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ISHLT 2014 Abstract Award Winners


The winners of the 2014 Abstract Awards, as well as additional awards, were announced at the Awards Presentation hosted by Grants & Awards Committee co-chairs Andrew J Fisher and Daniel R Goldstein during the Closing Plenary Session on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the ISHLT 34th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions in San Diego.

More information about the ISHLT Awards, including current and past recipients, can be found on the Awards page of the ISHLT website at www.ishlt.org/awards.

Philip K. Caves Award
The Philip K. Caves 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.

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2014 Recipient: Jessica Spahn
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO, USA

Abstract: DAP12 Expression By Lung-Resident Macrophages Mediates Pulmonary Ischemia Reperfusion Injury By Promoting Neutrophil Extravasation

Mentor:   Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD



Nursing, Health Sciences and Allied Health 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.

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2014 Recipient: Louise Fuller, PT
The Alfred Hospital
Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Abstract: Longer Versus a Shorter Duration Exercise Rehabilitation Program Following Lung Transplant: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Mentors:   Anne Holland and Gregory Snell



Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract Award
Established in 2009 and funded through a grant from Thoratec, the Branislav Radovancevic Memorial Best MCS Abstract 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. The goal of the award is to encourage scholarly clinical work in MCS 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.

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2014 Recipient: Jason O. Robertson, MD
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Abstract: Concomitant Aortic Valve Procedures in Patients Undergoing Implantation of Continuous-Flow LVADs: An INTERMACS Database Analysis

Mentor: Scott Silvestry, MD



JFTC Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation Best Presentation Award
To recognize the outstanding contributions by junior faculty and trainees, the ISHLT Junior Faculty and Trainees Council (JFTC) sponsors a session each year at the Annual Meeting entitled, "Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation." Cases are submitted during abstract submission (in the Case Reports category) by junior faculty and trainees, and the top abstracts from this category are selected for presentation in the session. Master clinicians are invited to discuss the intricacies of these cases and share clinical pearls. At the conclusion of the session, the best case presentation is selected by a panel of JFTC judges and the presenter is awarded complimentary registration to the next ISHLT Annual Meeting.

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(Accepting award: Christopher Ensor)

2014 Recipient: Lauren Sacha
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Abstract: Carfilzomib for Refractory Antibody Mediated Rejection and Allosensitization in Heart Transplantation

Mentors:    Michael Shullo, PharmD and Adriana Zeevi, PhD






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