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June 23 rd  special Lecture


New Findings on Salt-Dependent Hypertension: Implications for Prevention and Clinical Management Theodore W. Kurtz, MD Department of Laboratory Medicine University of California, San Francisco, USA High salt diets are estimated to account for 30% of cases of hypertension. Despite extensive educational efforts to reduce salt consumption, mean population salt intake has not decreased over the past two decades in Japan and the United States. This presentation will discuss: 1) new findings on the pathogenesis of salt-induced increases in blood pressure including in hyperaldosteronism, and 2) mechanism-based strategies for preventing salt-dependent hypertension that are helpful even in people who are unable to reduce salt intake.


 Dr. Kurtz is Professor of Laboratory Medicine, and Director of Clinical Chemistry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He obtained his MD from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor and completed residency training at the University of California, San Francisco where he received an NIH Clinical Investigator Award for cardiovascular research. Professor Kurtz has served as President of the American Society of Hypertension, and is a recipient of the American Heart Association Excellence Award for Hypertension Research, and the International Okamoto Award from the Japan Vascular Disease Research Foundation. His current research focus is on mechanisms of salt sensitivity and salt resistance, and the development of new approaches to preventing salt-induced hypertension.


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