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Grants & Awards from Prague

2012 ISHLT Abstract Awards


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The following abstract awards were presented at the ISHLT 32nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions during the Plenary Session on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the Prague Congress Center in Prague, Czech Republic.

2012 ISHLT Philip K. Caves Award

This award is named for Philip K. Caves, who developed and pioneered the technique of transvenous endomyocardial biopsy for use in the monitoring of cardiac graft tolerance. Established in 1982 to encourage and reward original research in transplantation performed by residents, fellows, and graduate students, this $1,000 award is bestowed annually on the resident/fellow/student whose oral presentation is judged to be the best at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

simo syrjala Recipient: Simo Syrjala, MD
Transplantation Lab, Haartman Institute, Helsinki, Finland


Abstract Title: COMP-Ang1 Reduces Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury-Induced Microvascular Dysfunction and Chronic Rejection in Rat Cardiac Allografts
Mentor: Karl Lemstrom, MD, PhD



2012 ISHLT Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best Paper Award

Established in 2009 and funded through a grant from Thoratec, this award is a $2500 travel award to the ISHLT Annual Meeting designed to encourage submission of high quality abstracts in the mechanical circulatory support category, particularly from individuals in emerging countries. The goal of the award is to encourage scholarly clinical work in MCS in emerging countries and to facilitate scientific exchange regarding MCS. Dr. Radovancevic, a long-time member of ISHLT, was devoted to the encouragement of scientific collaboration with Eastern European physicians and scientists. This award is designed to encourage others to continue his efforts to develop MCS and provide mentorship to others. Therefore, priority is given to researchers and clinicians who are residents or fellows, and/or who are from emerging countries.

arun sridhar Recipient: Arun Raghav Mahankali Sridhar, MD, MPH
Washington Hospital Center, Silver Spring, MD, USA


Abstract Title: Trends in Utilization and Costs of Left Ventricular Assist Device Therapy for Advanced Heart Failure in US - Results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample 2005-2008
Mentors: Gurusher Panjrath, MD, Johns Hopkins University; Sravanthi Parasa, MD, Washington Hospital Center; and William Hillegass, University of Alabama at Birmingham,Center for Outcomes Research



2012 ISHLT Nursing and Social Sciences Excellence In Research Award

This award was established in 2005 to recognize excellence in Nursing and Social Science research, with the purpose of encouraging original investigation and professional excellence in the preparation of scientific papers. This award recognizes an outstanding contribution by a nurse or social scientist whose work makes an important contribution to the field of heart and lung transplantation. This $1,000 award is bestowed annually on the nurse or social scientist whose oral presentation is judged to be the best at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

kate hayes Recipient: Kate Hayes
The Alfred Hospital


Abstract: Effects of Exercise Training on Exercise Capacity and Quality of Life in Patients with a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD): A Preliminary Randomised Controlled Trial



2012 ISHLT Junior Faculty and Trainee Council
Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation—Best Presentation Award

erin albers Recipient: Erin Albers
Vanderbilt University


Case: Ventricular Dysfunction after Pediatric Heart Transplant: It's Not Always Rejection!



Congratulations to all of the 2012 Abstract Award recipients!