Young Researchers Recognized by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology Sister Journals

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ORLANDO (Mar 09, 2018) -

Ten young authors have been awarded Young Author Achievement Awards by the American College of Cardiology in recognition of outstanding research published in one of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology’s sister journals. Winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at the JACC Editorial Board meeting and reception held during ACC’s Annual Scientific Session in Orlando.

“We feel proud that the JACC journals continue to recognize up-and-coming researchers, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs, to honor the next-generation of investigators,” said JACC Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, on behalf of the JACC Editors.

The Young Author Achievement Awards are awarded to researchers within the first five years of their training. Editorial boards for each JACC sister journal nominate winners chosen from research submitted in the prior year. This year’s winners and their mentors are:

JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions

  • Sebastian Kufner, MD
    Deutsches Herzzentrum München, Technische Universität München
    Mentor: Robert A. Byrne, MB, BCh, PhD
    Study: “Neointimal Modification with Scoring-Balloon and Efficacy of Drug-Coated Balloon Therapy in Patients with Restenosis in Drug-Eluting Coronary Stents: A Randomized Controlled Trial”
  • Lilei Yu, MD, PhD
    Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Cardiovascular Research Institute at Wuhan University, Hubei Key Laboratory of Cardiology
    Mentor: Hong Jiang, MD
    Study: “Low-Level Tragus Stimulation for the Treatment of Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury in Patients with ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction: A Proof-of-Concept Study”

JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging

  • Jaclyn Carberry, MBChB
    British Heart Foundation Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
    Mentor: Colin Berry, FRCP
    Study: “Persistent iron within the infarct core after ST-elevation myocardial infarction: Implications for left ventricular remodeling and health outcomes”
  • Hong Yang, BMed
    Menzies Institute for Medical Research
    Mentor: Thomas H. Marwick, MBBS, PhD, MPH, Baker-IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
    Study: “Imaging Guided Cardio-Protective Treatment in a Community Elderly Population of Stage B Heart Failure – A Randomized Controlled Trial”

JACC: Heart Failure

  • Kristie M. Harris, MS
    The Ohio State University
    Mentor: David S. Krantz, PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
    Study: “A New Clinically Applicable Measure of Functional Status in Patients with Heart Failure: The 60-Foot Walk Test”
  • Gordon R. Reeves, MD, MPT
    Department of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
    Mentor: David J. Whellan, MD, MHS
    Study: “A Novel Rehabilitation Intervention for Older Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure: The REHAB-HF Pilot Study”

JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology

  • Sandeep Prabhu, MBBS
    Alfred Hospital, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
    Mentor: Peter M. Kistler, MBBS, PhD
    Study: “Bi-atrial Electrical and Structural Atrial Changes in Heart Failure: Electro-anatomic Mapping in Persistent Atrial Fibrillation in Humans”
  • Saurabh Kumar, BSc(Med)/MBBS, PhD
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney
    Mentor: Gregory F. Michaud, MD
    Study: “Impact of Lowering Irrigation Flow Rate on Atrial Lesion Formation in Thin Atrial Tissue: Preliminary Observations from Experimental and Clinical Studies”

JACC: Basic to Translational Science

  • Rebecca D. Levit, MD
    Emory University School of Medicine
    Mentor: W. Robert Taylor, MD, PhD, Innovatië LifeSciences
    Study: “A minimally invasive, translational method to deliver hydrogels to the heart through the pericardial space”
  • Elisabeth A. Kaza, MD
    Columbia University Medical Center
    Mentor: Thomas G. Diacovo, MD
    Study: “P2Y12 Receptor Function and Response to Cangrelor in Neonates With Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease”

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The American College of Cardiology is the professional home for the entire cardiovascular care team. The mission of the College and its more than 52,000 members is to transform cardiovascular care and to improve heart health. The ACC leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The College operates national registries to measure and improve care, offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions, provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications. For more, visit

The Journal of the American College of Cardiology ranks among the top cardiovascular journals in the world for its scientific impact. JACC is the flagship for a family of journals—JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology and JACC: Basic to Translational Science—that prides themselves in publishing the top peer-reviewed research on all aspects of cardiovascular disease. Learn more at


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