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Moving the Needle on Hypertension: What Knowledge is Needed?

Symposium — Tuesday, April 9, 2019 — 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM — Convention Center, Room W314
ILSI-North America — Chair: Barbara O. Schneeman — Co-Chair: Brandi Wynne

Approximately 32 percent of American adults have hypertension, and 1 in 3 have prehypertension.  The costs of high blood pressure have been estimated to be $48.6 billion per year.  Despite this prevalence and cost, there is much yet to be elucidated about the physiology of hypertension and physiological drive for sodium intake, and in parallel the means by which hypertension can be mitigated. This session aims to examine the latest science is specific areas of hypertension research, including the role of both sodium and potassium in mechanisms underlying hypertension; the effects of sodium on brain function, recognizing individual variability in study design, and other recent developments. Three short talks will be followed by a debate-style panel which will include an expert in nutrition science. 


  • Gaps in Knowledge about the Role of Sodium and Potassium in Hypertension Regulation
    Alicia McDonough — Univ. of Southern California

  • The Effects of Dietary Sodium on Brain and Blood Vessel Function
    William B. Farquhar — Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, Univ. of Delaware

  • A Personalized Precision Medicine Approach to Combat Salt Sensitive Hypertension: Feasible or Fantasy?
    Richard Wainford — Boston Univ.

  • Panel Discussion and Debate Including Nutrition Expert
    All Speakers —

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