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ISHLT ABRAMSON-IMHOFF LINKS TRAVEL AWARDS

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The ISHLT Abramson-Imhoff Links Travel Awards, funded in part by the generous support from Mrs. Sue Abramson (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) and Mr. Larry Imhoff (La Place, Louisiana, USA), have been established to contribute to the development of our future leaders which include physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals within the ISHLT. Our intent is to support their evolving expertise in investigation, communication, and dissemination of new ideas for the betterment of patients with failing lungs and/or a failing heart including such conditions as pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, and the various heart diseases.

Those eligible for such support from this travel fund must fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Any healthcare professional including nurses, nurse coordinators, social workers, pharmacists, therapists, dietitians and early career physicians are eligible and must be a member of the ISHLT regardless of duration in their career

  2. An imposed restriction on physicians is that they must be in their Early Career - within 7 years of their training, Assistant Professor equivalent, or junior faculty level.

  3. Individuals must display some form of research interest, basic, clinical, translational or outcomes investigations or at a minimum display some skill in journalism best exemplified by their contributions to the Links Newsletter engendering fresh and creative ideas.


Photo credit: Tatiana Savveteeva, Prague, Lesser Town, Photos.com

In summary, a young investigator, budding scientist, leader, or skillful and thoughtful writer, who shows an interest in research of some sort with an uncanny ability to think creatively enough to share their ideas through the Links, would be eligible to receive the maximum support from this fund to help offset the costs to attend the Annual Meeting. Smaller stipends will also be available for others.

With this fund, the ISHLT will be able to lend a hand to our future leaders with creative writing skills in sustaining our Society by keeping us in the vanguard of managing such complicated patients in perpetuity.

Each year, the winners will be selected by: Dr Vincent Valentine (custodian of the fund); the ISHLT Executive Director; the ISHLT President; the ISHLT Program Chair; the Links Editor; and the Links Managing Editor.

As the end of 2011 marked the initial creation of the fund and the first bestowment of these awards, the recipients were selected by the Editorial Staff and approved by the ISHLT Board of Directors. Please join me in congratulating the winners of the 2012 ISHLT Abramson-Imhoff Links Travel Awards.


WRITER OF THE YEAR - $4,000.00


tereza martinu

Tereza Martinu, MD

Tantalizing us with her monthly depictions of the rich culture and history of Prague, Dr. Martinu (Duke University Medical Center, USA) has all of us prepared for our trip to Prague this April. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude for the wealth of knowledge she has shared with us about her home country. Currently, Dr. Martinu is an Associate Editor (Pulmonary) for the Links Newsletter, a member of the Scientific Councils on Pulmonary Transplantation, Basic Science & Translational Research, and Junior Faculty & Trainees, and served as an Abstract Reviewer this year.



First Runner-Up - $1,000.00

Two individuals were selected to receive this award:


stanley martin

Stanley I Martin, MD

As leader of the Communications Workforce of the ISHLT Infectious Diseases Council, Dr. Martin (The Ohio State University Medical Center, USA) has gone above and beyond the call of duty by contributing articles for the June, July, August, September, and October 2011 issues. He has also been instrumental in helping to gather, as well as write and collaborate, quality ID content for the February 2012 issue. Dr. Martin is an Associate Editor (Infectious Diseases) of the Links Newsletter, and served as an Abstract Reviewer this year.

luciano potena

Luciano Potena, MD, PhD

Dr. Potena has contributed several articles for the Links Newsletters, including a piece on AMR in July 2011, and an in-depth article interviewing 6 transplant and VAD experts in October 2011. From the University of Bologna (Italy), Dr. Potena is a member of the ISHLT 2012 Annual Program Committee, collaborating with several other ISHLT members in the Heart category to put together a very exciting scientific program in Prague. He is an active member of the Scientific Councils on Heart Failure & Transplant Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Junior Faculty and Trainees. He is also a member of the Links International Correspondents Board.



Honorable Mention - $500.00

Five individuals were selected to receive this award:

nancy blumenthal

bronwyn levvey

Nancy P Blumenthal, CRNP and Bronwyn J Levvey, RN

Both Nancy Blumenthal (Univ of Pennsylvania Medical Center, USA) and Bronwyn Levvey (Alfred Hospital, Australia) are to be commended for their outstanding job in soliciting, motivating, gathering, and editing all of the content for the January 2012 issue which focused on Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health.

With very little guidance, they were able to develop the January issue into a masterful work of literary art to usher in the New Year for the heart and lung transplant community.

Currently, Nancy is Chair of the Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health (NHSAH) Council and is an Associate Editor (Nursing) of the Links Newsletter.

Bronwyn is the Communications Workforce Leader of the NHSAH Council, a member of the 2012 Annual Program Committee, and a member of the Pulmonary Transplantation Council. She is also a member of the Links International Correspondents Board.

javier carbone

Javier Carbone, MD, PhD

Dr. Carbone (Gregorio Maranon Hospital, Spain) has contributed articles for the June, July, and September 2011 issues. His unsolicited motivation and assistance proved useful and invaluable for these Links issues. He is a member of the Links International Correspondents Board as well as the Heart Failure & Transplant Medicine Council and Infectious Diseases Council. Dr. Carbone also served as an Abstract Reviewer this year.

stavros drakos

Stavros G Drakos, MD

Dr. Drakos (Univ of Utah School of Medicine, USA) contributed a very intensive two-part report on the Heart Transplantation Society of America's 15th Annual Scientific Meeting, which appeared in both the December 2011 and January 2012 issues. Dr. Drakos is an Associate Editor (Cardiology) of the Links Newsletter, and a member of the Heart Failure & Transplant Medicine Council and the Mechanical Circulatory Support Council. He also served as an Abstract Reviewer this year.

daniel dilling

Daniel F Dilling, MD

Dr. Dilling (Loyola Univ Medical Center, USA) has been instrumental in orchestrating and guiding writers to contribute content for the forthcoming March 2012 issue of the Links Newsletter, focusing on Junior Faculty and Trainees. His eagerness and initiative in tackling this time-consuming job have not gone unnoticed! Dr. Dilling is the current Chair of the Junior Faculty and Trainees Council, as well as a member of the Pulmonary Transplantation Council. He is an Associate Editor for the Links Newsletter (Junior Faculty and Trainees), served on the 2011 Program Committee, and also served as an Abstract Reviewer this year.