Cournand and Comroe Young Investigator Award

Updated:Jan 26,2016

Sponsored by the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation (3CPR)

Award Deadline: April 22, 2015 through June 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm Central (Deadline Extended)

The Cournand and Comroe Award acknowledges the research and accomplishments of early career investigator members of the council and encourages them to continue their research in biomedical sciences. 

Finalists will be honored and a winner will be named at the annual council dinner at AHA Scientific Sessions in November.

Recent prize-winning presentations include the following:

Alexander Rothman MA, MSc
MicroRNA-140  Regulates Disease Phenotype in Experimental PAH and Identifies SMURF1 as a Novel Therapeutic Target

Ke Yuan, PhD
Activation of the Wnt/Planar Cell Polarity Pathway is Required for Pericyte Recruitment During Pulmonary Angiogenesis

Roxane Paulin, PhD
Mitochondrial Suppression Due to Loss of Sirt3 Deacetylase Activity Causes Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

John Ryan, MB, MCh
Augmenting Mitofusion-2 in Females With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Increases Mitochondrial Fusion, Reduces Smooth Muscle Cell Hyproliferation and Regresses Experimental Disease

Hirofumi Sawada, MD
Reduced BMPR2 Increases GM-CSF mRNA Translation by Inhibiting eIF2α Mediated Stress Granule Formation and Propensity to Pulmonary Vascular Disease

Thenappan Thenappan, MD
A Central Role for CD68(+) Pulmonary Intravascular Macrophages in the Etiology of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome: Syndrome Reversal by Macrophage Depletion  

Dechaboon Changsirivathanathamrong, MBBS
Kynurenine is a Novel Contributor to Hypotension in Human Sepsis

Paul Chan, MD
Long-Term Effects of a Rapid Response Team on  Hospital-Wide Code Rates and Mortality

Award Information (click on the sections below for more information)

  • Candidates must be working in an area of research related to pulmonary, perioperative, resuscitation, or critical care biology.
  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the 3CPR Council is the lead/primary sponsor.  Please view the list here.
  • Candidates must be Early Career Investigators who are Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s still in training (i.e., residency, fellowship, etc.) or have completed training within the last four years; or Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date. 
  • All applicants for Early Career Investigator Awards sponsored by a scientific council must be members of the AHA/ASA.   If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so no later than May 30 for your membership to be processed in time for the application submission deadline.  Learn more about AHA membership.
  • An individual may not compete for similar young investigator awards from the other American Heart Association Scientific Councils for the same conference.
  • Only one manuscript per candidate will be considered.
  • The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors.
  • Previous winners and finalists of this award are not eligible to re-enter the competition in subsequent years.
  • There are no citizenship requirements.
  • The work covered by the abstract must not have been published (manuscript or abstract) before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions.  Abstract data may not be presented at a national or international meeting or world congress before the date and time of presentation at Scientific Sessions. The abstract must comply with the AHA Abstract Submission Guidelines as outlined by the Committee on Scientific Sessions Program.
  • Abstracts eligible for this award must be based upon projects that adhere to the American Heart Association’s policies governing all research awards, regardless of whether the project was funded by the American Heart Association.  These policies are available here and include (but are not limited to) research using human subjects or animals and stem cell research.
  • Notwithstanding the above, the AHA Officers have the discretion to determine eligibility for the award in extraordinary circumstances when there is an issue relating to AHA policy or positions or other potentially controversial issue relating to the positioning or perception of the AHA.





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