Research Awards

About the Award
Awards sponsored by the International Society on Adult Congenital Heart Disease illustrate the dedication of our society to support original research and scientific excellence.
ISACHD is pleased to honour a certain number of individuals during our annual meetings in recognition of their outstanding research that results in important insights into the pathophysiology, etiology, treatment or outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease.

Two awards will be presented annually to authors who submit abstract to the International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease. Finalists with the highest-scoring abstracts will be invited to present their research at a dedicated session during the International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease, after which the winner will be announced by a panel of judges. An engraved plaque and free registration for the following International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease will be awarded to the winner of the ISACHD Research Award in each of the following categories: (1) Cardiac Care Professional/Non-Physician, (2) ISACHD Young Investigator.

Eligibility criteria

  • Candidates for the ISACHD Cardiac Care Professional/Non-Physician Research Award are any self-identifying Cardiac Care Professional/Non-Physician, regardless of career stage, citizenship or nationaliy, including individuals in training
  • Candidates for the ISACHD Young Investigator Research Award must hold an MD degree (or equivalent) and be in training or within 10 years of their first academic staff appointment
  • Candidates must submit and be a presenting author of an abstract at the annual International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease
  • Only one abstract per candidate will be considered
  • Previous recipients of this award are eligible for consideration in subsequent years

Past Recipients

2020 Young Investigator  Cara Lachtrupp (Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, USA)
External validation and tuning of an adult congenital heart disease prediction model: a transatlantic collaboration

2020 Cardiac Care Associate/Non-Physician Philip Moons (KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium)
Patient-reported outcomes in adults with congenital heart disease who are recovering after hospitalization

2018 Young Investigator  Pradeepkumar Charla (Toronto General Hospital, Toronto, Canada)
Feasibility and efficacy of negative pressure ventilation in the ambulatory fontan population: a pilot study

2018 Cardiac Care Associate/Non-Physician  Susan Fernandes (Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, USA)
Health literacy in adults with congenital heart disease

2017 Young Investigator Jim Vehmeijer (Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands) 
Perfomance of guidelines indication for ICD implantation in adults with congenital heart disease

2017 Cardiac Care Associate/Non-Physician  Gretchen Jayawardena (Vanderbilt Heart Adult Congenital Program, Nashville, USA)
Formal transition program may increase transition readiness, independence and self-confidence in young adults living with congenital heart disease: a prospective cohort

2016 Young Investigator Jim Vehmeijer (Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Resuscitation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in adults with congenital heart disease

2016 Cardiac Care Associate/Non-Physician  Pamela Miner (University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA)
Contraceptive practices of women with complex congenital heart disease: a multi-center North-American experience​


2020   2017 2016

Philip Moons 

  From left to right: Anitha John, Gruschen Veldtman, Jim Vehmeijer (winner), Gretchen Jayawardena (winner), and Erwin Oechslin. From left to right: Adrienne Kovacs, Pamela Miner (winner), Jim Vehmeijer (winner), and Jamil Aboulhosn.