Durbin Announces $1.2 Million in Recovery Act Funding for NIH Research in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that Illinois will receive $1,275,385 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for National Institutes of Health research programs. The following programs in Illinois will receive funding:

• University of Illinois at Chicago: $196,250 in funding for research that may lead to the development of a novel therapy that could reduce the risk of post-operative cognitive deficits from cardiopulmonary bypass surgeries.

• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: $397,080 in funding for research to understand catalysis, effector binding, drug design. Pulsed Electron Paramagnetic Resonance is an ideal approach for investigation of the protein environment.

• University of Chicago: $230,250 in funding to study an herb mixture that actually increases a type of oxidant stress in the heart that may help condition it and protect against future heart attack injury.

• University of Chicago: $195,000 in funding for research that will explore an approach to treating oral mucositis, a common side effect of radiation therapy and chemotherapy in cancer patients.

• University of Chicago: $74,930 in funding for a study to trace the connection between pain and depression, including stress hormone effects, in girls entering adolescence.

• Southern Illinois University Carbondale: $181,875 in funding for research that will provide the first translational step towards providing evidence-based information regarding the use of ginseng and its constituent-enriched extracts in complementary breast cancer therapy.