Award Type
Travel
Career Level
Advanced Practice Provider
Pre-Doctoral / Graduate
Residents
Fellows / Postdocs
Junior Faculty

Overview

AASLD Foundation Abstract Awards recognize research excellence and promote the professional development of early career investigators. Historically these awards provide recipients travel support to defray costs associated with attending The Liver Meeting and/or Digestive Disease Week to present their outstanding research to an international audience. Because in-person events were not possible in 2020-2021, AASLD Foundation instead has provided monetary prizes in recognition of the awardees’ achievements.  

Meet current and past Abstract Awardees here.

Applications are due at the time of abstract submission and applicants must be the presenter of the abstract to be eligible for funding. In addition to the awards listed below, the AASLD Foundation may support other awards of excellence if funding becomes available.

Current Opportunities

The Liver Meeting® Abstract Awards (April-June Submission)

The Liver Meeting® Memorial Travel Awards (April-June Submission)

Digestive Disease Week® Abstract Awards (October – December Submission)

 

The Liver Meeting® (TLM) Abstract Awards

Applications for The Liver Meeting® Abstract Awards are due at the time of abstract submission (April – June each year). Visit The Liver Meeting site for exact abstract submission dates and program details.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must complete the “Awards” section demographics when submitting their abstract for The Liver Meeting®. Note that there are no abstract awards for Late-Breaking abstracts.

Awardees in all categories will receive a $1,000 travel stipend (paid on a reimbursable basis) for costs associated with their travel to attend The Liver Meeting® and present their award-winning research. Travel benefits and travel reimbursement are contingent on presenting in person at the annual meeting and are not applicable for virtual presentations. In the event the in-person meeting component does not take place, Awardees will receive a $500 prize in recognition of their accomplishment.

Award funding is distributed by the AASLD Foundation following the recipient’s participation in The Liver Meeting® (including abstract presentation). Failure to meet these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award and award funding.

The following policies apply to all abstract awards.

  • The recipient is responsible for providing the appropriate supporting tax documents.
  • The disbursement of all funds will comply with all Internal Revenue Code requirements and any other applicable federal or state law.
  • No funds will be distributed prior to the conclusion of the meeting.
  • No funds will be distributed if all meeting participation requirements are not met.
  • No arrangements are provided “in-kind.”
  • Awards are not transferrable.
  • The recipient is responsible for presentation of the abstract. If anyone other than the named recipient presents the abstract for oral presentations, the award and award funding will be forfeited.
  • The AASLD Foundation must be notified immediately if the recipient will be unable to present the selected abstract so that an alternate recipient can be notified.

If you have questions, contact awards@aasld.org.

Advanced Practice Provider Award (2 Awards Available)

These awards recognize outstanding abstracts submitted by advanced practice providers.

 

Early Career Investigator Awards

MD applicants must be within four years of completing clinical fellowship training (or equivalent), and PhD applicants must be within 10 years of the receipt of their research degree.

  • Early Career Investigator Awards in Basic Science (20 awards available)
  • Early Career Investigator Award in Clinical/Translational Research (20 awards available)
  • International Early Career Investigator Award (5 awards available)
    Open to international applicants who are living in and performing research outside of the US at the time of abstract submission.
  • Early Career Investigator Award in Healthcare Disparities Research (5 awards available)

 

Fellow Research Award (1 Award Available)

This award is given for the best abstract submitted by a fellow. Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

 

Liver Transplant and/or Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellow Awards (2 Awards Available)

The applicant must be a trainee and the author or co-author of the abstract submitted and will need to indicate what type of surgical trainee they are (e.g., transplant surgery fellow, hepatobiliary surgery fellow, surgical resident, other type of surgical trainee).

 

Pediatric Research Award (1 Award Available)

The purpose of the award is to foster excellence in pediatric liver disease research. Only a physician/scientist with a primary appointment affiliation in a department of pediatrics will be eligible (fellows and junior faculty within three years of appointment). Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

 

Resident Research Award (1 Award Available)

The purpose of the award is to recognize high quality research undertaken by a resident in training. Applicant must be in training in an accredited US residency program (internal medicine, surgery, pathology, etc.; sub-specialty fellows are not eligible). The applicant must be a primary contributor of the project and committed to a career in liver disease. Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

 

Student Research Award (1 Award Available)

Applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student (i.e., has not received an MD, PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree) and is the primary contributor to the research.

The Liver Meeting® (TLM) MEMORIAL TRAVEL AWARDS

The AASLD Foundation Memorial Travel Award Program was created to provide donors an opportunity to support early career investigators while also honoring the legacy of colleagues, family, and friends, in memoriam by establishing a distinct travel award. These awards are bestowed upon highly-meritorious abstracts submitted for consideration of an Abstract Award. You do not need to submit a separate application – all Abstract Award applicants that also meet the criteria for a given Memorial Travel Award will be considered.

Learn more about, or how to establish, Memorial Travel Awards.

 

CURRENT PROGRAMS

 

The Leonard B. Seeff Award for Outstanding Research by an Early Career Investigator

This award is named in recognition of Dr. Leonard B. Seeff’s legacy as a leader in the field of hepatology, his commitment to training future leaders, and his many contributions to both hepatology and AASLD over more than half a century. Awarded to the top abstract in the Early Career Investigator Award categories.

 

The Professor Margit Hamosh Travel Award

This award honors the life and legacy of Dr. Hamosh, a holocaust survivor and distinguished pediatrics professor at Georgetown University. The goal of the award is to encourage research on hepatocellular carcinoma and is presented to the early career investigator who submits the most outstanding abstract on hepatocellular carcinoma research for The Liver Meeting®.

 

The Maribel Rodriguez-Torres Travel Award

This award honors the memory of Dr. Maribel Rodríguez-Torres, a renowned researcher and treater of HCV and pioneer for the latest treatments for HIV-HCV patients. The goal of the award is to encourage and recognize promising HCV therapy research by early career investigators residing in Latin America or Spain.

 

The Professor Mindie H. Nguyen Award for Outstanding Clinical Research by Early Career Investigators

This award honors Dr. Mindie H. Nguyen in recognition of her mentorship of several generations of students and trainees, and for her research on liver cancer in understudied populations. The goal of the award is to encourage clinical hepatology research in viral hepatitis, fatty liver disease, or hepatocellular carcinoma by early career investigators in the Africa, Southeast Asia, and Western Pacific regions. Up to four awards are available.

 

Northern Lights' Canadian Legacy Travel Award

These awards are the legacy of Mrs. Charmaine N. Watt, a Canadian artist, whose passion for teaching helped pave the way for her children to succeed. Teaching & educating others was her joy and continuing to support and educate fellow Canadians will be her legacy. Some of her favorite paintings depicted the Northern Lights. This award is open to residents of Canada and provides travel support to (1) one Trainee (Resident or Fellow) and (1) one Advance Practice Provider (APP), who have submitted a meritorious abstract for The Liver Meeting®.

 

The Rosalyn and Leo Fried Memorial Travel Award

These awards, established in 2018 by Drs. Michael W. Fried and Beth L. Jonas, are presented in honor of Dr. Fried’s beloved parents, Rosalyn and Leo Fried. Dr. Fried’s parents shaped his life through their sacrifices and provided love and unwavering support as he and his siblings pursued their academic and professional endeavors. Reflective of Dr. Fried’s educational experiences in Israel and their interests in developing hepatology research around the globe, Drs. Fried and Jonas have established two annual Awards that will encourage and inspire bright researchers from Israel and the Middle East to present their research at The Liver Meeting®.

 

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) Abstract Awards

Applications for Digestive Disease Week® Abstract Awards are due at the time of abstract submission (October – December each year). Visit the DDW site for exact abstract submission dates and program details.

Awardees in all categories will receive a $1,000 travel stipend (paid on a reimbursable basis) for costs associated with their travel to attend DDW and present their award-winning research. Travel benefits and travel reimbursement are contingent on presenting in person at the annual meeting and are not applicable for virtual presentations. In the event the in-person meeting component does not take place, Awardees will receive a $500 prize in recognition of their accomplishment.

 

AASLD Foundation Fellow Abstract Award

Open to early-career physicians who have completed their residency training in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics or other specialty relevant to gastroenterology or liver disease and are enrolled in a GI or hepatology fellowship training program at the time of their actual presentation. To be eligible, the candidate must be the presenter of the abstract and must be an AASLD member.

  • AASLD Foundation Fellow Abstract Award (10 Awards Available)
  • AASLD Foundation Fellow Abstract Award in Healthcare Disparities Research (1 Award Available)

Award funding is distributed by the AASLD Foundation following the recipient’s participation in DDW (including abstract presentation). Failure to meet these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award and award funding.

The following policies apply to all abstract awards:

  • Travel funds are paid to the individual awardee on a reimbursement basis for actual travel expenses incurred.
  • Expenses in excess of the award amount will not be reimbursed by the AASLD Foundation under any circumstances.
  • Unused travel funds will be forfeited.
  • The reimbursement funds will comply with all Internal Revenue Code requirements and any other applicable federal or state law. The recipient is responsible for providing the appropriate supporting tax documents.
  • No funds will be distributed prior to the conclusion of the meeting or if all meeting participation requirements are not met.
  • No arrangements are provided “in-kind.”
  • Awards are not transferrable.
  • The recipient is responsible for presentation of the abstract. If anyone other than the named recipient presents the abstract for oral presentations, the award and award funding will be forfeited.
  • The AASLD Foundation must be notified immediately if the recipient will be unable to present the selected abstract so that an alternate recipient can be notified.

Reimbursement Guidelines:

  • All reimbursement requests must adhere to AASLD Foundation standards and formatting requirements.
  • Itemized receipts must be submitted for all expenses. A receipt MUST support any single item of expense. AASLD Foundation will not reimburse for expenses that are not supported by a corresponding receipt.
  • Receipts must be submitted electronically with the signed travel expense report form and a scanned copy or photo of the original receipt within 30 days of the meeting end date.
  • All receipts must be translated into English (the Recipient may annotate receipts with translation).
  • All expenses incurred in foreign currencies or exchanges of currency must be converted to U.S. dollars on the reimbursement form and must include documentation supporting the calculation. Approved methods for documenting currency conversion are:
    • Itemized credit or debit card statement documenting the exchange rate. Note that itemized receipts for each expense must also be included as supporting documentation. 
    • Exchange rate on receipt.
    • OANDA’s Currency Converter, using the historical exchange rate for the exact dates of expense. Reimbursement request should include page printout or screen shot as proof of quote. Available at www.oanda.com/currency/converter

Allowable Awardee Expenses

  • Round-trip airfare, local transportation, and/or mileage
  • Room and tax charges
  • Actual meal expenses
  • Other costs directly associated with attending and/or presenting at the meeting (e.g., poster printing, parking, coat/luggage check, wi-fi access, etc.). Personal items such as medications or durable goods such as clothing are NOT eligible for reimbursement.
  • No reimbursement is allowed for spousal or guest expenses.

Questions

For more information about Abstract Awards or reimbursement policies, send an email to awards@aasld.org.