Council on Epidemiology and Prevention Early Career Development

Early Career Committee

The Epi/Prevention Council and Early Career Committee foster the development of trainees and early career professionals in CVD epidemiology, including research scientists and clinicians. We also promote and encourage trainees and early career individuals to participate in council activities. The committee is made up of early career members.

Current Members:

Gregory M Marcus, MD, MAS, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology Section
University of California, San Francisco
 Vice Chairperson
Jennifer Wessel, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine
Public Health
 Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics,
Investigator for the Framingham Heart Study,
Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology,
Department of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics, Boston University
School of Public Health
 Mario Sims, PhD, MS FAHA
Special Assistant to the Director
Science Officer, Jackson Heart Study
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Mississippi Medical Center
 Norrina Allen, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
 Kathryn Britton, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Cardiovascular Division,
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
 Gerald S. Bloomfield, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Global Health
Division of Cardiology
Duke University Medical Center
 David Siscovick MD, MPH, FAHA
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
University of Washington
Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
 Pamela L. Lutsey, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
University of Minnesota
 Joshua Z Willey, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Associate Program Director, Neurology Residency Program
Columbia University
 Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
 Nehal N. Mehta, MD MSCE FAHA
Chief, Section of Inflammation and Cardiometabolic Diseases
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
 Connie W. Tsao, MD
Cardiovascular Division
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
 Robert W. Yeh, MD MSc FAHA
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Cardiology Division
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A critical component of early career development and training is mentorship. The following resources can help identify an appropriate mentor and evaluate the mentor-trainee relationship.

  • Undergraduate Student Research Program
    The purpose of this undergraduate research training program is to encourage promising students from all disciplines, including women and members of minority groups underrepresented in the sciences, to consider research careers while supporting the highest quality scientific investigation broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke.

    Offered by: Great Rivers Affiliates
    Career Stage: Making the decision – undergraduate student classified as junior or senior.
  • Health Sciences Fellowship
    Provides opportunities for health science students to work for ten consecutive weeks with a faculty/staff member on any project related to the mission of the American Heart Association. The goal is to encourage students to consider a future academic career in this area.

    Offered by: Greater Southeast Affiliate
    Career Stage: Gaining credentials - doctoral student
  • Predoctoral Fellowship
    Helps students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

    Offered by: Founders, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: Gaining credentials – doctoral student
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Helps trainees initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research while obtaining significant research results under the supervision of a sponsor or mentor; supports individuals before they are ready for some stage of independent research.

    Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, Greater Southeast, Midwest, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates  Find your Affiliate
    Career Stage: Directed step - postdoctoral fellow

Fellow-to-Faculty Transition Award
Provides funding for trainees with outstanding potential for careers as physician-scientists in cardiovascular or stroke research during the crucial career development from the completion of research training through the early years of the first faculty/staff position.
  • Beginning Grant-In-Aid
    Promotes the independent status of promising beginning scientists.

    Offered by: SouthWest and Western States Affiliates
    Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent.
  • Scientist Development Grant
    Supports highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence by encouraging and adequately funding research projects that can bridge the gap between completion of research training and readiness for successful competition as an independent investigator.

    Offered by: Founders, Great Rivers, and National Affiliate
    Career Stage: First independent step – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent
  • Grant-In-Aid
    Encourages and adequately funds the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators.

    Offered by: Founders, SouthWest, and Western States Affiliates
     Career Stage: First independent step, intermediate level or recognized investigator – instructor, assistant professor or other first academic appointment or equivalent, associate professor or equivalent, professor or equivalent. Applicants are expected to be independent investigators.

Find Your Affiliate

Career Development Awards for Physicians: NIH

Career Development Awards for Research Doctorates: NIH

EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions

Early Career Event

When and Where

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
Baltimore, MD 

Conference Dates:
Mar. 3-6, 2015
Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission
SUBMIT your Abstract
Deadline October 15, 2014
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Registration Information

Registration Opens October 22, 2014!
Registration and Housing Information

Ten-Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
July 27–Aug. 8, 2014
Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge
Tahoe City, Cali.

Scientific Sessions 2014

When and Where

Nov 15-19, 2014
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Abstract Submission

All Abstract Submissions are now closed.
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