal reimbursement
    • Two tickets to the Annual Hypertension Scientific Sessions Awards Banquet


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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.