Dear Colleagues,

It is my great pleasure to extend a cordial invitation to attend the 28th scientific meeting of the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) on “Hypertension and Cardiovascular Protection”, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain on June 8-11, 2018.

The highlights of the meeting will include the formal presentation of the 2018 ESC/ESH Hypertension Guidelines, together with discussion of the new Guidelines recommendations along several sessions during the Congress.

We plan to organize pre-Congress courses on different aspects of the clinical management of patients with hypertension and related comorbidities. These courses will be reserved for small groups of physicians and will require specific registration beforehand.

Given the large amount of high quality research carried out in Europe on hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases, a significant portion of the scientific program will be devoted to original scientific data via oral and poster presentations of abstracts selected by peer review, as in previous editions. Poster presentations will be given special visibility through dedicated sessions, structured discussions and final individual commentaries.

The scientific programme will include many State-of-the-Art Lectures, Debates and Round Tables on major issues of current interest and controversy provided by recent trials. As in the past, the program will dedicate broad resources to the practical aspects of the management of hypertension via Teaching, How-to, Meet the Expert and Clinical case sessions as well as via sessions reserved for hypertension specialists and ESH Excellence Centres. The industry satellites will, as always, make a substantial contribution.

The ESH meeting will be held in Barcelona’s Fira Congress Centre, which can comfortably accommodate the large number of participants and diversified scientific and educational activities that characterize European Hypertension Meetings, with suitable exhibition space for industry. The Convention Centre is directly connected with Barcelona Airport by train and is only few stops away from the centre of Barcelona and the major hotels.

I look forward to welcoming European hypertension specialists to Barcelona next year, together with many investigators and clinicians from other continents, particularly those from Latin America and Asia, who have always contributed much to the ESH

Prof. Antonio Coca

President of the ESH 2018 Meeting