By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Two notable scientists and American Heart Association volunteers were honored by the White House for their work advancing heart disease and stroke research.

Kiran Musunuru, M.D., and Elizabeth Skidmore were among the 106 researchers to receive the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career science and engineering professionals. The awardees’ research topics range from climate change to health and wellness.

“We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people,” President Barack Obama said in a statement Monday.

Musunuru is assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University and associate physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His focus is understanding how genetics influence heart disease and using that information to develop therapies to prevent it.

Skidmore, associate professor and chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Pittsburgh, is working to understand how cognitive impairments and mood symptoms affect patients who’ve had a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

The winners will receive their awards at a Washington, D.C. ceremony this spring.