Vascular Research Initiatives Conference Trainee Award

Sponsored by SVS Foundation

Submissions are closed for 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.   

2024 Recipients

Shaunak Adkar, MD, PhD
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident, Stanford University School of Medicine
Abstract title: Soluble Guanylate Cyclase Activators as Potential Novel Pad Therapeutics
Mentor: Derek Klarin, MD
Jack Bontekoe, MD
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Abstract title: Reduction of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture by Modulating Smooth Muscle Cell Phenotype Switching
Mentor: Bo Liu, PhD
Nathaniel Parchment, MD
Integrated Vascular Surgery Resident, University of Michigan
Abstract title: Endothelial Mixed Lineage Leukemia 1 (kmt2a/MLL1) As A Central Mediator of Immunothrombosis During SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Mentor: Andrea Obi, MD
Lucas Reckard-Mota, MD
General Surgery Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School
Abstract title: Deciphering Prosthetic Bypass Graft to Artery Anastomosis Dynamics at the Molecular Level: A Single-nuclei And Spatial Transcriptomics Analysis
Mentor: Patric Liang, MD


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

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