Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health
Early Career Development

The Council's Early Career Development program encourages and assists promising students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty as they seek to establish successful careers in science. At the core of these efforts is the Early Career Committee, which serves as an advocate for young investigators. Through direct interaction with the Council leadership, the committee works to ensure networking opportunities, career development symposia and service opportunities that fit the needs of the early career AHA members.

Early Career Committee


Mahesh J. Patel, M.D.
Duke University Medical Center

NPAM Leadership Advisor

Lora E. Burke, Ph.D., M.P.H., FAAN, FAHA
University of Pittsburgh

Vice - Chair

Christina M. Shay, PhD MA
University of Oklahoma Health Science Center


Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., FAHA
Tufts University


Rosemay A. Remigio-Baker, MPH
Johns Hopkins School Of Public Health

Michelle Fennessy, PhD APRN-BC
University of California Davis

Jessica D. Smith, PhD
Centre de Recherche del’Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec

Kristen Gill Hairston, MD MPH
Wake Forest University Health Sciences

Sarah M. Camhi, PhD MS
University of Massachusetts

Jesse A. Lieberman, MD
Carolinas Rehabilitation

Quinn R. Pack, MD
Mayo Clinic

Sally S. Wong, PhD RD CDN
City University of New York

Early Career Events

Early Career Day Presentations from Scientific Sessions 2014

Download a list of Early Career Events at EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions (PDF)

Spring Meeting

The primary goal of the joint EPI|Lifestyle Spring Scientific Sessions is to promote the development and application of translational and population science related to the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

The Councils on Epidemiology & Prevention (EPI) and Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health jointly plan the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions.  The sessions focus on obesity, nutrition, physical activity, genetics, metabolism, biomarkers, risk factors, subclinical disease, clinical disease, healthy populations, and global health.  The program also highlights strategies to translate advances in basic and clinical science into efforts to promote cardiometabolic health in both the clinical and population setting.

Visit the EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions site for more detailed information.


Young Investigator Awards

The Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding endeavors by new investigators in research activities and encourages continued biomedical research careers, related to cardiovascular function and diseases, including basic science, integrated physiology and clinical problems.

Student Scholar Award

The objective of Student Scholar awards is to stimulate student scholars in medicine, nursing, public health, nutrition and other allied health disciplines to carry out research projects related to cardiovascular disease, stroke and basic science.

Educational Opportunities

Meetings and Conferences

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Disease Meetings and Conferences
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity Meetings and Conferences
  • Other Meetings and Conferences

Funding Opportunities

Searching for Funding Opportunities

Types of Grants

  • Pilot Funds include NIH R03 or small grants ($50k year)
  • NIH K awards – 2-5 years in length, large portion is PI salary with small research budget 
  • NIH R01’s  Investigator initiated awards – can be in response to PA’s— (up to $500K year, up to 5 years)
  • Responses to RFA’s
  • Other independent funding

Please visit the AHA's Research Funding Opportunities for more information about the following Grants and Awards. 

  • Medical Student Research Program
    The student research  program encourages promising students, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, from all disciplines to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke. The research opportunity will allow students to work for 8, 10 or 12 weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project broadly related to cardiovascular  disease/function or stroke. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.
  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.
  • Clinical Research Program
    Encourages early career investigators who have appropriate and supportive mentoring relationships to engage in high quality introductory and pilot clinical studies that will guide future strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease and stroke while fostering new research in clinical and translational science, and encouraging community- and population-based activities.
  • Undergraduate Student Research Program
    The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
    Provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial period of career development that spans the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position. The award provides a supportive mentored experience during this period of transition. The award will
    1. greatly enhance the awardee's chances of obtaining a high-quality faculty/staff appointment;
    2. improve the awardee's success and retention in an investigative career in cardiovascular science; and
    3. develop the mentoring skills of the awardee as a potential future mentor.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.
  • Beginning Grant-In-Aid
    Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists. 
  • Scientist Development Grant
    Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.
  • Grant-In-Aid
    Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.

Basic Science Track

Predoctoral Training Grants

Postdoctoral Training Grants
Early Career/Transition Grants

Clinical Science Track

Predoctoral Training Grants

Postdoctoral Training Grants

Early Career/Transition Grants