Council Hypertension Trainee Advocacy Resources


The Council on Hypertension Trainee Advocacy Committee (HTN TAC) aims to foster the development of trainees and early career professionals in the field of hypertension and related fields, including research scientists and clinicians. Our goal is to promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities and to provide information to those members of our council. Members of the Council on Hypertension Trainee Advocacy Committee (HTN TAC) play an integral role in furthering the mission of the Hypertension Council by planning early career sessions, developing a mentoring program and fostering collaboration.

2021-2022 HTN Trainee Advocacy Committee

Chair

Brandi Wynne, PhD, FAHA

Brandi Wynne, PhD, MS, FAHA
Assistant Professor
University of Utah
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Vice-Chair

Cam McCarthy, PhD

Cam McCarthy, PhD
University of South Carolina
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Immediate Past Chair

Hana A. Itani, PhD, FAHA

Hana A. Itani, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor
American University of Beirut
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Members

Matthew Alexander, MD, PhD

Matthew Alexander, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Term 2, Ends 6/30/2023

Kirthikaa Balapattabi, PhD

Kirthikaa Balapattabi, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Thiago Bruder-Nascimento, PhD

Thiago Bruder-Nascimento, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Term 2, Ends 6/30/2023

Silvana Cooper BS

Silvana Cooper, BS
University Nevada Reno
Term 1 Ends, 6/30/2024

Jessica Faulkner, BS, PhD

Jessica Faulkner, BS, PhD
Assistant Professor
Augusta University
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Lama Ghazi, BS, MD, PhD

Lama Ghazi, BS, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yale University
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Daria Golosova, MD, PhD

Daria Golosova, MD, PhD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Jeanne Ishimwe, PhD

Jeanne Ishimwe, PhD
Vanderbilt University, VUMC
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Sivarajan Kumarasamy, PhD

Sivarajan Kumarasamy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Ohio University
Term 2, Ends 6/30/2023

Benard Ogola, BS, PhD

Benard Ogola, BS, PhD
Tulane School of Medicine
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Monica Santisteban, PhD

Monica Santisteban, PhD
Instructor in Neuroscience
Weill Cornell Medical College
Term 2, Ends 6/30/2023

Katherine Shreyder, MD, PhD

Katherine Shreyder, MD, PhD
Physician
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Term 2, Ends 6/30/2023

Emily Waigi, MSc, PhD

Emily Waigi, MSc, PhD
University of South Carolina
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Ting Yang, MD, PhD

Ting Yang, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Duke University
Term 1, Ends 6/30/2023

Staff

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Cory Cooper, MBA
Vice President, Membership
American Heart Association

Denise Levy

Denise Levy
Director, Professional Membership
American Heart Association

Lillie Noe, MBA

Lillie Noe, MBA
Council Manager, Professional Membership
American Heart Association

Trainee Advocacy Committee Commission

Purpose

To involve trainees / postdoctoral students / recently trained individuals in Council on Hypertension activities. To expand the diversity of the council. To identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other Council committees.

Number of Members

The Committee shall be comprised of one or more advisors, including the Immediate Past Chair of the Council, and up to 9 members, one of whom will be Chair. The other advisor will be an active senior participant in the Council on Hypertension. The Chair will be selected by Council leadership.

Reports to

Council Chair and Leadership Committee

Method of Appointment

Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by a small task force from the Leadership committee. The finalists of the previous year’s Young Investigator Award competition will be considered.

Term of Office

Members shall serve two-year terms beginning July 1 and ending June 30. Terms shall be staggered for continuity.

Frequency of Meetings

The Committee shall meet via teleconference 1-2 times per year. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of 1-3 hours per month. Special projects may require additional time.

Benefits of Participation

Become familiar with AHA Leadership structure and activities of the Council at an early career stage Develop a credential for career advancement Network with peers.

Staffed by

AHA Science & Medicine Advisor and AHA Council Manager

Chairperson's Responsibilities

  • Attend Leadership Committee meetings and present Committee report at Spring and Fall Conference meetings
  • Oversee committee
  • Work with AHA staff to set meeting dates and times
  • Lead discussions at meetings and monitor activities
  • Review minutes of Committee meetings
  • Work with Committee and AHA staff to develop an annual plan and budget and to oversee projects
  • Assign responsibilities as needed
  • Assist in selection of committee members

Committee Responsibilities

  • Serve on other AHA Council on Hypertension Committees
  • Liaison as needed to other AHA Councils' committees
  • Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:
    • Develop a website within the main council page devoted to trainee issues
    • Mentoring trainees
    • Create a reading list of seminal papers of interest to trainees
    • Early career development support

Council on Hypertension Awards

The Council on Hypertension makes a number of awards available to early career researchers, including the Young Investigator Award, presented annually at AHA scientific session, as well as a number of travel awards to attend scientific sessions.

Council on Hypertension Awards, Lectures and Scholarships

AHA Early Career Development

We know you want the best career resources. Our Early Career Professional Membership and mentoring programs give you top-notch tools to maximize your growth as a young professional. Our goal is for all Early Career Members to play a crucial role in our prestigious organization. We give you opportunities to meet and dialogue about specialty and career issues with other Early Career Members and more senior professionals across the globe.

Useful Reading

Mark Your Calendars for Hypertension 2023

September 7–10, 2023
Sheraton Boston Hotel | Boston, Massachusetts

Scientific Sessions 2022

Pre-Sessions Symposia & Early Career Day: November 4
Scientific Sessions: November 5–7
Chicago, Illinois + Virtual