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:

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

  • 2023 Jessica Faulkner, PhD, FAHA
  • 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 for the award must be members of the Council on Hypertension by the time of application submission. 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.
  • Each recipient of AHA council-sponsored awards, regardless of award category, is eligible to receive only one council-sponsored award each year per AHA scientific meeting. 
  • 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 nomination cannot be accepted. Please follow instructions for ProposalCentral, the new Council Awards platform.

Apply Now for the Hypertension Scientific Sessions Awards for Early Career Investigators and select the HTN Harry Goldblatt Award from the award drop down list.

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

Members of the Council on Hypertension Awards Committee are not eligible to write support letters for applicants.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait for 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 present a lecture during Hypertension Scientific Sessions and will receive complimentary registration, a $1,000 honorarium, one (1) ticket to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions Awards Banquet, and an award plaque.

Honorees must attend Hypertension Scientific Sessions in-person to be eligible for a travel reimbursement of up to $1,000.

  • Round-trip basic economy/coach airfare at the 21-day advance purchase rate, round-trip economy coach train fare, or reimbursement for gas at the rate allowed by the IRS for charitable organizations if the awardee drives.
  • Hotel accommodation for one night at the conference rate.
  • Ground transportation expenses to attend the conference (luxury transport is not a reimbursable expense.)
    • To and from the awardee’s home airport to the conference hotel
    • To and from the conference hotel to the airport
  • Up to $70 in meal reimbursement (alcohol excluded).


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Award winners pose for a photo during #Hypertension23 Scientific Sessions, held September 7-10, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hypertension Scientific Sessions

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