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NAVBO Sponsored Trainee Travel Awards to Vascular Biology Gordon Research Conferences

NAVBO has allocated $1,000 per year to provide up to two travel awards for trainees (graduate student, post-doctoral fellows) to attend a Gordon Research Conference.

Please note, for 2022 we have already presented two travel awards for two trainees to attend the Endothelial Cell Phenotypes in Health and Disease GRC in June.  Applications from chairs will be available for 2023. 


  • Applicant must submit have submitted an abstract to the eligible GRC*
  • Applicant and the applicant's PI (i.e., senior/corresponding author on the abstract) must be current NAVBO members in good standing (membership dues paid through June 30, 2020 or later).
  • Submit an application directly to NAVBO to include:
    • verification that you are attending this meeting
    • name and email of your PI (who must be the senior author on the abstract)
    • letter from your PI/supervisor attesting to your work on the research described in the abstract and your current status
    • copy of the abstract submitted to the GRC (pdf). Please note, this does not replace your abstract submission to the GRC.
    • The award recipients will be chosen by the chairs of the GRC Conference

*Eligible GRCs are those whose chairs/organizers are NAVBO members who apply for support of trainee travel awards to the NAVBO Council. 

From time to time, NAVBO provides Travel Awards to our Trainee members to attend other meetings including certain Gordon Research Conferences, the Gulf Coast Vascular Research Consortium and others. When awards are available, information will be included here and in the NAVBO NewsBEAT.

Advancing Young Voices through Diversity and Inclusion

Student Memberships are available for those who identify with a group that is underrepresented in vascular biology.

NAVBO is providing a funding platform to support diversity and inclusion efforts in the vascular biology community at the undergraduate and graduate student career stages.

The North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO) provides a forum whereby members disseminate and share information related to the scientific field of vascular biology, ensuring the translation of knowledge from basic science to clinical practice. NAVBO supports and organizes meetings, workshops, online events and maintains a website linking the vascular biology community. We actively recruit trainees as members and support their growth and career.

We would like to increase diversity and inclusion within the vascular biology community, expose more young scientists to the field of vascular biology, and bring more trainees into this collaborative community. Therefore, we are extending this offer of free membership to students who are members of populations that are not well represented in vascular biology, including but not limited to Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, Indigenous Peoples of America/Native American (including Native Hawaiian and Alaskan), and LGBTQ+.  We would also like to extend this offer to students who may be at a financial disadvantage and would benefit from this opportunity.

In order to take advantage of this offer, complete this application form. Students will need to upload their CV and a letter from their supervisor, confirming their status as a student.


NAVBO will present awards for outstanding talks by trainees (students and postdocs) and outstanding ePoster awards for their presentations at Vascular Biology 2021

NAVBO will present up to eight Outstanding Talk Awards and an award for Best NanoTalk

The Awards will be based on the presentations.


  • You must be a trainee member of NAVBO (your CV is required during the membership application process)
  • You must submit an abstract to Vascular Biology 2021
  • You must indicate on the abstract submission form that you want to be considered for a NAVBO Trainee Award
  • Only students (medical, graduate and undergraduate), post doctoral fellows and the equivalent are eligible. You must still be in this position at the time of the meeting (October 2021)
  • ePoster presentations are only eligible if the audio narration is included

Recipients will be announced just before the Benditt Award Lecture (November 2) and the Folkman Award Lecture (November 4).



Keith Christian Afas, University of Western Ontario
Neha Ahuja, UT-Southwestern
Caitlin Bowen, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Randa Breikaa, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Nicholas Chavkin, University of Virginia
Vanessa Coelho-Santos, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Claire Dessalles, Ecole Polytechnique
Erika Dreikorn, University of Pittsburgh
Menggui Huang, University of Pennsylvania
Emily Juzwiak, Johns Hopkins University
Gaganpreet Kaur, LSU Health Shreveport
Hyunbum Kim, Boston Children's Hospital
Elise Kronquist, NIH/NHLBI
Celine Kong, MD Anderson Cancer Center, UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Anahita Mojiri, Houston Methodist Research Institute
Paolo Panza, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
Bridget Parrish, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Meghan Sedovy, Virginia Tech
Natalie Yeo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Lingling Zhang, University of Minnesota
Xingyan Zhou, Tulane University


Sarah Colijn, Washington University in St. Louis


Developmental Vascular Biology and Genetics Workshop
Jesus Gomez Salinero, Weill Cornel Medicine
Tendai Hunyenyiwa, Medical College of Wisconsin
Mingjun Liu, University of Pittsburgh
Miranda Marvel, NICHD
Alexandra Socovich, University of Illinois at Chicago

Vascular Matrix Biology and Bioengineering Workshop
Suhaas Anbazhakan, Stanford University
Kaveeta Kaw, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Satomi Matsumoto, University of California, Irvine
Scott Paulissen, NICHD/NIH
Michael Warkala, Rutgers University

Vasculata Scholarships will be available to assist attendees in need of funding.  More information will be available in May for the 2022 Vasculata.