WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the release of $1,931,294 in National Institute of Health (NIH) funds for medical research at four Ohio universities.
“This is an investment in Ohio universities that are engaged in cutting-edge research on critical health challenges,” Brown said. “For too long, the federal government shortchanged medical research. These funds don’t just bring advances in disease treatment and prevention—they bring critical economic development.”
University research programs generate new jobs, increased wages, and new services. A study released last year estimates that each dollar of NIH funding invested in universities can generate more than twice the return.
In 2007, Ohio was a top-ten leader in economic activity created through NIH resources. The same year, NIH grants were credited as having created or supported more than 350,000 jobs nationwide.
The following Ohio universities were awarded NIH grant funding:
• Wright State University, Dayton OH: $718,089 for research on nervous system function affected by health, disease, or injury.
• Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH: $511,495 for two projects: (1) $235,500 for a study on therapeutic mobility that may influence recovery from serious health conditions; (2) $275,995 for a study on colon cancer that could lead to improved detection, prevention, and treatment.
• The Ohio State University, Columbus OH: $623,294 for three projects: (1) $225,000 for a study to screen potential treatment options for Lou Gehrig’s disease; (2) $180,400 for a study to develop improved treatment options for osteoporosis in women; (3) $217,894 for a study on infant immunity and disease moderation.
• University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH: $78,416 for a project to develop new drug treatments for thyroid diseases (obesity, heart disease, cancer).