Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Award

Sponsored by SVS Foundation

Submission deadline: January 10, 2024

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

VRIC 2024 will take place on May 15, 2024, before the American Heart Association's Vascular Discovery 2024 Conference at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, IL from May 15 to 18, 2024. 

Learn more about the VRIC 2024


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.

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 April. Awardees will receive US $1,000 to support their expenses to attend VRIC.   

Visit the VRIC page to submit an abstract by January 10, 2024 (abstract site will open October 25, 2023).

2023 Recipients

Sharika Bamezai, BA
Sarnoff Research Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine; Medical Student, University of Michigan Medical School
Abstract title: Safety And Efficacy Of Pro-efferocytic Nanoparticles To Treat Atherosclerosis In A Porcine Model
Mentor: Nick Leeper, MD
Tyler Bauer, MD
General Surgery Resident, University of Michigan Medical School
Abstract title: Inflammatory Macrophages Dictate Fibroblast Function Via Epigenetic Reprogramming In Diabetic Wounds
Mentor: Katherine Gallagher, MD
Rodrigo Meade, BS
Research Fellow, Washington University in St. Louis
Abstract title: Fatty Acid Synthase Targeting Reduces Aortic Atherosclerosis And Inflammation
Mentor: Mohamed Zayed, MD
Humraaz Samra, MB, BCh, BAO
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident, Indiana University School of Medicine
Abstract title: Allogeneic Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Significantly Increase Type 1 Regulatory T-cells, Decrease Effector Th17 Cells, And Decrease Aneurysm Volume In A Dose Dependent Fashion In Patients With Small Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms - Results Of The Phase I Aneurysm Repression With Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (the Arrest Trial)
Mentor: Michael P. Murphy, MD


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

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