The Hypertension Trust

The Hypertension Trust

A registered charity supporting research in hypertension
and related cardiovascular conditions

Registered Charity Number 289139

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The Hypertension Trust - Research Strategy

Objectives of the Charity

The Hypertension Trust is a registered UKcharity (No. 289139) established to support training in research in hypertension and related cardiovascular conditions.  High blood pressure affects over 16 million people in the UK and is the direct cause of half of all strokes and heart attacks in the country.  Failure to control blood pressure to target levels results in 62,000 unnecessary deaths every year.  Recent statistics show that 31.7% of men and 29.5% of women in the UK adult population have high blood pressure (Health Survey for England , 2003). 


The Trust has a broad remit;  it seeks to fund research training opportunities into arterial hypertension and related vascular diseases, including pathophysiology, epidemiology, detection, investigation and treatment.  


The Trust’s main objective is to provide training opportunities for young graduates in order to prepare them for a career in research in these fields. 


The Trust does not fund project or programme grants.  The Hypertension Trust does not have a specific ‘priority’ list for particular areas of hypertension or cardiovascular research – the training opportunity and the calibre of the applicant is of prime importance as is also the suitability of the training centre and supervision/support.   The Trust continues to follow the career of each of its successful candidates after the conclusion of the period of their award.  The Trustees are available to provide future career advice and mentorship to individuals, to encourage them to continue with their careers in the field of hypertension and cardiovascular disease.


The Hypertension Trust has close links with the UK ’s national society for healthcare professionals working in the field of hypertension, The British Hypertension Society (  The Fellowship and Studentship Awards are widely advertised to British Hypertension Society members as well as the medical research community in the UK and Ireland .  The current BHS President is a member of the panel that reviews all the applications and also of the interview/appointment panel.


The Trust recognises that larger charities in the field are funding projects, programmes and training fellowship (in particular the British Heart Foundation).  The Hypertension Trust is, however, uniquely placed to provide funds exclusively for work in the field of high blood pressure and as such is pleased to be thus able to provide additional opportunities for young scientists.


The charitable funds available to The Hypertension Trust have arisen from the surplus remaining after the organisation of the 16th Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hypertension, held in Glasgow in June 1996.  The Trust does not presently undertake an active fund-raising role, unlike most of the larger cardiovascular UK charities. The Trust, at least in its current form, will make its last awards in 2008 and continue to support awardees until 2010/11.



Summary of Awards

Two types of awards are available – two-year Research Fellowships and three-year Research Studentships (leading to the award of a PhD).  One Fellowship and one Studentship are usually awarded each year, although this is flexible, depending on the calibre of candidates in a given year.


Candidates for the Fellowships are required to hold a medical or other higher degree in a relevant field of science (PhD) and to have evidence of research aptitude or clinical experience in hypertension.   Candidates for the Studentships must have obtained a first class or at least upper second class honours degree. The Trustees will assess applications for the academic/research potential of the applicant, the quality of the training and the track record of the supervisor, particularly in the case of the Studentships. 


Awards will be given preferentially to UK or EC nationals working in the UK or the Republic of Ireland .  The awards will support a period of research at an institute, university or other academic centre in the UK or the Republic of Ireland .


Awards are advertised in the leading scientific journals and to members of the British Hypertension Society in January each year, with the deadline for applications in early March.  Following an extensive review process throughout April and May, short listed candidates are interviewed in late May or early June, with successful candidates taking up their positions by October.



Professor J.L. Reid

Chairman of Trustees


January 2006