Young Investigator’s Award ISHR North American Section


The annual award was established by the American Section of the ISHR to recognize outstanding research in the field of cardiovascular science by young investigators. Four finalists will be selected to present their work at the meeting in Bologna, June 21-22, 2007.  It is expected that the finalist will attend and participate in the entire meeting.



This competition is open to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and young scientists. Applicants must have had less than five years of independent research experience and be within 10 years of their doctoral degree at the time of application for the award.  Applicants must also be a member of the ISHR.  A membership application can accompany this application.


Rules for Entry:

Please submit all of the following documents electronically (Word or pdf files) to both Dr. Elizabeth Murphy ( and Dr. Donald Bers ( 

1. An unpublished manuscript in the field of cardiovascular research.

This must include an abstract (~250 words) and can be of variable length, according to the stage of final manuscript development and target for journal submission (but cannot exceed 6000 words and 7 Figs).  Note that figures may make the electronic file size unwieldy; it is advisable to prepare the manuscript including figures as a single pdf file.

2. Reprints of not more than two previous papers published by the applicant (as pdf files).

3. Curriculum vitae and bibliography of the applicant (word or pdf file).

4. A brief letter from the supervisor or department head in which the research was done which should include a) a statement describing the role of the applicant in the work described in the manuscript and b) an evaluation of the applicant’s potential as an investigator (word or pdf file).


Note: Applicants may present their work in the regular poster sessions of the meeting, whether or not they are selected as finalists for the competition. These presentations will not represent any part of the evaluation for the award (but need to be submitted separately in the normal manner for abstract submission). 


The deadline for receipt of these documents is March 1, 2007.

Please send electronically (Word or pdf files) to both

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy ( and

Dr. Donald Bers ( 

If you do not get a confirming e-mail from Dr. Murphy or Bers, please send a follow up inquiry without attached files.


Four finalists will be selected by a Committee and invited to present their results at the Young Investigator’s Award Competition. A panel of judges will make the award based on scientific merit of the manuscript, quality of the presentation, and responses to questions asked during the discussion period.


All four finalists will be given a $500 check toward a portion of the cost of their travel expenses; the first and second place winners will also be given awards for $1000 and $500 respectively.