Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Award

Submission deadline extended to January 21, 2020 - the VRIC abstract deadline!

The SVS Foundation supports this award 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 award consists of complimentary registration to the VRIC and Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions (formerly Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Scientific Sessions) and $1,000 for conference travel.  Local awardees will not receive travel funds.  

The VRIC, presented by Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), is a one-day session preceding the Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions, 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:

  • Pre-med Student; or
  • Medical Student; or
  • General Surgery Resident; or
  • Vascular Resident or Vascular Fellow

Application Deadline

The application deadline is January 14, 2020, the deadline to submit an abstract to the VRIC.  Submit an abstract to VRIC to apply for the award.  

Award Process

Abstracts submitted to the VRIC by trainees are scored by the SVS Research and Education Committee. Applicants will be notified of the Committee decision in March. The award consists of complimentary registration to both VRIC and Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions and a $1,000 award for conference travel (if applicable). Trainees who are not traveling to VRIC (local awardee) may still receive the VRIC Trainee Award but will not receive travel funds.  

2019 Recipients

Edmund Chen, MD
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Abstract title: Microbial Colonization Restores Neointimal Hyperplasia Development after Arterial Injury in Germ-Free Mice

Peter Kip, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Abstract title: Periprocedural Hydrogen Sulfide Therapy Impairs Vascular Remodeling and Improves Vein Graft Patency

Constance Mietus, PhD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Abstract title: Microvascular Pathology Influences Walking Performance in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease

Thomas Sorrentino, BS
UCSF School of Medicine
Abstract title: Circulating Exosomes in PAD Patients: Disease Severity Correlates with Effects on Vascular Cell Migration and miRNA Content


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