Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Travel Scholarship

Applications for 2017 are now closed

SVS Foundation supports travel scholarships for trainees to attend the annual Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC). Top-scoring abstracts submitted to the VRIC by trainees will be considered for the award. The travel scholarship consists of complimentary registration to the VRIC and the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) meeting and a $1,000 award for conference travel.

The VRIC, presented by Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), is a one-day session preceding the ATVB meeting, uniquely designed to foster interaction among top scientists of diverse disciplines who are investigating peripheral vascular disease and its treatments. VRIC is also dedicated to stimulating and encouraging interest in research among trainees who are aspiring academic vascular surgeons. The meeting's exclusive and intimate atmosphere allows for the free exchange of ideas and development of collaborative projects equally among senior and junior investigators. 


Currently enrolled as:

  • Medical Student; or
  • General Surgery Resident; or
  • Vascular Resident or Vascular Fellow

Application Process and Deadline

Applicants must submit an abstract for the VRIC through the ATVB abstract submision site (now closed for 2017). The top-scoring abstracts submitted to the VRIC by trainees will be considered for the award.  

Award Process

Abstracts submitted to the VRIC are scored by the SVS Research and Education Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Committee decision by March. The scholarship consists of complimentary registration to both VRIC and ATVB and a $1,000 award for conference travel. The $1,000 award will be paid to your institution within two weeks following the VRIC/ATVB. Your institution will be responsible for reimbursing you for your travel expenses from the $1000 scholarship funds. 

2016 Recipients

Duy Minh Ha, B.S.
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Abstract title: Revascularization but not Supervised Exercise Therapy Prevents Progression of Fibrosis in the Gastrocnemius of Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease while Improving Limb Function

Alban Longchamp, MD
Harvard School of Public Health
Abstract title: Angiogenesis Is Triggered By Nutrient Deprivation Via Gcn2/atf4-dependent Regulation Of Vegf And H2s Production

Cindy Huynh, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harvard Medical Schoo
Abstract title: Development of a Hybrid Cryogel-coated Prosthetic Vascular Graft for Delivery of Targeted Gene Therapies

Andrew S. Kimball, MD
University of Michigan
Abstract title: Epigenetically Altered TLR4 Expression May Contribute to Increased Inflammation and Impaired Wound Healing in a Murine Model of Diabetes


For questions, email or telephone 800-258-7188.