Children’s Heart Foundation grant is a Long Island first

Check, mates: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher Michael Ronemus has received a big (and large) grant from The Children's Heart Foundation.

For the first time, Long Island-based research has been backed by The Children’s Heart Foundation.

The CHF’s New York Chapter recently presented Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory researcher Michael Ronemus with a $50,000 grant, supporting the assistant research professor’s studies of the genetics of congenital heart disease.

Ronemus’ work will include a “high-resolution genomic DNA analysis” of 125 families with a child suffering from congenital heart disease, CSHL said in a statement. The goal, according to the scientist, is to better understand the genetic factors that contribute to CHD, which is actually a group of heart abnormalities that occur in a fetus before birth.

“Our work will involve using the latest genomics technology to diagnose this disease earlier and more accurately than was previously possible,” Ronemus said Wednesday.

The Feb. 23 award marked the first grant from the national foundation supporting research being conducted on Long Island.

Children’s Heart Foundation-New York President Jacqueline Pecora, who lost twin daughters to a congenital heart defect 18 years ago, said she was thrilled to present that first-ever LI stipend – and twice as pleased that groundbreaking congenital heart disease research is happening so close to home.

“I am very excited that The Children’ s Heart Foundation is funding CHD research right in our own backyard at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,” Pecora said in a statement. “Together, we are making a huge difference in the lives of our children of today and our children of tomorrow.”

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