Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $4 Million For Medical Research In Illinois

CHICAGO – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $4,063,637 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) medical research grant funding for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support medical advancement in various fields, from drug addiction research to vascular disease research.

“Federal investments allow the United States to continue discovering key breakthroughs in various medical fields,” said Durbin. “I will keep working with Senator Duckworth to ensure Illinois’ world-class research institutions have the federal support they need to help save lives.”

“Across the state, universities are constantly conducting the cutting-edge research necessary for incredible medical advances,” said Duckworth. “As a home for research institutions, Illinois is second to none and with this federal support we can continue to set these institutions up for success while they work to find cures and treatments for illnesses of all kinds.”

Recipients of HHS grants include:

  1. University of Chicago (Mental Health Research): $291,618
  2. Northwestern University at Chicago (Heart and Vascular Diseases Research): $30,000
  3. Northwestern University (3D Bioprinting of Strong Living Scaffolds): $203,616
  4. Loyola University Chicago (Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research): $192,500
  5. University of Chicago (Drug Abuse and Addiction Research): $238,576
  6. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Research): $385,068
  7. Northwestern University at Chicago (Drug Abuse and Addiction Research): $545,420
  8. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Research for Mothers and Children): $229,542
  9. University of Chicago (Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders): $1,947,297

In March 2021, Durbin reintroduced the American Cures Act, which would provide annual budget increases of five percent plus inflation at America’s top four biomedical research agencies: the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense Health Program, and the Veterans Medical and Prosthetics Research Program. Over the last seven years, Durbin has successfully worked on a bipartisan basis to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health by nearly 50 percent.