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Advanced Practice Provider
Pre-Doctoral / Graduate
Fellows / Postdocs
Junior Faculty

The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ 2020 AASLD Foundation Abstract Awards

AASLD Foundation Abstract Awards recognize excellence and promote the professional development of young investigators.


Abstract Award applications are due at the time the abstract is submitted for consideration. Applications for The Liver Meeting® 2020 Abstract Awards will be accepted between April 1 – July 17, 2020. You must apply at the time of abstract submission to be considered for an award.

The top candidates for each award will present their research results during The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™ and will be designated in event materials as an award recipient.

View the 2019 Abstract Award recipients.

Guidelines and Notification

To be eligible to receive an Abstract Award, you must be the presenter of the abstract. Applicants may apply for multiple awards with multiple abstracts, as long as the applicant is the presenting author on each abstract. Please note that an applicant is eligible to receive only one Abstract Award per year.

Recipients will be announced in September 2020 and presentation of the awards will be made during The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™.

Award Descriptions

In addition to the awards listed below, the AASLD Foundation may support other awards of excellence if funding becomes available. To be eligible for consideration, candidates must complete the “Awards” section demographics when submitting their abstract for The Liver Meeting®. Note that there are no abstract awards for Late-Breaking abstracts.

Awardees in all categories will receive a $500 prize and complimentary registration to The Liver Meeting Digital Experience™.

Advanced Practice Providers Award (2 awards available)

These awards recognize outstanding abstracts submitted by advanced practice providers.

Early Career Investigator Awards

MD applicants must be within four years of completing clinical fellowship training (or equivalent), and PhD applicants must be within 10 years of the receipt of their research degree.

  • Early Career Investigator Awards in Basic Science (20 awards available)
  • Early Career Investigator Award in Clinical/Translational Research (20 awards available)
  • International Early Career Investigator Award (5 awards available)
    Open to international applicants who are living in and performing research outside of the US at the time of abstract submission.

Fellow Research Award (1 award available)

This award is given for the best abstract submitted by a fellow. Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

Liver Transplant and/or Hepatobiliary Surgery Fellow Awards (2 awards available)

The applicant must be a trainee and the author or co-author of the abstract submitted and he/she will need to indicate what type of surgical trainee they are (e.g. transplant surgery fellow, hepatobiliary surgery fellow, surgical resident, other type of surgical trainee).

Pediatric Research Award (1 award available)

The purpose of the award is to foster excellence in pediatric liver disease research. Only a physician/scientist with a primary appointment affiliation in a department of pediatrics will be eligible (fellows and junior faculty within three years of appointment). Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

Resident Research Award (1 award available)

The purpose of the award is to recognize high quality research undertaken by a resident in training. Applicant must be in training in an accredited US residency program (internal medicine, surgery, pathology, etc.; sub-specialty fellows are not eligible). The applicant must be a primary contributor of the project and committed to a career in liver disease. Applicant must be a member of AASLD.

Student Research Award (1 award available)

Applicant must be a graduate or undergraduate student (i.e. has not received an MD, PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree) and is the primary contributor to the research.

Memorial Travel Awards

The AASLD Foundation Memorial Travel Award Program was created to provide donors an opportunity to support young investigators while also honoring the legacy of colleagues, family, and friends, in memoriam by establishing a distinct travel award. These awards are bestowed upon highly-meritorious abstracts submitted for consideration of an Abstract Travel Award. You do not need to submit a separate application – all Abstract Travel Award applicants that also meet the criteria for a given Memorial Travel Award will be considered.

Learn more about, or how to establish, Memorial Travel Awards.


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Travel award funding is distributed by the AASLD Foundation following the recipient’s participation in The Liver Meeting® (including abstract presentation). Failure to meet these requirements will result in forfeiture of the award and award funding.

The following policies apply to all travel awards.

  • The recipient is responsible for providing the appropriate supporting tax documents.
  • The disbursement of all funds will comply with all Internal Revenue Code requirements and any other applicable federal or state law.
  • No funds will be distributed prior to the conclusion of the meeting.
  • No funds will be distributed if all meeting participation requirements are not met.
  • No arrangements are provided “in-kind.”
  • Awards are not transferrable.
  • The recipient is responsible for presentation of the abstract. If anyone other than the named recipient presents the abstract for oral presentations, the award and award funding will be forfeited.
  • The AASLD Foundation must be notified immediately if the recipient will be unable to present the selected abstract so that an alternate recipient can be notified.

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