April 23, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce $2.2 Million to Improve Medical Research in Buffalo

Funds Will Support Research, Treatment Advancements at SUNY at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced more than $2.2 million to upgrade and improve resources at Buffalo medical research institutions, including SUNY at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation. The federal dollars will help move forward on critical research and treatment to help improve the lives of all New Yorkers, and are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Senators Schumer and Gillibrand helped pass earlier this year.

"Investing in these institutions makes sense in both the short run and the long run," said Schumer.  "Immediately it will create jobs and advance Buffalo's position at the cutting edge of the medical research, while in the long run it will allow our parents and grandparents to live longer, healthier lives."

"It is critical that we invest in the life-saving research at our world class facilities in 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."

SUNY at Buffalo will receive $2,000,000 to make broad expansions into multidimensional translational cardiovascular research. Roswell Park Cancer Institute Corporation will receive $216,662 for research into lung, head, neck and colon cancer, as well as treatments for better disease management.

Senators Schumer and Gillibrand are strong supporters of President Obama's economic plan. The investment will help create or save more than 200,000 jobs in New York, while laying the foundation of future economic growth with critical investments in health care technology, education, infrastructure and renewable energy.