Brown Announces More Than $1.1 Million for Research and Jobs at Medical Institutions

Federal Funds to Advance Medical Research and Create Jobs in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the release of $1,156,739 in National Institute of Health (NIH) funds for medical research and student and teacher training programs. The federal funds, which were released under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will benefit seven universities and hospitals across Ohio.

“This funding will put universities and hospitals at the cutting edge of biomedical research,” Brown said. “These funds will support research to help overcome our nation’s most critical health challenges and create jobs in the process.”

Medical research and development programs generate employment opportunities, increase wages, and assist hospitals with discovering medical methods to treat various illnesses. According to a study released last year, the NIH estimates that each dollar of funding invested in universities and hospitals can generate more than twice the return.

In 2007, Ohio was a top-ten leader in economic activities created through NIH grant funding. During the same year, NIH grants were credited with creating or supporting more than 350,000 jobs nationwide.

Brown has been a leading advocate in Congress for increasing funding to doctors and hospitals. Earlier this month, he introduced the Pediatric Workforce Investment Act, which would create a loan reimbursement program to encourage more physicians to enter the pediatric care workforce.

The legislation would help address serious shortages in pediatric care, in which 28,000 pediatric specialists provide care for more than 80 million children.

The following universities and hospitals were awarded NIH grant funding:

Cincinnati Children's Hospital 15,000 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

University of Cincinnati 166,275 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

Case Western Reserve University 322,557 Research to find hormones that kill leukemia and lymphoma

Case Western Reserve University 21,666 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

Cleveland Clinic 196,250 Research on auto-immune disorders that affect women

Cleveland State University 17,665 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

Ohio State University 10,446 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

Ohio State University 187,500 Research on preventing cardiovascular disease

Ohio State University 212,500 Research on bacteria that are resistant to certain drugs

Kent State University 6,880 Funding to hire students or teachers for research programs

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