Academic Activities

We support academic activity for cardiothoracic and vascular surgical residents who are aiming at successful scientific achievements, who want to be involved in clinical, translational as well as basic science in addition to their clinical training or as a main area of activity.

The Work in Progress Session

This session is devoted to early-career clinicians and scientists as a platform to present their projects and preliminary results.

Awardee for 2018: Dr. M.Gilbers (Maastricht, The Netherlands): “The use of ourcurrent knowledge in understanding postoperative atrial fibrillation”

Submit your work for 2019: Don’t miss the chance to receive feedback from renown experts in the field, network with other scientists and to run for the AATS Graham Foundation Award for the most promising and innovative project.

Submission deadline: TBA

For more information about the Work in Progress and AATS Graham Foundation Award at EACTS please click here


Dr. M.Gilbers, Maastricht, The Netherlands
EACTS-AATS Excellence Awardee 2018

Young Investigator Awards

Apply for the prestigious EACTS Young Investigator Award in one of the following categories: Acquired Cardiac, Thoracic, Congenital. The Award is €3,000 for each prize.

Eligibility criteria:

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit an abstract for the 2018 Annual Meeting;
  • Be the first author of the paper;
  • Be under 35 years of age (in 2018);
  • Present unpublished work not previously presented at a major (national or International) scientific meeting;
  • Select the ‘Young Investigator’s Award’ option in the abstract application process;
  • Submit a covering letter from the Director of Service or Laboratory in the Institution at which the research programme has been undertaken, indicating the originality of the investigation and the proportion of the work performed by the candidate.
  • Submit the manuscript to EJCTS for review by the Award Panel.

Submission deadline: TBA

Young Investigator Awardees 2018

Young Investigator Award for Acquired Cardiac Disease

K. Benke (Budapest) Pharmacological stimulation of the NO/sGC/cGMP

O. Harrison (Southampton) Defective notch signalling drives smooth muscle cell death and differentiation in bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy

Young Investigator Award for Vascular Disease

K. Von Aspern (Leipzig) Optimal Coiling Pattern in Minimally Invasive Segmental Artery Coil Embolization

Young Investigator Award for Thoracic Disease

M. Buchko (Edmonton) Negative pressure ventilation allows for successful ex vivo lung perfusion up to 24 hours

Young Investigator Award for Congenital Disease

F. Caldaroni (San Donato Milanese) Surgical ablation of ventricular tachycardia in repaired tetralogy of fallot

K. Vitanova (Munich) Do stage 2 palliation-related factors influence the outcomes after Fontan completion?