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Federal Dollars Will Advance Research, Treatment for Heart-Related Birth Defects

Washington, D.C.U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $341,280 in federal dollars from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to advance research and treatment for heart-related birth defects at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The federal investment is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year.

“Federal funding for medical research and training is needed now more than ever,” said Schumer. “In these difficult economic times, it is critical that we continue to invest in cutting-edge medical research to push the boundaries of medicine and promote long-term economic growth. I will continue to fight for federal funds that will advance the Upstate Medical University in Syracuse as a world-class research institution and vital source of jobs for Central New York.”

“It is critical that we invest in the life-saving research and personnel training at our world class medical facilities in Syracuse,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Federal funding for this cutting edge research will help save lives while supporting economic growth in Central New York. I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars and improved health care initiatives.”


Upstate Medical University will receive $341,280 in federal investments from HHS to advance research and treatment for congenital heart disease – the most common birth defect. Progress has been made in understanding heart defects, but for many cases the underlying cause is unknown. This project focuses on mechanisms that control heart development to identify genes that may aid in diagnosis, treatment or prevention of congenital heart disease.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of President Obama’s economic plan. The investment will help create or save more than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic growth with critical investments in health care technology and research, education, infrastructure and renewable energy.


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