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Lowey Announces $589,000 Grant For Burke Rehab Center

U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey
U.S. Rep. Nita M. Lowey Photo Credit: File Photo

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester) announced a $589,679 grant from the U.S, Department of Health and Human Services to Burke Rehabilitation and  Research in White Plains.

Lowey, the Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, announced that the grant would go to further research into cell transplant in the healing of spinal cord injuries, according to a press release.

“Federal medical research grants allow for economic growth, job creation and healthy communities,” said Lowey. “These federal dollars will help Burke Rehab Center innovate and find solutions that bring people suffering from spinal cord injuries back to health. I have been a tireless advocate for medical research grants, and I will continue to make sure medical research gets the attention it needs in Congress.”

Dr. Caitlin E. Hill, director of Spinal Cord Injury Preclinical Studies at Burke and lead researcher, said  cell research plays a critical role in healing spinal cord injuries, according to the release.

“We think that cell transplants are good options to replace the cells that are lost and to provide a substrate for remodeling the circuitry,” said Hill.