Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Travel Scholarship

The 2016 application process is 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 this website. 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. 

2015 Recipients

Jeffrey S. Carson, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Presentation title: Concentration of Regulatory T-cells in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) Correlates with Interleukin-1β secretion by activated CD4+ T-cells

Mirnal Chaudhary, MD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Presentation title: TGF-β/Smad3 promotes Smooth Muscle Cell De-differentiation and Proliferation through crosstalk with the Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway

Bian Wu, MD
University of California-San Francisco
Presentation title: A Biodegradable Wrap for Peri-vascular Delivery of Pro-resolving Lipid Mediators

Jie Xie, MD, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Presentation title: Adipose Stromal Cells Mitigate Excessive Aortic Inflammation and Aortic Aneurysm Expansion through Paracrine Factors in an Elastase-induced Murine Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Model


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