ISHLT Celebrates Excellence with Early Career Abstracts Awards from 2021 Annual Meeting

Published 29 July 2021
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ADDISON, Texas – 29 July, 2021 – As a Society committed to supporting and developing advanced heart and lung research—and to promoting the best work of the next generation of researchers—the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation gives three abstract awards each year to recognize high quality research from trainees, residents, fellows, and graduate students.

To accommodate the virtual nature of the ISHLT’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which drew more than 3,000 attendees, the Society developed a virtual judging protocol that expanded the number of judges who could participate and increased the total amount of time they could spend evaluating each presentation.

These three awards highlight the best work presented by early career investigators at the meeting, and award-winning presentations will be highlighted on ISHLTv, the society’s virtual platform for webinars and online education, in October 2021. The full abstracts were published in a special supplement to the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation’s April 2021 issue.

Headshot of Aizhou Wang
Philip K. Caves Award

Aizhou Wang, PhD
Toronto General Hospital Research Institute
Toronto, ON Canada
Presentation: Developing Universal ABO Blood Type Donor Lungs with Ex Vivo Enzymatic Treatment: A Proof of Concept Feasibility Study

The ISHLT Philip K. Caves Award is named after the clinician who developed and pioneered the technique of transvenous endomyocardial biopsy to assess for rejection after cardiac transplantation. Established in 1982 to encourage and reward original high-quality research performed by trainees, residents, fellows, and graduate students, this award is bestowed annually on the candidate whose oral presentation is judged to be the best of those selected for the Caves Award Session at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Headshot of Xiaomeng Hu
Early Career Scientist Award

Xiaomeng Hu
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, CA USA
Presentation: CRIPSR/Cas9 Technology: Hypoimmunogenic Pluripotent Stem Cells Evade Immune Rejection In Fully Immunocompetent Allogeneic Recipients

The ISHLT Early Career Scientist Award recognizes excellence in research in the field of basic and translational science with the goal of encouraging non-clinicians in the early stages of their careers to submit their work for presentation at the ISHLT Annual meeting.

Headshot of Daniel Beauchamp
Early Career Clinical Case Dilemmas Best Presentation Award

Daniel Beauchamp, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Cincinnati, OH USA
Presentation: Metastatic Signet Ring Cell Carcinoma Masquerading as Acute on Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension Requiring ECMO

The ISHLT Early Career and Trainees Clinical Case Dilemmas Best Presentation Award recognizes top abstracts submitted in the Early Career Clinical Case Reports category. ISHLT offers a session each year at the Annual Meeting entitled Early Career and Trainees Clinical Case Dilemmas: The Best of the Best.

The International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary professional organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with advanced heart or lung disease through transplantation, mechanical support and innovative therapies. With more than 3,800 members in more than 45 countries, ISHLT is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the research, education and advocacy of end-stage heart and lung disease. ISHLT members represent more than 15 different professional disciplines. For more information, visit