SAVS Calls for Abstracts

The Southern Association for Vascular Surgery is accepting abstract submissions for its 33rd Annual Meeting, to be held Jan. 14–17 at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The deadline for submission is Sept. 5.

All papers submitted—including free papers, case reports and Founder’s Awards abstracts—must be original, previously unpublished work that has yet to be presented at a national conference. The SAVS will accept extended abstracts for Founder’s Award consideration from students, residents or fellows currently in programs based in Southern U.S. states. These extended abstracts should not exceed 1,500 words and should represent original research concerning peripheral arterial, venous or lymphatic disease. The SAVS will grant the winner $5,000 at the 2009 annual meeting. Work should be suitable for publication in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

For more information or to submit abstracts online, visit the SAVS’s Web site,

AVF Abstract Deadline Approaches

The American Venous Forum is encouraging all interested physicians to submit formal abstracts for presentation at its 21st Annual Meeting, to be held Feb. 11–14 at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Ariz. The deadline for submission is Sept. 5.
Abstracts can be submitted for standard 10-minute oral presentation; poster presentation; or three-minute “mini” presentation, a new format introduced at the 2007 annual meeting. Authors of poster displays will also present a three-minute oral presentation during a moderated “grand rounds” session, and the AVF will award prizes for the best posters. Mini presentations will feature case reports, preliminary results, early data, small series or interesting cases.
Residents and fellows can also apply for the following awards: the BSN-JOBST Research Fellowship in Venous and Lymphatic Disease (one award of $25,000), the SERVIER Traveling Fellowship (two awards of travel reimbursement to Paris and Copenhagen, Denmark) or the SIGVARIS Travel Award (four awards of travel reimbursement up to $3,000 to attend the AVF’s 21st Annual Meeting).

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SCVS Seeks Submissions

The Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery is accepting abstracts for its 37th Annual Symposium, to be held March 18–21 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 8.
“The 2009 meeting … provides accepted authors with an opportunity to present their original research in a setting that manages to be informal and intimate while reaching a national audience,” said SCVS President Alan B. Lumsden, M.D., in a statement.

Abstract presentation formats include full-length oral presentations, three-minute “mini” oral presentations, video presentations and poster presentations.

Medical students of a university or an affiliated hospital, residents in a surgical or vascular surgical residency, or fellows in a vascular surgery fellowship who are submitting abstracts for full-length oral presentation can enter the Peter B. Samuels Essay Award Competition. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, reimbursement for round-trip coach airfare travel to the symposium and two nights of hotel accommodations.

Medical students, residents and fellows submitting work for poster presentation are eligible for the Allastair Karmody Poster Competition. The Karmody Competition will feature a two-round judging process. In the first round, each participant will give a three-minute presentation and respond to questions delivered by authors and attendees in his or her topic group. Then first round winners will present their three-minute talks to the entire audience, and moderators will choose a final winner. The competition will grant each first-round winner $500 and the final winner an additional $500.

Abstracts for both competitions must reflect either clinical or experimental observations or be based on analysis and review of previously published data on the anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemisty or genetics of the vascular system and its disease.

For more information or to submit your abstract online, visit