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Rep. Lowey Announces $800,000 In Grants To Medical Researchers

Rep. Nita Lowey
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) announced more than $800,000 in National Institutes of Health grants to New York Medical College  in Valhalla and Burke Rehabilitation Center in White Plains.

The college will receive $402,500 to develop neurotoxin poisoning treatments and Burke will receive $398,879 to determine which hand therapies work best for children with cerebral palsy.

“The health industry is part of the lifeblood of the Lower Hudson Valley economy, and these NIH grants will help keep our communities safe and healthy,” said Lowey.

“Every $1 in NIH grants generates $2.21 in economic benefit, meaning these grants amount to more than $1.7 million for our economy. This grant money will help us respond to catastrophic scenarios, and determine therapies that improve the quality of life for children and adults living with cerebral palsy. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding that benefits Lower Hudson Valley families and the economy.” The college will use a countermeasures against chemical threats (CounterACT) program grant to develop models and screen FDA-approved drugs to find the best methods to treat poisoning by a potent neurotoxic rodenticide known as TMDT, which has been implicated in thousands of accidental, intentional, and mass poisonings worldwide. “My collaborators and I are very pleased to receive funding for this important effort,” said Dr. Michael P. Shakarjian at the college's School of Health Sciences and Practice. “The results of our work will directly inform U.S. Public Health Service and CDC recommendations regarding the therapeutic response to the threat posed by TMDT.” Burke will use its Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development grant to improve hand function in children with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder impairing movement that affects three in 1,000 babies.

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