Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award

Updated:Dec 9,2015

Sponsored by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences

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

The Melvin L. Marcus Young Investigator Award in Basic Cardiovascular Sciences encourages young investigators to continue research careers in cardiovascular or circulatory physiology.  This award has historically recognized physiological research and research in large-mammal studies, and encompasses functional studies in genetically engineered mice or mammals that are the recipients of cell or gene therapy.

Recent prize-winning presentations include:

Sarah Schumacher PhD

Dennis M. Abraham, BS, MD
TREK-1 Modulates Fibrosis & Diastolic Dysfunction Through Activation of Stress-Activated Kinases

Dan Shao, BS, PhD
A Redox Dependent Mechanism for Regulation of AMPK Activation by Thioredoxin1 during Energy Starvation

Ippei Shimizu, MD, PhD
Semaphorin - induced inflammation contributes to Insulin Resistance in Dietary Obesity


Melissa Thal, Ph.D.
In Vivo Differentiation of Epigenetically Reprogrammed Mouse and Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells Into Cardiomyocytes Enhances Functional and Anatomical Post-Infarct Myocardial Repair

Reinier Boon, Ph.D.
Inhibition of the Age-induced MicroRNA-34 Improves Recovery after AMI in Mice

Timothy Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Repairs Myocardial Infarction and Restores Cardiac Function

Atsuhiko Naito, M.D., Ph.D.
Promotion of CHIP-mediated p53 degradation protects the heart from ischemic injury

Award Information (click each section below for more information)

  • Candidates must be pursuing research in the basic biological or medical sciences or related fields.
  • 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.
  • Candidates include Ph.D.s and/or M.D.s who have completed training within the last four years; or Ph.D. and/or M.D. who are still within in the first four years after their first faculty appointment, as of the award application date.
  • All applicants for the Marcus 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 the other American Heart Association scientific councils during the same year.
  • 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.
  • Applicants may only be considered for a council’s award if the abstract is submitted to a category primarily sponsored by that council.  Please view a list of early career investigator awards and their affiliated Scientific Sessions abstract categories for more information.  Make sure your abstract has been submitted in a category listed under the award for which you want to apply.
  • 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.





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