Kenneth M. Brinkhous Early Career Investigator Award in Thrombosis

Sponsored by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology

To qualify for this Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine award you must meet the following deadlines:

  • Applications are closed and will reopen in the Fall of 2022.

The Kenneth M. Brinkhous Early Career Investigator Prize in Thrombosis recognizes outstanding endeavors by new investigators in fundamental and applied research in Thrombosis including the mechanism, detection, treatment, and prevention of thrombotic disorders.


  • Applicants must be a member of the American Heart Association. (membership number required to complete award application).
  • Applicants should be early-career (post-doctoral associates, fellows, or pre-tenured, junior faculty).
  • Applicant must have a sustained research effort in any area related to thrombosis as evidenced by at least one prior peer-reviewed manuscript in the field.
  • Finalists from previous years are eligible to reapply. Materials submitted in support of re-application must demonstrate that the project has advanced substantively relative to the original application.
  • The work covered by the abstract must not have been published at the time of abstract submission, or presented at a national meeting or world congress before May 10, 2022. The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Vascular Discovery 2022 Program Committee.
  • Be present at the Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions to qualify for this award.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must submit an abstract describing new, unpublished work in the field of thrombosis to Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions.
  • A single manuscript, either unpublished or accepted for publication after January 1, 2021, is required as part of the application. The manuscript may be from a project distinct from the abstract submitted to Vascular Discovery 2022.
  • Applicants may also apply for the Page Award, however, an individual is not eligible for both awards in the same year.

Judging Criteria

The finalist will present their research results during a special session at the Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine Scientific Sessions.
The applicant will be assessed on:

  1. The quality and originality of the submitted manuscript
  2. The quality of the oral presentation and response to questions
  3. Publication and funding record
  4. Service to our scientific community and the AHA


Honorees presenting in-person at the Vascular Discovery meeting will also be eligible for certain travel reimbursements.

The first-prize winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winner and finalists will each receive an engraved plaque and a $500 travel stipend, if presenting at a face-to-face meeting.

How to Apply

The applicant must:

  1. Submit an original abstract to the Vascular Discovery Scientific Sessions. The abstract must be in accordance with the rules and regulations for submitting abstracts and must have been submitted by the abstract submission deadline.
  2. Select the Brinkhous Prize during the abstract submission process.
  3. The following must be submitted by uploading into the abstract submission system (at the "Awards Application Materials" upload step):
    • A cover letter declaring the application for the Kenneth M. Brinkhous Early Career Investigator Prize in Thrombosis.
    • A manuscript that is either unpublished or was accepted for publication after January 1, 2021.
    • A complete curriculum vitae, including bibliography, and clear documentation demonstrating that the applicant is in the early stages of their career (post-doctoral associates, fellows, or junior faculty) and does not have tenure.

Award Recipients

  • 2021 Tessa Barrett, PhD
  • 2020 Robert H Lee, PhD
  • 2019 Tine Wyseure, PhD
  • 2018 Robert A. Campbell, PhD
  • 2017 Kellie R Machlus, PhD
  • 2016 Colin A. Kretz, PhD and Jeremy P. Wood, PhD
  • 2015 Lei Yuan, MD, PhD
  • 2014 Feng Ye, PhD
  • 2013 Lucia Stefanini, PhD
  • 2012 Michael Holinstat, PhD, and Philip Owens, III, PhD
  • 2011 Anil Chauhan, PhD
  • 2010 Rafal Pawlinski, PhD
  • 2009 Wolfgang Bergmeier, PhD
  • 2008 Craig Morrell, DVM, PhD
  • 2007 Brian G. Petrich, PhD
  • 2007 Hansjorg Schwertz
  • 2006 No Finalists
  • 2005 Ruhul Abid, MD, PhD
  • 2004 Peter Bodary, PhD
  • 2003 Sharlene M. Day, MD
  • 2002 Thomas Gerard Diacovo, MD
  • 2001 No Finalists
  • 2000 No Finalists
  • 1999 Mark L. Kahn, MD
  • 1998 Glen E. Cooke, MD
  • 1997 Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD
  • 1997 Nicholas W. Shworak, MD, PhD
  • 1996 Ulhas P. Naik, PhD
  • 1994 Chaoyang Li, MD
  • 1992 William P. Fay, MD
  • 1991 Marschall S. Runge, MD, PhD
  • 1990 Joseph C. Loftus, PhD
  • 1989 Sriram Krishnaswamy, PhD


Please contact:
Julie Green

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Vascular Discovery: From Genes to Medicine

May 10–12, 2023
Boston Marriott Copley Place | Boston, Massachusetts

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