Council on 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.

2016-2017 Trainee Advocacy Committee


Augusto Montezano, PhD, FAHA
Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
BHF Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre
University of Glasgow
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018

HTN TAC Vice-Chair

Hana A. Itani, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018

Council Chair

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Joey Granger, PhD, FAHA
Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor
Professor of Physiology and Medicine
Director, Center for Excellence in Cardiovascular-Renal Research
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018


Brandi M. Wynne, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow at Emory University
Term 2, Ends 11/30/2018

Fouad Zouein, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
American University of Beirut & Medical Center
Term 2, Ends 11/30/2018

Cameron McCarthy, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Augusta University
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018

Carmen De Miguel, PhD
Carmen De Miguel, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Term 1, End 11/30/2018

Amy C. Arnold, PhD, FAHA
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2017

Mariela Mendez, PhD
Hypertension & Vascular Research Division
Henry Ford Hospital
Term 2, Ends 11/30/2017

Yumei Feng, MD, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor
Departments Pharmacology and Physiology & Cell Biology
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Term 1, End 11/30/2017

Jing Wu, MD
Jing Wu, MD
Postdoctoral Research Scholar
University of Iowa
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018

Immediate Past Committee Chair

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Aaron J. Trask, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Center for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Research
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018

Full Trainee Advocacy Committee Listing

Immediate Past Council Chair

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Christopher Wilcox, MD, PhD, FAHA
Chief of Division of Nephrology & Hypertension Director
Center for Hypertension, Kidney and Vascular Health
Term 1, Ends 11/30/2018


Lauren Rowell
Program Manager
American Heart Association

Rebecca E. Lehotzky, PhD
Science & Medicine Advisor
American Heart Association

AHA Council on Hypertension Advisory and Mentoring Program (CHAMP)

Administered by the Trainee Advocacy Committee

Mission Statement

To foster an environment of training and networking activities in order to provide support in the form of mentor CHAMPions for future career choices in the scientific community.

Trainee Advocacy Committee Commission


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

AHA Meetings of Special Interest


September 5-8, 2019
New Orleans, Louisiana

American Heart Association | Scientific Sessions

Nov. 16–18, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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