Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Award

Submission deadline: April 7, 2021, 4pm ET

The SVS Foundation supports this award for trainees presenting their research at the annual Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC).

VRIC 2021 is being held during the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego on

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Friday, August 20, 2021, 1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific Time

Top-scoring abstracts submitted to the VRIC by trainees will be considered for the award.  

VRIC is uniquely designed to foster interaction among top scientists of diverse disciplines who are investigating peripheral vascular disease and its treatments. VRIC is 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

SVS Foundation is invested in a process that assures diversity, equity and inclusion for our award and scholarship opportunities. We encourage enthusiastic, eligible applicants from all aspects of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity to apply.

Application Deadline - April 7, 2021, 4pm Eastern Time

Trainees should submit an abstract to VRIC to be eligible for the award.  No other application materials are required.  Go to the VRIC page for information on how to submit an abstract.   

Award Process

Abstracts submitted to the VRIC by trainees are scored by the SVS Basic and Translational Research Committee.  Awardees will be notified of the Committee decision in May.  Awardees will receive US$1,000 to support their expenses to attend VRIC 2021.   If the VRIC 2021 does not take place in-person, the funds will not be awarded, but the awardee will still be recognized as a SVS Foundation VRIC Trainee Awardee.

2020 Recipients

Derek Afflu, MD
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Abstract title: Elastic Fibers of the Internal Elastic Lamina Are Unraveled But Not Created With Expanding Arterial Diameter In Arteriogenesis 
Mentor: Ryan McEnaney, MD                       

Frank Davis, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Abstract title: Epigenetic Modifications Influence Macrophage-mediated Inflammation in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms 
Mentor: Katherine Gallagher, MD

Katherine Hekman, MD, PhD
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Abstract title: Autophagy Remodels Mitochondria During Differentiation and Enhances Longevity Through Ulk1 Kinase Signaling of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-derived Endothelial Cells
Mentor: Jason Wertheim, MD

Hallie Quiroz, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Abstract title: Downregulation of Inflammation and a Cascade of Pro-angiogenic Signals Mediate the Beneficial Effects of Gene-modified Stem Cell Therapy in Hindlimb Ischemia
Mentor: Omaida Velazquez, MD


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