Gabrielle Fredman, PhD
Cynthia Hilaire, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
Marcel Liberman, MD PhD
Hospital Israelita Brasileira Albert Einstein
Catherine Martel, PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Thomas A. Vallim, PhD
UCLA Division of Cardiology
Randal Westrick, PhD
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
Immediate Past Chair
Jordan Miller, PhD
Early Career Committee Information
- Involve trainees/postdoctoral students/recently trained individuals in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Council activities.
- Expand the diversity of the council.
- Identify early career council members from diverse backgrounds to participate in other council committees.
The committee is comprised of:
- Up to ten members
Selection of Members
Members shall be chosen using an application process, facilitated by a small task force from the Nominating Committee. The applicant will provide:
- Personal letter
- Letter of recommendation
Call for applications occurs in the spring each year, and application information will be made available closer to that time.
Terms of Service
- Two-year terms
- Staggered terms for continuity
The committee shall meet via teleconference three to four times per year, and will meet face-to-face at the ATVB spring conference. The time commitment will vary, but should not exceed an average of one to three hours per month. Special projects may require an additional time commitment.
- Serve on other AHA ATVB Council committees.
- Serve as a liaison as needed to other AHA councils’ committees.
- Pursue activities that benefit early career persons at various levels. Examples:
- Develop a Web site within the main council page devoted to trainee issues.
- Mentor trainees.
- Provide early career development support.
- Help facilitate Early Career events at the annual ATVB spring conference and the annual networking reception held during Scientific Sessions
Benefits of Participation
- Become familiar with AHA leadership structure and activities of the council at an early career stage.
- Develop a credential for career advancement.
ATVB Early Career Awards
ATVB Travel Awards
ATVB Merit Travel Awards encourage and support the efforts of early career investigators in cardiovascular research and encourage participation in ATVB and AHA activities. The council offers opportunities for travel support to both the AHA's annual Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Conference each spring and to the AHA's Scientific Sessions each November. These awards help cover the travel expenses for new investigators to attend the scientific conference to present research in oral or poster format and engage in discussion with senior investigators. Merit awards are granted to the highest-scoring abstracts authored by early career investigators who also apply for these stipends.
ATVB Early Career Investigator Award
The ATVB Early Career Investigator Award recognizes the council’s early career investigator members who are performing high quality research in the fields of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology. Candidates will be considered not only for the quality and relevance of their research being submitted to Scientific Sessions but also for their accomplishments, contributions to their fields and expertise as researchers in general. Five finalists will present their research at Scientific Sessions and a winner will be named at the ATVB Business Meeting and Awards Reception.
Early Career Council Awards
- Kenneth M. Brinkhous Young Investigator Prize in Thrombosis
This award recognizes outstanding endeavors by new investigators in fundamental and applied research in Thrombosis including the mechanism, detection, treatment, and prevention of thrombotic disorders.
- Irvine H. Page Young Investigator Research Award
This award is open to new investigators in arteriosclerosis and vascular biology. It recognizes investigators in the formative years of their careers who have the potential to become future leaders in cardiovascular research.
- Junior Investigator Award for Women
This award helps recruit and retain women in the field of arteriosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology by recognizing excellent research conducted by women.
Statistics and Mentorship
- AHA Mentoring Handbook (PDF)
This resource contains information on how to identify a suitable mentor, how to effectively use the mentor-mentee relationship and the responsibilities of the mentee.
- JAMA article: Academic Mentoring - How to Give It and How to Get It (PDF)
Research Funding Resources
- Post-doctoral Fellowships
- Fellow to Faculty Transition
- Scientist Development Grant
- Beginning Grant-in-Aid
AHA Meetings of Special Interest
May 5 – 7, 2016
The ATVB|PVD Scientific Sessions is the annual meeting of the ATVB and PVD Councils with top tier vascular research and special sessions aimed to foster the success of early career members. The meeting immediately follows the SVS Research Initiatives conference.
Other Meetings of Special Interest
Presentations of emerging science, typically in an informal atmosphere for close collegial discussions and cooperation.
SVS Research Initiatives Conference
Annual basic science meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery emphasizing translational research into peripheral vascular disease and the research of junior vascular biologists. Held immediately before the ATVB Annual Conference.
North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO)
- Vasculata – A useful detailed overview of current topics in vascular biology for young investigators. Includes an optional hands-on workshop in experimental techniques of value to the vascular researcher.
- Experimental Biology – A meeting with a diverse assemblage of investigators from a variety of disciplines. Includes Vascular Biology annual meeting of the North American Vascular Biology Organization.
Scientific conferences held in relatively informal locales to optimize information exchange and promote collaborative interactions. A subset of these each year is dedicated to cardiovascular diseases.
ATVB Scientific Sessions 2011
- Grants and Grant Writing
Learn about the current state of affairs for grants and grant writing with William P Fay, MD, FAHA. Dr Fay’s lab is at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he is director of the Division of Cardiology and professor in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Medical Physiology and Pharmacology.
- How to Get Published in Good Journals
Ushma S Neill, PhD, will discuss how to get published in good journals. Dr Neill has been the executive editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation since 2003. Prior to that, she was an editor at Nature Medicine.