Lerner Researchers Present at AHA Research Reception

Five Lerner researchers with project funding from the American Heart Association (AHA) presented their work at the AHA Research Reception held earlier this month at Metro Health Hospital. Christine O’Connor, PhD, assistant staff, Genomic Medicine Institute; Kailash Gulshan, PhD, research associate, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (part of Dr. Jonathan Smith’s lab); Amy McMillan, PhD, fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (part of Dr. Stanley Hazen’s lab); Olivia Stephens, graduate student, Department of Pathobiology (part of Dr. Serpil Erzurum’s lab); and Jasmine Gajeton, graduate student, Department of Molecular Cardiology (part of Dr. Olga Stenina Adognravi’s lab) represented Lerner at the event.

The annual reception is a great opportunity for newly funded investigators to share their cardiovascular-related research and interact with fellow scientists, healthcare providers and members of the public. It is a unique chance for members of the community to learn about and sense the excitement and promise of the science, and for researchers to network with other presenters and potential collaborators.

The AHA—the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke—currently funds $5 million in active research in Cleveland, supporting nearly 30 different projects. Cleveland Clinic receives much of this funding. This long-standing support has helped Cleveland Clinic spur scientific discovery and provide patients with the best heart care in the country for over two decades.