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Cournand and Comroe Early Career Investigator Award

Award Application Window: April 17–June 11, 2019 at 11 p.m. (Central Time)
The Cournand and Comroe Award acknowledges the research and accomplishments of early career investigator members of the Council on Cardiopulmonary Critical Care Perioperative and Resuscitation and encourages them to continue their research in biomedical sciences. The winner will be announced at the competition during Scientific Sessions in November.

Awardees of Prize-Winning Presentations

2018Lai-Ming Yung, PhD
ActRIIA-Fc Rebalances Activin/GDF and BMP9 Signaling to Attenuate Experimental Pulmonary Hypertension
2017Nobuhiro Kikuchi, MD, PhD
Selenoprotein P Promotes the Development of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension-A Possible Novel Therapeutic Target
2016Ling Wang, MD, PhD
Five-Coordinate H64Q Neuroglobin as a Ligand-Trap Antidote for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
2015Alexander Rothman, MA, MSc
MicroRNA-140 Regulates Disease Phenotype in Experimental PAH and Identifies SMURF1 as a Novel Therapeutic Target
2014Ke Yuan, PhD
Activation of the Wnt/Planar Cell Polarity Pathway is Required for Pericyte Recruitment During Pulmonary Angiogenesis
2013Roxane Paulin, PhD
Mitochondrial Suppression Due to Loss of Sirt3 Deacetylase Activity Causes Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
2012John Ryan, MB, MCh
Augmenting Mitofusin-2 in Females With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Increases Mitochondrial Fusion, Reduces Smooth Muscle Cell Hyperproliferation and Regresses Experimental Disease
2011Hirofumi Sawada, MD
Reduced BMPR2 Increases GM-CSF mRNA Translation by Inhibiting eIF2α Mediated Stress Granule Formation and Propensity to Pulmonary Vascular Disease
2010Thenappan Thenappan, MD
A Central Role for CD68(+) Pulmonary Intravascular Macrophages in the Etiology of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome: Syndrome Reversal by Macrophage Depletion
2009Dechaboon Changsirivathanathamrong, MBBS
Kynurenine Is a Novel Contributor to Hypotension in Human Sepsis
2008Paul Chan, MD
Long-Term Effects of a Rapid Response Team on  Hospital-Wide Code Rates and Mortality

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be working in an area of research related to pulmonary, perioperative, resuscitation, or critical care biology.
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the 3CPR Council is the lead/primary sponsor. Please view a list of Scientific Sessions Council Awards and Travel Grants Available by Abstract Category and Community (PDF) here.
  • Candidates must be Early Career Investigators who are PhDs and/or MDs still in training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.) or have completed training 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 for Early Career Investigator Awards sponsored by a scientific council must be professional members of the AHA. If you need to become an AHA Professional Member, you should do so no later than May 30 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline. Learn more about AHA membership.
  • An individual may not compete for similar early career investigator awards from the other American Heart Association Scientific Councils for the same conference.
  • Only one manuscript per candidate will be considered.
  • The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors.
  • Previous winners and finalists of this award are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • The work covered by the abstract must not have been published (manuscript or abstract) before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions. 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 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:

  • Scientific merit of the abstract.
  • Quality and originality of the manuscript.
  • Letter from the candidate's sponsor and any other included reference letters.
  • 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. Your abstract control number will be needed on the award application form.
  2. An unpublished manuscript based on independent research, no longer than 30 pages, double-spaced.
  3. Curriculum vitae and bibliography.
  4. A letter of support 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 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 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 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 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 Cournand and Comroe Award 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 $1,000.
  • Complimentary council dinner ticket, plus recognition at the council dinner.

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