VRIC trainee award winners announced

Luke Brewster

The SVS Foundation has announced the four recipients for the Vascular Research Initiatives Conference (VRIC) Trainee Award.

The SVS Basic and Translational Research Committee selected the awardees from the top-scoring abstracts that were submitted by trainees.

They will present their research and will be acknowledged at this year’s conference, popularly known as VRIC, which is dedicated to stimulating and encouraging interest in research among trainees who are aspiring academic vascular surgeons. Each also receives $1,000 to defray expenses of attending the conference.

VRIC is being held in two sessions during the 2021 Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM) in San Diego. The sessions will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19 and 20.

Luke Brewster, MD, chair of the Basic and Translational Research Committee, said: “Kudos again to our resident trainee award recipients. The work submitted and to be presented by these stellar trainees and their mentors is terribly exciting and reinforces the great tradition of vascular surgeon-scientists supported by our SVS.” This year’s awardees, their projects, institutions and mentors are:

  • Elizabeth Andraska, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania—“Early upregulation of elastolysis allows for collateral formation after arterial occlusion” Mentor: Ryan McEnaney, MD
  • Luis Gonzalez, BS, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut “Role of tenascin-C in venous remodeling following AVF creation” Mentor: Alan Dardik, MD
  • Margaret Nalugo, MD, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis “Towards a cure for diabetes: Pancreatic tissue encapsulation and implantation in a novel arteriovenous graft” Mentor: Mohamed Zayed, MD
  • Sriganesh Sharma, MD, Conrad Jobst Vascular Laboratories, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor “Induction of the epigenetic enzyme KMT2A/ MLL1 and urokinase in macrophages after murine coronavirus infection contributes to hyperfibrinolysis” Mentor: Andrea Obi, MD

When: Thursday/Friday, Aug. 19 and 20, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Vacular Research Initiatives Conference


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