Durbin Announces $589,531 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 $589,531 in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. These National Institutes of Health grants, allocated by the Department of Health and Human Services, will support biomedical research and training. The following programs in Illinois will receive funding:


• Northwestern University: $68,625 in funding to investigate whether the use of endothelial progenitor cells can improve the quality of life for patients in need of small diameter blood vessel replacements. Endothelial progenitor cells isolated from blood may significantly improve the clinical outcome of these patients by providing a living component of native blood vessels.


• Chestnut Health Systems, Inc.: $201,750 in funding to investigate whether computerized adaptive testing can improve the substance abuse treatment field by reducing the burden on clients and programs while still providing reliable and valid information to support clinical decision making.


• University of Illinois at Chicago: $123,476 in funding for research on the role substance abuse plays in the sexual transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among African-American young adults;


• University of Illinois at Chicago: $195,680 in funding to investigate what causes the toxic influx of zinc into brain cells during a stroke.