Durbin, Duckworth Announce More Than $6.6 Million For Health Care Research In Illinois

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) today announced $6,651,233 in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) biomedical research grants for Illinois institutions. The funding will be put toward research programs across the state to support medical advancement in various fields, ranging from neurological disorders to cancer research.

“Federal investments in medical research pushes our society forward, bringing us new treatments for the serious conditions that impact so many American families,” said Durbin. “Illinois’ world-class research institutions will make good use of this federal funding to make devastating diseases like cancer, ALS, or diabetes more treatable.”

“Every day, researchers at Illinois’s world-class universities work to achieve better health outcomes for America’s families,” said Duckworth. “I’m proud to join Senator Durbin in announcing this federal funding that will help our state’s best and brightest find new cures and treatments for a wide range of health concerns.” 

Recipients of HHS grants include:

  • Midwestern University (Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research): $265,427
  • Northwestern University (Heart and Vascular Diseases Research): $712,074
  • Northwestern University (Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders): $1,431,684
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (Research for Mothers and Children): $678,998
  • Northwestern University: $615,361
  • Northwestern University (Cancer Detection and Diagnosis Research): $376,880
  • Northwestern University (Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Research): $690,407
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research): $977,797
  • Midwestern University (Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research): $237,401
  • Northwestern University (Mental Health Research): $665,204

Durbin has long been a strong advocate for robust medical research.  His legislation, the American Cures Act, 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.