Awards and distinguished scientists’ awards conferred at #AHA21

Scientific Sessions 2021 will name the recipients of its most prestigious awards.


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As a registered attendee of Scientific Sessions, you will have a front row seat to announcement of the winners of many of the prestigious awards given each year. The awards include: 

Chairman’s Award

Recipients of this award are notable for consistently having gone above and beyond in their leadership and commitment to helping advance the mission of the association. This award honors honor medical and science volunteers who have made contributions to further the AHA’s strategic goals in non-science areas at both the national and local levels.

Eugene Braunwald Academic Mentorship Award

The American Heart Association began conferring this award in 1999, in recognition of the many contributions of the luminary cardiologist Eugene Braunwald in teaching and mentoring the next generation of faculty researchers and educators. This award honors individuals whose academic careers have included a long-term record (at least 20-25 years) of successful mentoring of promising young academicians. Recipients have included some of the most prominent researchers and educators in the country, each of whom have had lasting impact on cardiovascular care and research through their extensive mentoring of residents and fellows.

Research Achievement Award

One of the AHA’s most distinguished and historic honors, the Research Achievement Award has been conferred annually since 1953. Recipients have included many of the most prominent and recognized cardiovascular researchers in the country, the legacies of which will be felt for decades to come.

Basic Research Prize

The American Heart Association began awarding the AHA Basic Research Prize in 1990. Recipients have included the most prominent cardiovascular basic scientists in the country, each of whom have made discoveries that have had transformational impact in their respective fields. This award is awarded each year in recognition of an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science, and who currently runs an exceptional cardiovascular basic science laboratory.

Clinical Research Prize

Since 2005, recipients have included the most prominent cardiovascular researchers in the country, each of whom have made discoveries that have had transformational impact in their respective fields. This prize is awarded each year in recognition of an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science, and who currently runs an exceptional cardiovascular basic science laboratory.


Population Research Prize

Recipients have included some of the most prominent population health researchers in the country, each of whom have made seminal discoveries in understanding and/or treatment of cardiovascular disease. This prize is to recognize and reward an individual who is making outstanding contributions to the advancement of cardiovascular science and who currently heads an outstanding cardiovascular population research laboratory.

Joseph A. Vita Award

The Joseph A. Vita Award is sponsored by Scientific Publishing, Office of Science Operations. The award was created in honor of Joseph A. Vita, who served as the first Editor-in-Chief of the AHA’s Open Access journal, JAHA: Journal of the American Heart Association. Each year this award is presented to a recipient to recognize the contributions of a mid-career investigator whose work, published (in the AHA journals) during the last five years, has had great impact in the field of cardiovascular biology or cardiovascular health. The selection is based on work that changes the direction of or has transformative impact on basic, translational, or clinical cardiovascular research in any discipline.

Distinguished Scientist Award

The Distinguished Scientist designation was created in 2003. This prestigious title is bestowed on an elite group of scientists whose work has importantly advanced our understanding of cardiovascular disease, stroke and brain health. The designation is highly selective and is intended to recognize prominent AHA members who have made major and independent contributions to cardiovascular, stroke and brain health research. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a science volunteer by the AHA.