2024 Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC)

Location: 720 South Michigan Ave. | Hilton Chicago, Chicago, IL
Sponsored by: SVS



Click here to view the 2024 conference agenda.


The Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) emphasizes the exchange of basic and translational vascular science that stimulates thoughtful discussion and motivates participants to discover solutions to important problems affecting vascular patients. The VRIC brings together vascular surgeons, vascular biologists, physicians with an interest in vascular problems, vascular surgery trainees and research trainees in vascular surgery and vascular biology.

The VRIC will be held in conjunction with the American Heart Association's Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions, also held at the Hilton Chicago (May 15–18, 2024). The SVS has teamed up with AHA to offer these two exclusive meetings in the same location and timeframe to help save attendees on travel costs; however, please note the VRIC and Vascular Discovery are two separate conferences with separate registration fees.

The theme for VRIC24 is Immune and Structural Cells in Cardiovascular Disease. 

New and evolving topics may be discussed, debated, and explored during VRIC. Planners and faculty must facilitate engagement with these topics without advocating for or promoting practices that are not or not yet adequately based on current science, evidence, and clinical reasoning.

As a condition of its ACCME Accreditation, SVS’s CE activities will not advocate for unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or promote recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.



Early-Bird Rate (through Mar. 18)

Regular Rate

(Mar. 19 & after)

SVS Member Surgeon/Physician/PhD



Non-Member Surgeon/Physician/PhD



Early Active Member, Resident, Fellow, Student, Non-Member Postdoctoral Researchers



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Registration questions or need to cancel? Email meetings@vascularsociety.org. Registration refund requests must be received by email by April 22. All cancellations will be processed after VRIC. You will need to check with your hotel regarding their cancellation policy.  

VRIC 2024 Premier Speakers

Alexander W. Clowes Distinguished Lecture

The lecture is named for the late SVS member Alec Clowes, a renowned mentor and surgeon-scientist who demonstrated an exceptional commitment to research in vascular disease and played a critical role in VRIC.

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Filip Swirski, PhD

Director, Cardiovascular Research Institute

The Arthur and Janet C. Ross Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Professor of Diagnostic, Molecular and Interventional Radiology

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Translational Panel

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 Kathryn J. Moore, PhD,

Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology, Department of Medicine

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Translational Panel

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 Dianna M. Milewicz, MD, PhD

President George H.W. Bush Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine

Director, Division of Medical Genetics 

Vice-Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston McGovern Medical School

CME Claiming & Disclosures

Date: May 15, 2024

Last Day to Claim CME: June 14, 2024

By participating in this CME activity, the learner will be able to:

  1. Enhance research techniques and clinical trials.
  2. Utilize a multidisciplinary approach to patient management based on clinical studies & guidelines.
  3. Apply current standards of care in the management of vascular patients.

Recognition of Educational Grants

This CE Activity is partially supported through an educational grant provided by: 

  • Boston Scientific
  • Gore
  • Medtronic

Accreditation Statement

The Society for Vascular Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society for Vascular Surgery designates this live course for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important Information About Your CME Credit:

The American Board of Surgery (ABS) made changes to its CME processes, which impact the way that Diplomates interact with the Board, upload CME credits, and meet Certification requirements. SVS is committed to complying with the new rules and making your ability to claim credit as seamless as possible. Your credits will be transferred to your ABS account within 30 days of the VRIC, as outlined on this page

Disclosure Statement

The ACCME requires that the SVS, as an accredited provider of CME, disclose the relevant financial relationships of the planners, faculty, and any other individuals in a position to control content of this activity. If there is a relevant financial relationship that has been disclosed, please find it here. All other individuals in control of content have indicated that there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to be disclosed. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

Attendee Housing 

Attendees can now make online reservations at the Hilton Chicago through AHA’s Vascular Discovery Conference housing portal by clicking here. If booking by phone, you must mention you are booking as part of AHA’s Vascular Discovery room block to get the discounted rate. The $279 + taxes/fees discounted rate is available on a first-come, first-served basis through April 19.

Hilton Chicago

720 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60605


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