Cullen Run Scholar

Starting in 2015, proceeds from the run/walk began funding an annual $25,000 Steve Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Award as well as other cardiac research projects. This award honors a Medical College scientist involved in cutting-edge cardiovascular research, once again placing the money raised directly in the laboratory, where we can make the most difference!

In 2022, we proudly raised that Cullen Scholar award to $50,000 and announced that our first Cullen Scholar at this level would be Caitlin O’Meara, PhD, who is studying ways to regenerate heart cells.  Dr. O’Meara’s groundbreaking work has the potential to lessen heart damage and prevent early death for heart failure patients. It may also provide an alternative to current therapies such as heart transplants.  

Caitlin OMeara_Academic Profile

For more information on the work of past Cullen Scholars, see below.

2020 Cullen Scholar Ze Zheng  Click Here

2019 Cullen Scholar Dr. Alison Kriegel Click Here

2018 Cullen Scholar Dr. Julie Freed Click Here.

Great article about our 2018 Cullen Scholar!

2017 Cullen Scholar Dr. Andrew Greene, click here. 

2016 Cullen Scholar, Dr. Peter Frommelt, click here.

2015 Cullen Scholar, Dr. Aron Guerts, click here.


2015 Cullen Healthy Heart Scholar Dr. Aron Geurts gives members of the Cullen Run/Walk committee a tour of his lab and an explanation of how the Cullen Run/Walk donation advanced his research.