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Written by:
Paul Holland
28 Oct 2021

Professor Ian Wilkinson, Trinity Hall Fellow in Clinical Medicine, has been elected as Vice President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society (BIHS). The Society is the leading forum for clinicians and scientists working to reduce the burden and consequences of hypertension and cardiovascular disease in the UK, Ireland and beyond.

Professor Wilkinson is Director of the Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit, an Honorary Consultant Physician and Professor of Therapeutics at the University of Cambridge. Professor Wilkinson said: “Cardiovascular disease is still one of the leading causes of death in the UK and worldwide. The BIHS provides leadership for clinicians’ diagnosis and managing hypertension in the UK and Ireland, and shapes clinical practice. Having worked with the BIHS for more than 20 years, I am pleased to take on this new role as Vice President and help steer our activities and resources.”

The BHIS is involved in a number of important research activities, including the MRC-BHF funded AIMHY trial ( that will define the best treatment for different ethnic groups in the UK, and the Wellcome Trust funded POPPY study investigating the effect of pregnancy complications on women’s long term health, both led by Professor Wilkinson. The Society also has useful resources for patients with hypertension including how to measure blood pressure and which devices are validated.

To find out more about the BIHS or to become a member visit: