American Heart Association Honors Waksman PI

Christopher Rongo, Associate Professor of Genetics at Waksman Institute, was honored by the American Heart Association on May 5, 2012 as a 2012 Researcher of the Year.

The 15th Annual American Heart Association "Affair of the Heart Ball" was held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to celebrate 15 years of “Funding Research, Finding Answers, Saving Lives.”  The celebration of this mission honors donors, volunteers and those whose lives have been saved, raising money to fund research and programs.

Christopher Rongo and Bonnie Firestein- Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University, were both honored as Researchers of the Year. The award is presented annually to researchers who have demonstrated excellence in heart disease and stroke research.

Dr. Rongo's research focuses on how neurons in the brain communicate, and how such communication becomes disrupted under conditions of low oxygen, which has important implications for the treatment and prevention of brain damage resulting after traumatic injury or ischemic stroke. Learn more about Rongo here.