Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Research Prize

Updated:Jan 21,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

The Awards deadline has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

The Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Prize encourages new investigators to continue research careers in basic cardiovascular science.  This award historically has recognized research involving biochemical, cellular, molecular and genetic sciences, and now includes whole animal studies, especially those related to the creation of new genetic lines.

Recent prize-winning presentations include:

Jennifer Davis, BS, MA, PhD
MBNL1 Directly Regulates the Alternative Splicing of mRNAs that Promote Myofibroblast Differentiation


Shinichi Oka, BS, MS,PhD
Dimer Conversion of PPARalpha/RXR to PPARalpha/Sirt1 Suppresses Fatty Acid Oxidation Genes

Hee Cheol Cho, PhD
Transcription Factor - Driven Conversion of Quiescent Cardiomyocytes to Pacemaker Cells

Li Qian, Ph.D.
In Vivo Reprogramming of Murine Cardiac Fibroblasts into Induced Cardiomyocytes

Arjun Deb, M.D.
Wnt1 Mediated Dynamic Injury Response Activates the Epicardium and is Critical for Cardiac Repair

Michael Potente, M.D.
SIRT1 Limits Endothelial Notch Signaling During Blood Vessel Growth Through NICD Deacetylation

Raffaella Lombardi, M.D., Ph.D.
Genetic Fate Mapping Identifies Second Heart Field Progenitor Cells as a Source of Adipocytes 

Tetsuro Ago, M.D., Ph.D.
Redox-meditation regulation of HDAC4, a class 11 HDAC, by Thioredoxin1 through interaction with DnaJb5, a heat shock protein 40

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

  • Abstract must be submitted to one of the categories for presentation at Scientific Sessions in which the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences is the lead/primary sponsor.  Please view a list of early career investigator awards and their affiliated Scientific Sessions abstract categories.  Make sure that your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • Candidates include Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who have completed training only 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 and applicant sponsors for the award must be members of the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences.   If you need to become an AHA/ASA Professional Member, you should do so by 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 other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year for the same meeting.
  • Only one manuscript per candidate will be considered.
  • The applicant must be the first and presenting author, although the manuscript may have co-authors.
  • Finalists 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/manuscripts 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.


All applications must be received through the Council Awards Application System by The Awards deadline has passed. Applications are no longer being accepted.   Applicants should apply as early as possible before the deadline to allow time to address any submission issues.  Applicants needing to join/renew the AHA should do so by May 30 for the membership to be processed in time for application submission.

For questions, please contact:
Awards & Lectures Manager, Professional Memberships
E-mail: council.awards@heart.org
Phone: (214) 706-1181

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