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Andres Schanzer

VAM program chair Andres Schanzer, MD, makes a call for cutting-edge new science for next year’s meeting in Chicago.

Researchers who want to present new science at the 2024 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) are encouraged to prepare their abstracts for Nov. 15, when submissions open, to take advantage of the eight-week submission window.

“What we’re looking for is innovative new topics, new areas of research that haven’t yet been presented or published elsewhere, representing the very front edge of evolving knowledge and technology across the field of vascular surgery,” said Schanzer, SVS Program Committee Chair. Abstract submissions will close Jan. 10, 2024.

Schanzer emphasized the significance of the abstract submission process in setting the stage for VAM. Organizers post guidelines and policies in the submission instructions to serve as a blueprint for researchers and professionals preparing to submit their work.

The 25-member committee, under Schanzer’s leadership, evaluates all abstracts to present top research for the meeting. Schanzer highlighted relatively recent changes to the program, including the division of scientific content in the mornings and concurrent educational sessions in the afternoons, in order to ensure diversity and quality.

Schanzer assigns several specialized teams of content experts to tackle the multitude of submissions. Each group focuses on all submissions in that given category to score them. The teams are responsible for updating the larger committee on their rankings and leading a discussion for the submissions in their content area.

He said the broad expertise of the committee helps promote the full spectrum of vascular surgery research, all of it appropriately reviewed blindly and considered for inclusion. Despite the increasing number of submissions, there is no fixed target for abstract acceptance.

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