Melvin Judkins Early Career Clinical Investigator Award

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention


Scientific Sessions Early Career Investigator Awards will reopen in April 2021.

The Melvin Judkins Early Career Clinical Investigator Award, named for the pioneer of coronary angiography, recognizes meritorious research from early career investigators and promotes careers in cardiovascular radiology. Finalists will be recognized, and a winner will be selected at the AHA's Scientific Sessions in November.


2020 Winner

  • Liza Chacko, MBBS, BSc

2020 Finalists

  • Parastou Eslami, PhD
  • Christos P. Kotanidis, MD, MSc
  • Andrew Lewis, DPhil, MRCP, MBBS
  • Mohammad R. Ostovaneh, MD, MPH

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be pursuing research in the basic biological or medical sciences or related fields.
  • Candidates must be PhDs and/or MDs still in training as a resident or fellow, or those who have completed training as a resident or a fellow within the last four years; or PhDs and/or MDs still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • All applicants for Early Career Investigator Awards sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the AHA. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so by May 30 for your member account to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about becoming an AHA Professional Member.
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Cardiovascular Radiology and Intervention is the lead/primary sponsor. Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply. View a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF).
  • An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from the other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same scientific meeting.
  • Only one application 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 a.m. ET/4 a.m. CT, Monday, November 9, 2020). You will be contacted by AHA communications if you are selected to participate in an AHA news event.
  • The case may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions.
  • The case abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.
  • 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. 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, nurses, 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 included 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(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) 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 be submitted through the AHA's Scientific Sessions website before the abstract submission deadline and before submission of this award application. Visit Scientific Sessions to submit your abstract and note your abstract control number as it will be needed on your award application form.
  2. An unpublished manuscript based on independent research.
  3. Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  4. 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 Application System(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window) to complete an application.

A username and password set up through online registration at Professional Heart Daily will be necessary to access the Application System. If you have not created an online profile yet, you may register as you enter the Application System by clicking "Sign Up" next to the Log In button on the sign-in page. AHA Professional Members who are creating an online profile for the first time should make sure to register using their AHA member identification numbers.

AHA Professional Member account is required of all applicants for this award. If you are joining the AHA to apply, please wait on 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 May 30 for the member number to be processed and delivered in time for the application deadline.

Prize

Finalists for the Early Career Investigator Awards competitions associated with Scientific Sessions will be announced in August. The top candidates for the Judkins Award will present their research results at Scientific Sessions. The winner will be announced at the CVRI Awards Council Reception and Annual Business Meeting.

The winner and each finalist will receive the following:

  • Cash award: The first-prize winner will receive a plaque and $1,000; additional finalists will each receive a plaque and $750.
  • All finalists will receive a complimentary council dinner ticket, along with recognition at the CVRI Awards Council Reception and Annual Business Meeting

Each finalist will be designated in the Scientific Sessions Program and the Scientific Sessions online supplement to Circulation(link opens in new window)(link opens in new window). Acceptance for the competition does not guarantee publication in any other American Heart Association sponsored journal.

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