FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2009

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $600,000 IN ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT FUNDING COMING TO UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FOR BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH GRANTS AND RESEARCH POSITIONS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Will Provide Over $9.9 Million For Biomedical Research and Research Training at NIH Funded Institutions Across New York State

Funding Will Create Six Research Positions for Students or Teachers and Support Development of New Strategies to Combat Epidemic Typhus at the University of Rochester

Schumer, Gillibrand: Funding New Programs and Positions Will Keep Rochester on Cutting Edge of Research and Provide Needed Boost to Local Economy

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that a total of $603,279 has been allocated to the University of Rochester through the National Institutes for Health under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). $420,800 will be used for two grants funding research to combat epidemic typhus and to profile neurological changes in individuals who develop deafness. Another $182,479 will fund six research experiences for either teachers or students to take place over two consecutive summers. A total of $9.9 million will be administered to New York State research institutions under the ARRA.

 

“These investments at the University of Rochester will create jobs and keep the school at the forefront of biomedical research and training,” Schumer said. “At a time when upstate New Yorkers are feeling the effects of our current economic crisis, there is no better time to fund programs that will put our talented researchers to work and advance the quality of medical care in our country. Simply put, this money is a sound long-term investment as well as a strong response to our current crisis.”

 

“It is critical that we invest in life-saving research and personnel training at our world class medical facilities in Rochester,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Federal funding for these cutting edge research and training programs will help with medical diagnosis and treatment while promoting economic growth in Rochester. During these tough economic times, I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars and improved healthcare initiatives.”

 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people's health and save lives, the NIH provides leadership and financial support to more than 3,000 institutions in the fifty states and territories.

 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide $182,479 to create research experiences over the next two summers for six students or teachers at the University of Rochester. It will also provide a $192,500 grant for the study of epidemic typhus, which could lead to development of novel therapeutic and immunologic strategies against this debilitating louse-borne disease, and a $228,300 grant to profile the changes that occur to proteins in the brains of individuals who develop deafness.

 

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