JACC Journals Recognize Nine Young Researchers

The awardees will be honored during ACC.24 in Atlanta

Contact: Julie Boyland, jboyland@acc.org,

ATLANTA (Apr 05, 2024) -

The American College of Cardiology has honored nine young researchers with the Young Author Achievement Award, due to their excellent research published in the JACC family of journals. All recipients will receive a commemorative plaque and be recognized at the JACC Journals Editor/Author Reception on Sunday, April 7 during ACC's Annual Scientific Session (ACC.24) in Atlanta.

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: Spencer King Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • Yuhei Kobayashi, MD

    New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College
    Mentor: William F. Fearon, MD
    Study: “Outcomes Based on Angiographic vs Functional Significance of Complex 3-Vessel Coronary Disease: FAME 3 Trial”

    JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging: Jagat Narula Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • Neng Dai, MD

    Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University
    Mentor: Junbo Ge, MD
    Study: “Stress-Related Neural Activity Associates With Coronary Plaque Vulnerability and Subsequent Cardiovascular Events”

    JACC: Heart Failure:
    Christopher O'Connor Award for Outstanding Scholarship

  • David Chieng, MBBS, PhD

    Alfred Hospital
    Mentor: Liang-Han Ling, MBBS, PhD
    Study: “Atrial Fibrillation Ablation for Heart Failure With Preserved Ejection Fraction: A Randomized Controlled Trial”

    JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology:
    Young Author Achievement Award

  • Heather L. Struckman, PhD

    The Ohio State University
    Mentor: Rengasayee Veeraraghavan, PhD
    Study: “Unraveling Impacts of Chamber-Specific Differences in Intercalated Disc Ultrastructure and Molecular Organization on Cardiac Conduction”

    JACC: Basic to Translational Science:
    Thomas Force Young Investigator Award

  • Jessica Gambardella, PhD

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Mentor: Gaetano Santulli, MD, PhD
    Study: “Ketone Bodies Rescue Mitochondrial Dysfunction Via Epigenetic Remodeling”


    JACC: Case Reports: Young Author Achievement Award

  • Felix J. Hofmann, MD

    University of Giessen
    Mentor: Holger M. Nef, MD
    Study: “Interventional Treatment of Recurrent Ventricular Septal Defect Planed by 3D-Printed Reconstruction of the Heart”


    JACC: CardioOncology: Young Author Achievement Award

  • Caitlin F. Bell, MD

    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Mentor: Nicholas J. Leeper, MD
    Study: “Risk of Cancer After Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease”



    JACC: Asia: Young Author Achievement Award

  • Kotaro Noda, MD

    National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center
    Mentor: Yorito Hattori, MD, PhD
    Study: “Amplified Risk of Intracranial Artery Stenosis/Occlusion Associated With RNF213 p.R4810K in Familial Hypercholesterolemia”


    JACC: Advances: Young Author Achievement Award

  • Abdulla A. Damluji, MD, PhD

Inova Heart and Vascular Institute
Mentor: Wayne B. Batchelor, MD, MHS
Study: “Hierarchical Development of Physical Frailty and Cognitive Impairment and Their Association With Incident Cardiovascular Disease”

ACC.24 will take place April 6-8, 2024, in Atlanta, bringing together cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists from around the world to share the newest discoveries in treatment and prevention. Follow @ACCinTouch@ACCMediaCenter and #ACC24 for the latest news from the meeting.

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is the global leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health for all. As the preeminent source of professional medical education for the entire cardiovascular care team since 1949, ACC credentials cardiovascular professionals in over 140 countries who meet stringent qualifications and leads in the formation of health policy, standards and guidelines. Through its world-renowned family of JACC Journals, NCDR registries, ACC Accreditation Services, global network of Member Sections, CardioSmart patient resources and more, the College is committed to ensuring aworld where science, knowledge and innovation optimize patient care and outcomes. Learn more at www.ACC.org or follow @ACCinTouch.


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