April 15, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $400,000 in Health and Human Services Funding Coming to SUNY Buffalo For DNA Research

Grant to Fund Research of DNA Replication and Repair

Today, United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the State University of New York at Buffalo will be receiving $376,800 through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for research into the processes of DNA replication and repair.

"Federal funding for scientific research is needed now more than ever," said Schumer. "In these difficult economic times, it is critical that we continue to invest in cutting-edge scientific research to push the boundaries of medicine and promote long-term economic growth. I will continue to fight for federal funds so that our universities remain world-class research institutions."

"It is critical that we invest in the life-saving research at our world class facility at SUNY Buffalo," said Senator Gillibrand. "Federal funding for this cutting edge research will help with medical diagnosis and treatment while promoting economic growth in Western New York. During these tough economic times, I will continue to work with Senator Schumer to ensure that New York receives its fair share of federal dollars."

Funding under the HRSA grant will go towards understanding the roles of molecular machines in DNA replication and repair. The project will focus on investigating the molecular mechanism of DNA synthesis and the role of the b clamp in DNA replication and DNA pathways.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising six bureaus and 13 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.

HRSA envisions optimal health for all, supported by a health care system that assures access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality care.