Award Competitions Announcement

Announcement for Award Competitions at the Joint Meeting of IACS-North American and European Sections in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (20-23 September 2021)

Students and Young Investigator Awards

Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows (Ph.D. or MD) and Young Investigators (Within 10 years of post-graduate degree) are encouraged to submit Abstracts for Poster (deadline 31 August 2021) or Oral Presentation (deadline 15 August 2021) to individuals indicated on https://iacs2021.com.

Abstracts must be accompanied by a Registration Fee (as indicated on https://iacs2021.com). Registration Fee includes a reception, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, coffee breaks and local transport. Accepted Abstracts will be printed in the Supplement of the scientific journal Scripta Medica and the authors will be notified for poster or oral presentations.

Poster Award Competitions

The deadline for the poster presentation is 31 August 2021. All posters will be evaluated by 4 different committees (3 judges in each committee) for the following 12 Poster Awards:

  • Morris Karmazyn Poster Awards – 4
  • Karl Werdan Poster Awards – 2
  • Margaret Moffat Poster Awards – 4
  • Attila Ziegelhoffer Poster Awards – 2

(Each Awardee will receive a certificate and 350 Euros at the Awards Ceremony)

Gary Lopaschuk Student Award Competition

Nominations or Applications from Graduate Students are invited for the Gary Lopaschuk Awards Competition. Each Student should submit one-page CV along with a copy of the Abstract for the meeting to Dr Gary Lopaschuk in Edmonton, Canada (gary.lopaschuk@ualberta.ca) by August 15, 2021. Four students will be selected for competition and notified for oral presentations instead of poster presentations. Each selected student will be given 550 Euros to reimburse the cost of their registration, accommodation and other expenses. Each presentation (15 min talk & 5 min discussion) will be evaluated by a panel of 3 judges and a chairman; the winner will be given 500 Euros Award and a certificate at the Awards ceremony.

Roberto Bolli Young Investigator Award Competition

Nominations or applications from Postdoctoral Fellows (Ph.D. or MD) and Young Investigators are invited for the Roberto Bolli Awards Competition. Each individual should submit a brief CV along with a copy of the Abstract for the meeting to Dr. Sukhi Bhullar, IACS Administrative Officer in Winnipeg, Canada (SBhullar@sbrc.ca) by 15 August 2021. Four candidates will be selected for the competition and notified for oral presentations instead of poster presentations. Each selected individual for the competition will be given 550 Euros to reimburse the cost of their registration, accommodation and other expenses. Each presentation (15 min talk & 5 min discussion) will be evaluated by a panel of 3 judges and a chairman; the winner will be given a 600 Euros Award and a certificate at the Awards Ceremony.

Appointment of Judges

Four panels of judges (3 in each panel) for Poster Award competitions will be appointed by Prof. Ranko Škrbić in consultation with Prof. István Baczkó and two panels of judges (3 in each panel) will be appointed by Prof. Miloš P Stojiljković in consultation with Prof. Michael Czubryt, for evaluating the oral presentations. One person in each panel will serve as a chair and will be responsible for notifying the names of poster Awards winners to Prof. Ranko Škrbić and the names of the Oral Competition Award Winners to Prof. Miloš P Stojiljković soon after completion of their assessments. These names will be kept confidential and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony.

Honours and Awards for Established Investigators

While the IACS-European Section will reorganize one high profile investigator with Naranjan Dhalla Honorary Lecture Award at the Opening Ceremony of the conference, the Academy will bestow eleven honours and awards upon senior scientists at the Awards Ceremony. These recognitions include Bohuslav Oštadal Award, Jan Slezak Award, Andras Varro Award, Howard Morgan Award, Norman Alpert Award, James Willerson Award, Jawahar Mehta Award, Grant Pierce Award, Dennis McNamara Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Leadership Award and Distinguished Service Award. The individuals receiving these Academy recognitions will be selected from the invited speakers at this conference by the Members of the Executive Council of the Academy.

7th Meeting of European Section and 8th Meeting of North American Section

September 20-23, 2021
Banja Luka, The Republic of Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina

We are very pleased to inform you that the 7th Meeting of European Section and 8th Meeting of North American Section of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS) will be jointly held during 20-23 September 2021 in Banja Luka, the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a hybrid format. The well-known COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 caused a cancellation of the European Section and North American Section IACS meetings in Banja Luka and Montreal, respectively. In order to overcome this obstacle, while taking advantage of the currently more favourable epidemiological situation in the Balkans, it was decided to allow the presenters who are at liberty to come to Banja Luka to have floor presentations, reserving the time slots for those prominent scientists from around the globe who cannot do that, to participate online. We believe that the hybrid format of the meeting will allow us to create the best meeting possible.

Banja Luka and its Faculty of Medicine has long been a centre of cardiovascular research, which was even more strengthened since 2018, when the Centre for Biomedical Research was established within this faculty. Previous results in the field of cardiovascular research prompted us to apply for the organisation of this IACS conference, in order to improve our research foundations and make easier access to global research cooperation.

Our wish is to attract the researchers from abroad and especially from the surrounding countries. This time, the IACS meeting is named “Cardioprotection and Cardiometabolic Diseases: From Bench to Bedside“. It is is focused on cardioprotection, cardiometabolic diseases, risk factors, oxidative stress and inflammation, genetics, epidemiology, prevention, nutrition, exercise and hyperbaric physiology however translational and applied aspects in cardiovascular research will be also presented. The scientific programme will include a broad mix of topics from molecular, cellular, clinical and integrative aspects of cardiovascular sciences going ahead to the scientific problems covered by the international scientific community.

We do hope that this meeting is a unique opportunity for all participants to exchange their ideas and give their own contribution to this fruitful cooperation. Finally, Banja Luka, the capital of the Republic of Srpska, is a place rich in history, monuments, recreational areas, museums and galleries. Today, Banja Luka is not only a vibrant university centre, but also an oasis of good energy and beauty and a well-developed tourist destination, popular among domestic and foreign guests seeking a relaxing getaway in the countryside and an adventurous rafting in the canyon of the river Vrbas. Our venue – the Centre of Culture Banski Dvor (Governor’s Palace) offers excellent conditions for scientific meetings, as this one certainly is.

We appreciate your participation, wishing you a warm welcome to Banja Luka and the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

On behalf of the Organising & Programme Committee,
Ranko Škrbić, Meeting Chair
Miloš P Stojiljković, Meeting Co-Chair