HF Update Trainee Research Competition

The CHFS HF Update Trainee Research Competition was created in 2019 to recognize individuals for emerging or outstanding research in the field of heart failure. Abstracts submitted to the Trainee Research competition will be considered for in-person poster presentation at HF Update.

The 2024 call for abstracts is now closed. 

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Only the first author of the abstract will be eligible to submit to the Research Competition.
  2. To be eligible, the first author must be a non-faculty member at any academic institution/medical center. Examples of eligible applicants include (but are not limited to) students, medical residents or fellows, research fellows including post-doctorate, and allied health care professionals.
  3. All applicants must already be or have applied for CHFS membership. Membership is free for trainees. 

Application Process

  1. Adult and pediatric, medical and surgical, clinical and basic science research is accepted. Case reports will not be accepted.
  2. Submissions are accepted in both English and French.

Review Panel

  1. A review panel will score the abstracts and select one (1)  grand prize winner, one (1) runner-up and two (2) finalists. 
  2. Winners will be selected based upon the overall quality of the research project as presented in the abstract. 
  3. All candidates (successful and unsuccessful) will be notified in advance of HF Update.

Finalist Presentations

  1. The four (4) winners will feature their work though moderated poster presentation during a designated break/time slot. 
  2. The grand prize, runner-up and 3rd and 4th place finalists will be announced during an HF Update Plenary Session.

Award Prizes

No travel funding is provided. A prize of $2,000 will be awarded to the 1st place (grand prize) winner, $1,000 to the 2nd place runner-up, and $500 for 3rd and 4th place finalists.


2024 Finalists

Kevin Ma, MD (Winner) University of Alberta

Guideline Directed Medical Therapy in Heart Failure Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: A Prospective Study from the Heart Function Clinic Registry 

Mohammed Adam Benharrats, MD (Runner-up) Université de Sherbrooke

Acute Myocarditis and Pericarditis in PASC (Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19): Initial Insights From the IMPACT-COVID-19 Study

Florence Bernier, MD Candidate (Finalist) Université de Montréal 

Patient selection for advanced therapies in heart failure, can we agree to disagree?

Amir Razaghizad, MD Candidate, MSc (Finalist) McGill University

Cardiovascular Phenotypes in Type 2 Diabetes: Latent Profile Analysis of the CANVAS program and CREDENCE trial