He’s got the heart
Craig Goergen, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and a cardiovascular health researcher, is wasting no time. Since arriving at Purdue in 2012, he has won major awards and grants including the Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association, a prestigious award that supports promising young investigators.
Goergen earned the 4-year grant for his efforts to develop a novel imaging system that can characterize and monitor vascular disease, including abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Abdominal aortic aneurysms often go undetected until they take someone’s life. Goergen’s work will help to identify patients at risk of an aortic rupture at an earlier stage.
"What we want to do is understand what causes aneurysms to form and grow, so that we can then develop better strategies to prevent that from happening,” Goergen says.
So far, by using small-animal disease models, including in vivo imaging efforts with ultrasound, magnetic resonance and fluorescence, he has quantified disease progression in both abdominal aortic aneurysms and heart attacks.
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