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Celebrating and supporting our young researchers: Young Investigator Awards


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Dr. John Aalen

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Dr. Øyvind Haugen Lie

EACVI is very proud of its young researchers. As in previous years, Young Investigator Awards (YIA) will be presented at EuroEcho-Imaging 2018 to highlight the contributions of outstanding young scientists.

Chosen for one of two YIAs (basic science or clinical science), finalists will present their findings at dedicated oral sessions at EuroEcho-Imaging 2018 and a panel of experts will judge the presentations and determine the winners. All finalists of the YIA competitions benefit from free registration to help them attend the congress. The worthy first-prize winners receive a €1000 prize, while runners up (second, third and fourth place) each receive €250. Through agreements with our fellow societies, the YIA Basic Science winner can attend and present their findings at the Annual Scientific Sessions of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), while the YIA Clinical Science winner is given the opportunity to present at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Society of Echocardiography (JSE).

YIA Basic Science winner 2017, Doctor John Aalen (Oslo University Hospital, Norway), explains what winning this prestigious prize has meant to him: “It was a great honour to win the award and an inspiration to continue with research. It has also helped me to get in contact with other imagers and it has definitely been a very positive step in my career. As part of the prize, I presented my research at the ASE meeting in Nashville in June, which provided another great opportunity to interact with leading international researchers. Over the ASE congress, posters from YIA winners from American, Japanese and European competitions were displayed, and like my presentation at EuroEcho-Imaging, this has helped to raise the profile of the research of our group and institution.”

“Young investigators should be encouraged to submit their science and the research environment should be encouraged to put them forward.”

Doctor Øyvind Haugen Lie (Oslo University Hospital, Norway), YIA Clinical Science winner 2017, also described the sense of scientific accomplishment from being chosen as a YIA finalist and then as an awardee. “YIAs encourage and empower young investigators in the research environment. It was a tremendous honour to participate in the YIA session, which helps to put young researchers forward on the global stage that is the EuroEcho-Imaging congress. If you are fortunate enough to be top rated, you also have the big opportunity to present your work on another international stage with a different research and scientific culture. Attending JSE was a huge experience for me—I was able to present my science at a distant location with a new audience and was able to learn from the activities at a different congress.”