The AHA is currently funding a total $552,000 in research grants in Maine to help further the AHA’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Sarah M. Peterson, M.D. is a graduate of the University of Maine, School of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, a Research Graduate Student and now a PhD Candidate at Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough.
Her research focuses on understanding how blood vessels change in response to injury and how this process contributes to heart disease and stroke.
“By supporting my career transition from physician to scientist, the American Heart Association is promoting the kind of interdisciplinary collaboration that helps to bring basic science research and clinical care guidelines closer together. During my clinical internship year, I had the opportunity to care for patients with end stage cardiovascular disease in a cardiac intensive care unit. Experiencing the morbidity and mortality of these patients moved me to focus on the causes of cardiovascular disease and development of more effective treatments,” said Dr. Peterson.
The Maine American Heart Association is proud to fund a talented and local scientist making strides in the heart health of all Mainers.