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The Liver Meeting® 2019 AASLD Foundation Abstract Awards

AASLD Foundation Abstract Travel Awards recognize excellence and promote the professional development of young investigators by providing funds to travel to The Liver Meeting® and present their work to an international audience.


Abstract Award applications are due at the time the abstract is submitted for consideration. Applications for The Liver Meeting® 2019 Abstract Awards will be accepted between April 1 – June 3, 2019. 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 at The Liver Meeting® and will be designated in the Program Book as an award recipient.

View the 2018 Abstract Award Recipients.

Guidelines and Notification

To be eligible to receive an Abstract Travel Award, you must be the presenter of the abstract. Applicants may apply for a multiple travel 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 Travel Award per year.

International applicants must be able to obtain a visa to visit the United States, and comply with all applicable economic and trade sanctions laws.

Recipients will be announced in August 2019 and presentation of the awards will be made at The Liver Meeting®.

Travel 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.

Advanced Practice Providers Award ($1,000, 2 awards available)

These awards enable advanced practice providers submitting abstracts for The Liver Meeting® to receive travel support.

Early Career Investigator Awards

These awards enable young researchers submitting exceptional abstracts for The Liver Meeting® to receive travel support. 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 ($1,000, 20 awards available)
  • Early Career Investigator Award in Clinical/Translational Research ($1,000, 20 awards available)
  • International Early Career Investigator Award ($1,500, 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 ($1,000, 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 ($1,000, 2 awards available)

These awards enable liver transplant and/or hepatobiliary surgery fellows submitting abstracts for The Liver Meeting® to receive travel support. 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 ($1,000, 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 ($1,000, 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.

Anna S. Lok, MD

Student Research Award ($1,000, 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.


For more information about Abstract Travel Awards or reimbursement policies, send an email to


Reimbursement Policies

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

The following reimbursement policies apply to all travel awards.

  • All reimbursement requests must adhere to AASLD Foundation standards as listed in the award notification email and on the reimbursement form.
  • The recipient must complete, sign and mail an AASLD Foundation reimbursement form along with ORIGINAL, ITEMIZED receipts to the AASLD Foundation office.
  • Reimbursements are paid by check in US dollars. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing following receipt and approval of reimbursement documents by the AASLD Foundation..
  • Reimbursement may be requested for eligible travel related expenses up to the maximum amount of the award/grant. Expenses in excess of the award amount will not be reimbursed by The AASLD Foundation under any circumstances.
  • Visa and other entry requirements are the sole responsibility of the individual award recipient and costs for obtaining a visa or other travel documents are not reimbursable.
  • The recipient is responsible for providing the appropriate supporting tax documents.
  • The reimbursement funds will comply with all Internal Revenue Code requirements and any other applicable federal or state law.
  • No funds will be distributed onsite, or 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. For poster presentations, the named award recipient must be present during the designated hours for presenters to be in attendance or the award and award funding will be forfeited.
  • The AASLD Foundation must be notified immediately if the recipient will be unable to attend The Liver Meeting® or present the selected abstract so that an alternate recipient can be notified.

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