Abstracts and Awards

BCVS Scientific Sessions 2020

Basic Cardiovascular Science Scientific Sessions
Emerging Opportunities in Cardiovascular Diseases

July 27–30, 2020
Hilton Chicago — Chicago, Illinois
Registration Information
Last day for EARLY Registration is May 26!

Abstract Submission
NEW Submission extended to Wed., April 8 at 11:59 p.m. CDT/UTC-5

NEW See important update to abstract submission process

Abstract Guidelines

2020 Special Circumstances for COVID-19*

Due to COVID-19, the American Heart Association is revising its abstract policy to accommodate participants.

  • Abstract presenters affected by COVID-19 can continue to participate in the physical poster presentation, ePosters (can include audio/video options for presentation) and publication if they are unable to travel to the meeting.
  • Abstract refunds will be considered for the following reasons if the individuals does not intend on participating in virtual, ePoster or publication. Must be received via email prior to the published withdraw date.
    • For individuals who are unable to travel due to government travel bans. For example, countries banned from entering the US or banned by their country from traveling abroad.
    • Full refunds for individuals affected by a natural disaster.
    • Full refunds for individuals that have a death in their immediate family, medical diagnosis resulting in the inability to travel, or visa not issued.

*In effect through June 30, 2020.

Important Message to Abstract Submitters

DEADLINE EXTENDED The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time.

NEW FOR 2020 The AHA has moved to a single sign-on process for submitting abstracts and disclosures through our website, Professional Heart Daily.

  • Abstract submitters must have a username and password on Professional Heart Daily to complete their abstract submission when submitting to any AHA scientific meeting.
  • If you do not remember your Professional Heart Daily login information or need to update your personal profile, do not create a new account. Please reach out to AHA Customer Service for assistance:

    AHA Customer Service
    (888) 242-2453 (Inside U.S.)
    (214) 570-5935 (Outside U.S.)
    Email: professional.help@heart.org

    Hours of Operation:

    Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT
  • The AHA is now required to collect financial disclosures from all abstract submitting authors and co-authors.

    • As the submitting author, please be prepared to provide all co-author emails.
    • Co-authors without a complete disclosure will receive separate correspondence to submit this information.

2020 Abstract Submission Categories

  1. Cardiac Regeneration, Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering
  2. Cell Death Mechanisms, Apoptosis, Necrosis and Autophagy
  3. Clinical/Translational Research
  4. Excitation-Contraction Coupling
  5. Genetics and Genomics of Cardiovascular Disease
  6. Human Cellular Models of Disease
  7. Inflammation and the Cardiovascular System
  8. Ion Channels and Arrhythmias
  9. Mechanisms of Myocardial Fibrosis and Remodeling
  10. Mitochondria and Metabolism
  11. Myocardial Ischemia, Oxidative Stress, and Cardioprotection
  12. RNA and Cellular Regulation
  13. Sarcomeric Function and Contractility
  14. Signal Transduction Pathways
  15. Systems Approach to Cardiovascular Biology
  16. Transcriptional and Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression

Download the complete Abstract Rules and Submission Guidelines (PDF).

Awards Submissions

Applications for these awards may be made by submitting abstracts for presentation at BCVS 2020 Scientific Sessions. NOTE: Applications are accepted through April 8, 2020 at 11:59pm CST.

Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award
This award recognizes up to three finalists who will be selected based on the originality, quality and impact of the work presented in their abstract and curriculum vitae.

Early Career Travel Award
Up to twenty competitive awards of $500 each will be presented to qualified new investigators; awardees will be selected based on the originality, quality, and the impact of the work presented in the abstracts.

Cardiovascular Outreach Award
The purpose of this award is to encourage US minority early career investigators and students to participate in the BCVS 2020 Scientific Sessions.

Early Career Poster Competition
The purpose of this competition is to encourage new investigators to participate in the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Conference 2020 Scientific Sessions.