Congratulations to Dr Aurélien Lorthioir (Centre d'Investigations Cliniques, INSERM, Paris) - the winner of the ISH 2014 New Investigator Committee (NIC) Poster Award sponsored by Clinical Science at Hypertension 2014.

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Vasoactive Peptides in Health and Disease - This Collection contains Review Articles and Original Papers on the topic of vasoactive peptides with an introduction from the Guest Editor Dr Robson Santos. All of the papers are free until August 2014.

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BSCR Autumn Meeting - Cardiovascular Signalling in Health and Disease, 8-9 September 2014, Reading, U.K. >> Meeting website


Maria Paz Ocaranza, Luis Michea, Mario Chiong, Carlos F. Lagos, Sergio Lavandero and Jorge E. Jalil (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile)

Ang-(1-9) [angiotensin-(1-9)] is a novel vasoactive peptide and a new member of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS). In the present review, the authors summarize the biological effects of Ang-(1-9), providing new evidence of its cardiovascular-protective activity. They also discuss the potential mechanism by which this peptide prevents and ameliorates the cardiovascular damage induced by RAS activation.
This paper is freely available for 1 month as part of the Vasoactive Peptides in Health and Disease special online collection.
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