Max Harry Weil Award for Resuscitation Science

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)

To qualify for this Resuscitation Science Symposium award, you must meet the following deadlines:

  • June 13, 2023 – Deadline to have an active AHA membership with this Council.
  • June 20, 2023, 6 p.m. CDT – Deadline to apply for this award in the Council Awards System.

For awards requiring abstract submission, the deadline to submit your science to Resuscitation Science Symposium 2023 is June 20, 2023, 6 p.m. (CDT).

Max Harry Weil, MD, PhDThe Max Harry Weil Award for Resuscitation Science was established in 2012. The award acknowledges the accomplishments of young investigators and to encourage investigators to continue their research in biomedical sciences relevant to the mission and scope of the 3CPR council.

This award honors the memory of Max Harry Weil, MD, PhD, considered the “father of critical care medicine” and a pioneer in 3CPR science.

Weil died on July 29, 2011, at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif, at the age of 84. He was an acclaimed physician who received numerous accolades in the cardiology and critical care field. He was the founding president of the Society of Critical Care Medicine; a Fellow of the American Heart Association, a master fellow of the College of Chest Physicians; a master of the American College of Physicians; and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He was the author or coauthor of more than 1,300 articles, chapters and books, and held more than two dozen patents.

Born in Switzerland and raised in Germany, Weil came to New York as a child and ultimately earned his doctorate in medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and a PhD in physiology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. He came to California in the 1950s and opened the state’s first heart catheterization facility at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte. Weil spent 23 years on faculty at USC and working at L.A.’s County Hospital and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, opening one of the first intensive care units in the nation. He started the Institute of Critical Care Medicine in 1959. Later, he chaired the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School and headed its cardiology and critical care divisions. In 2004, he was awarded the AHA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Cardiac Resuscitation Science. Dr. Weil was recognized by the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine in 2009. He personally trained more than 400 physician and bioengineering fellows from all over the world, and at the time of his death was still teaching CPR, designing research projects and supervising the education of research fellows in 3CPR science. His life and his work were dedicated to pioneering research and tough but caring mentorship to any and all young investigators interested in 3CPR science. This award, issued in his name, will preserve and grow that vision for future generations.

Award Recipients

  • 2022 Yusuke Endo, DVM, PhD
  • 2021 Takahiro Nakashima, MD, PhD
  • 2020 Tasuku Matsuyama, MD, PhD
  • 2019 Qiujun Yu, MD, PHD
  • 2018 Rebecca R, Vanderpool, PhD
  • 2017 Kristian Kragholm, MD, PhD
  • 2016 Carolina Malta Hansen
  • 2015 Roxane Paulin
  • 2014 Kotaro Kida
  • 2013 Zachary Goldberger
  • 2012 Theresa Olasveengen

Eligibility Criteria

  • All applicants for the award must be members of the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Pulmonary & Resuscitation (3CPR) at the time of application. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so by one week prior to the application submission deadline for your member account to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about becoming an AHA Professional Member.
  • Candidates must be working in any area of research relevant to resuscitation science.
  • Applicant must be active in research and still be in training as an undergraduate or pre-doctoral student, or be active in research and within 10 years of completing medical fellowship (or residency as NIH states, MDs would be Fellows for 3–6 years of the 7–10), terminal degree or highest certificate (e.g., MSc, PhD), as of the award application date.
  • Previous winners of this award are not eligible to reapply for the award in subsequent years.
  • The submitted manuscript may have been published in any peer-reviewed journal within 12 months prior to the submission deadline. The manuscript may have co-authors, but the applicant should be the first author.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • Abstracts 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. The AHA Research Award policies include (but are not limited to) research using human subjects or animals and stem cell research.
  • Candidates must be registered for the Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS).
  • The winner must be able to present their abstract at the AHA Resuscitation Science Symposium and attend the ReSS Young Investigator Networking Event and the 3CPR Council Annual Reception, where the award will be presented.

Evaluation Criteria

The 3CPR Council Leadership Committee will judge applications based on the following:

  • Quality and originality of the candidate’s published manuscript
  • Candidate’s CV or NIH biosketch
  • Letters of reference and support from the candidate’s supervisor/mentor and one additional supporter.

How to Apply/Required Documents


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

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

  1. A peer-reviewed manuscript based on independent research that has been published electronically and/or in print within the 12 months immediately prior to the award application submission deadline.
  2. Curriculum vitae or NIH biosketch, including bibliography.
  3. Two required letters of reference and support, detailing why this young investigator stands out as worthy for the award; examples of the candidate’s relevant qualifications as a researcher are also encouraged. One of the letters must be written by the candidate's immediate supervisor or mentor.

The annual application cycle will take place approximately between March/April and June. The winner, plus their mentor/supervisor, will be notified by August in order to make plans to be in attendance at the 3CPR council dinner for the award presentation.

Visit the Council Awards Application System to complete an application.

A username and password previously set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily (PHD) will be necessary to access the Application System. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA membership identification numbers.

An active AHA Professional Membership is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait for your AHA member number to arrive from AHA Member Services via e-mail before creating an online profile and starting your application file. We suggest that new members join the AHA no later than one week prior to the application submission deadline for the member ID number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline. The membership number will be required on the award application form.

  1. Click the link for the Council Awards Application System.
  2. Sign in with your Professional Heart Daily username and password.
  3. Follow these instructions to set up your profile in ProposalCentral. Setting up your ProposalCentral profile will only need to be done the first time you login to apply for an American Heart Association Council Awards. Please note that the grant maker named American Heart Association is for AHA Research Awards and is a separate log in.

For more detailed information on ProposalCentral, also included are additional materials on specific ProposalCentral functionality.


The winner will receive:

  • $1,500 honorarium
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, and recognition and presentation of a plaque at the 3CPR Council dinner.


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