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February 21, 2021

Registration and Abstract Submission opens

June 15, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission for consideration as oral presentation.

July 1, 2021

Early Registration Discount ends

July 1, 2021

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July 1, 2021

Young Investigator Competition Awards (YICA) Deadline

July 1, 2021

Deadline for submitting an abstract for poster presentation

July 1, 2021

Deadline for Michael Bristow Trainee Investigator Travel Award

July 1, 2021

Deadline for Eric Olson mentorship award nomination

July 1, 2021

Deadline for Litsa Kranias ECI Leadership Award Nomination

The ISHR NAS has established a variety of awards and lectures designed to recognize the dedication and leadership of its members. To highlight the distinguished recipients and presenters, the 38th Annual ISHR NAS Meeting will host an Awards Ceremony and Banquet at The Cable Center on September 15, 2021, included in the cost of registration. 

ISHR NAS Young Investigator Competition Awards (YICA)

NAS leadership and NAS awards will host the Young Investigator Competition Awards (YICA) at NAS2021 in Denver, Colorado. In keeping with the mission of the ISHR NAS to foster the next generation of cardiovascular scientists, these prestigious awards are intended to highlight and support outstanding young investigators who have distinguished themselves for their scientific skills and accomplishments. We invite applications from graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

NAS2021 has received a pledge of $9,000 sponsorship for YICA. Three junior and three senior finalists will be invited for oral presentations at the NAS2021 YICA event, scheduled on Monday, August 17th, 2021. Two winners will each receive award recognition as well as $2,000 cash. The runner ups will be rewarded with $500 each.

The deadline for submitting YICA applications is July 1, 2021.

Download details on YICA eligibilities and requirements here

After reviewing the eligibilities and requirements, a compiled PDF file should be submitted to by July 1, 2021.

Finalists of the YICA will be announced by August 20, 2021

The Eric N. Olson Mentorship Award

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The inaugural Eric N. Olson Mentorship Award at ISHR NAS was established this year to recognize a faculty member with a clear dedication to mentorship and their support of trainees and young scientists. This award will be given to a faculty member chosen by the Olson Mentorship Award Committee (Drs. Tim McKinsey, Kunhua Song, Mike Czubryt, and Lorrie Kirshenbaum).

Nominations for this award will be accepted by a compiled PDF file, including a letter of nomination jointly drafted by 2 or more trainees of the nominee (less than 2 pages), together with a copy of the nominee's CV, as well as the NIH bio-sketches of the trainees.

Please submit your nominations package to by July 1, 2021.

Download details on ENOMA eligibilities and requirements here

Winners will be announced August 20, 2021.

Background on Dr. Eric N. Olson

Eric Olson is the founding Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  He also founded the Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine at UT Southwestern, which is advancing new strategies for organ regeneration.  In addition, Dr. Olson directs the Wellstone Clinical Research Center for Muscular Dystrophy Research at UT Southwestern.  He holds the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair, the Pogue Chair Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Birth Defects and the Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research.

Dr. Olson is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Basic Research Prize, the Research Achievement Award and the Eugene Markwald Mentorship Award from the American Heart Association.  He is among the most highly cited scientists in the world, with his work having been cited over 100,000 times in the scientific literature.

Eric Olson has trained ~120 fellows and students, many of whom now have independent positions in academia or industry. He and his trainees have discovered many of the key genes and mechanisms responsible for development of the heart and other muscles unveiling the signaling pathways responsible for pathological cardiac growth and heart failure.  Olson’s discoveries at the interface of developmental biology and medicine have illuminated the fundamental principles of organ formation and have provided new concepts in the quest for cardiovascular therapeutics.  His most recent work has provided a new strategy for correction of Duchenne muscular dystrophy using CRISPR gene editing.  

Eric Olson has co-founded multiple biotechnology companies to design new therapies for heart muscle disease. Most recently, he founded Exonics Therapeutics together with Cure Duchenne Ventures, which is advancing gene editing as a therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.  Exonics was recently acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.  In his spare time, he plays guitar and harmonica with The Transactivators, a rock band inspired by the Texas troubadour, Willie Nelson, who created the Professorship that supports his research.

The Litsa Kranias ECI Leadership Award

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The Litsa Kranias ECI Leadership Award was founded to recognize early career scientists demonstrating astounding leadership qualities.

Background on Dr. Litsa Kranias

Litsa Kranias, PhD, is working to better understand the complex network of proteins contributing to heart function. As a professor of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, Director of Cardiovascular Biology and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, Kranias has dedicated her career to researching cardiac illness and mentoring the next generation of researchers.

Much of Kranias’ research has focused on phospholamban (PLN), a cardiac protein that helps regulate contraction of the heart. However, Kranias and her colleagues discovered that PLN does not act alone—a complex set of proteins, including HAX-1, the heat shock protein 20 (HSP20) and protein phosphatase 1, work together to regulate PLN activity and cardiac contractility. 

Kranias embraces her role as teacher and mentor, not only in her lab and her classroom, but in other opportunities as well. She’s the senior advisor of the Early Career Investigators of the American Heart Association Basic Cardiovascular Sciences and the senior faculty advisor of the Early Career Investigators of the International Society of Heart Research North America and of the World Congress. Her role as a mentor is so important that Kranias is a co-principal investigator of a training grant through the NIH. Kranias’ dedication hasn’t gone unnoticed—two years ago, she was awarded the University of Cincinnati Mentorship award.  

“I think that a very important aspect of our career is training the next generation of scientists,” said Kranias. “This is probably the biggest legacy we leave behind. The research is important—it will move the field forward—but having scientists to continue that is even more important.”

Please submit your nomination package, including a nomination letter (max. 2 pgs)and a current CV of the nominee, as a compiled PDF file (<20 MB) to by July 1, 2021.

Download details on Award eligibilities and requirements here.

Winners will be announced August 20, 2021.

The Michael Bristow Trainee Investigator Awards

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The Michael Bristow Trainee Investigator Awards will be granted to Trainee Investigators based on evaluation of abstract submissions. Six awards valued at $500 each and six runner ups valued at $300 each will be awarded to offset the cost of travel and/or registration fees. 

Trainee investigators (including college students, graduate students, or postdoctoral trainees) who are also the presenting authors of an abstract submitted to NAS2021@Denver (Abstract Submission Portal) are encouraged to apply. Applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from his/her supervisor together with a statement of purpose (500 words maximum) to describe your aspiration in science and your career goals.

Please send the copy of your abstract, the letter of support, and your statement of purpose to by July 1, 2021.

Download details on MBTIA eligibilities and requirements here

Six winers will each receive a $500 check and ten runner ups will each receive a $300 check to offset their travel expense and/or registration fees.

Winners and runner ups will be informed by August 20, 2021.

Important Message

NAS2021 conference will take place from Sept. 12th – 17th  2021. The detailed scientific program, including exciting events for ECI, MCI, and NAS awards will be available soon. We welcome and invite the participation from all members in the NAS@ISHR community, as well as from our friends, collaborators, and partners of the global ISHR community.

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