Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Research Prize

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

To qualify for Scientific Sessions Early Career Investigator Awards, you must meet the deadlines listed below.

  • May 30, 2020 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with the sponsoring Council.
  • June 15, 2020, 6 p.m. CDTApplications must be started and saved as a draft (Name and Email) in the Council Awards System to be eligible for the June 19, 2020 deadline extension.
  • June 19, 2020, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to submit your science to Scientific Sessions 2020.
  • June 19, 2020, 8 p.m. CDT – Extended deadline to apply for Early Career Investigator Awards.

The Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Prize encourages new investigators to continue research careers in basic cardiovascular science. This award historically has recognized research involving biochemical, cellular, molecular and genetic sciences, and now includes whole animal studies, especially those related to the creation of new genetic lines.

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations
Year Awardee
2019 Klitos Konstantinidis, MD
MICAL1 Constrains Cardiac Stress Responses And Protects Against Disease By Oxidizing CaMKII 
2018 Matthew J. Brody, PhD
Palmitoylation-Dependent Regulation of RhoGTPase Signaling and Cardiac Hypertrophy 
2017 Michinari Nakamura, MD
Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3a Regulates Fatty Acid Metabolism through PPARa Phosphorylation that Underlies Lipotoxic Cardiomyopathy 
2016 Yen-Sing Ang, PhD 
2015 Federica Accornero, PhD
Bex1 is a RNA-­?dependent mediator of cardiac inflammation and compensation
2014 Jennifer Davis, BS, MA, PhD
MBNL1 Directly Regulates the Alternative Splicing of mRNAs that Promote Myofibroblast Differentiation
2013 Shinichi Oka, BS, MS, PhD
Dimer Conversion of PPARalpha/RXR to PPARalpha/Sirt1 Suppresses Fatty Acid Oxidation Genes 
2012 Hee Cheol Cho, PhD
Transcription Factor - Driven Conversion of Quiescent Cardiomyocytes to Pacemaker Cells 
2011 Li Qian, PhD
In Vivo Reprogramming of Murine Cardiac Fibroblasts into Induced Cardiomyocytes 
2010 Arjun Deb, MD
Wnt1 Mediated Dynamic Injury Response Activates the Epicardium and is Critical for Cardiac Repair 
2009 Michael Potente, MD
SIRT1 Limits Endothelial Notch Signaling During Blood Vessel Growth Through NICD Deacetylation
2008 Raffaella Lombardi, M.D., Ph.D.
Genetic Fate Mapping Identifies Second Heart Field Progenitor Cells as a Source of Adipocytes 
2007 Tetsuro Ago, M.D., Ph.D.
Redox-meditation regulation of HDAC4, a class 11 HDAC, by Thioredoxin1 through interaction with DnaJb5, a heat shock protein 40

Eligibility Criteria

  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences is the lead/primary sponsor. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF). Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • Candidates include PhDs and/or MDs who have completed training only within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • All applicants and applicant sponsors for the award must be partners of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences. If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Partner you should do so by May 30 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA professional membership.
  • An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year for the same meeting.
  • Only one manuscript per candidate will be considered.
  • The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors. The presenting author of an accepted abstract must be registered for Scientific Sessions. Additional information about registration and fees may be found on the Scientific Sessions website.
  • Winners and Finalists are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Abstract results and presentations (abstract or manuscript) are prohibited from release until AHA embargo date and time (5:00 am ET/4:00 am CT, Monday, November 9, 2020). You will be contacted by AHA communications if you are selected to participate in an AHA news event.
  • Abstract data may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions.
  • The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.
  • Abstracts/manuscripts eligible for this award must be based upon projects that adhere to the American Heart Association’s policies governing all research awards, regardless of whether the project was funded by the American Heart Association. These policies include (but are not limited to) research using human subjects or animals and stem cell research.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.

Evaluation Criteria

Panels of distinguished researchers, scientists, clinicians and academicians representing the breadth of cardiovascular disease and stroke will judge applications. Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Scientific merit of the abstract
  • Quality and originality of the manuscript
  • Letter from the candidate's sponsor and any other reference letters
  • Candidate's curriculum vitae
  • Oral abstract presentation at Scientific Sessions (finalists only). The finalist must be the presenter of his/her submission and no alternates or proxy will be allowed.

How to Apply/Required Documents

Electronic submission through the Council Awards Application System is required. Hard copies of any part of the application cannot be accepted.

Your application file should contain the following documents in PDF format:

  1. AHA abstract in accordance with AHA rules and regulations for submitting abstracts to Scientific Sessions. Please note that this abstract must first be submitted through the AHA's Scientific Sessions website before the abstract submission deadline. Visit Scientific Sessions to submit your abstract before submission of this award application as your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.
  2. An unpublished manuscript based on independent research.
  3. Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  4. A letter detailing how much of the design and research work was done by the candidate and by any co-investigators. The candidate's immediate supervisor, division head, department chairman, or institute director must write this statement. In case of multi-authored manuscripts, the supervisor should also indicate that among all the co-authors the applicant is the most appropriate candidate for the award, and offer rationale for this opinion. Supportive statements of the candidate and his or her relevant qualifications as a researcher are also encouraged.

Though not required, up to two additional letters of support or reference from individuals familiar with the applicant, his or her background, or his or her research may be submitted. Inclusion of additional support letters does not guarantee higher consideration of an application, but can be beneficial.

Visit the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. A link is provided on the system home page to aid you if you have forgotten your username and/or password. If you do not have a username or password with us yet (an online profile), please set up an account prior to accessing the Council Awards & Fellowships Application System. This will enable you to create a profile, username and password free of charge and without obligation. Once completed, you will be taken back to the application system. AHA Professional Partners who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on your AHA membership number to arrive from AHA Partner Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA ASAP for the membership number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.


Finalists for the Early Career Investigator Awards competitions associated with Scientific Sessions will be announced in August. The top candidates for the Katz Prize will present their research results at Scientific Sessions. Each finalist will also receive the following:

  • Cash award: The first-prize winner will receive a plaque and $1,500; the other finalists will each receive a plaque and $500.
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, along with recognition at the council dinner.

Each finalist will be designated in the Scientific Sessions online supplement to Circulation. Acceptance for the competition does not guarantee publication in any other American Heart Association sponsored journal.


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