April 23, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Nearly $1 Million to Improve Medical Research in New York City

Funds Will Support Research and Treatment Advancements at Mount Sinai, Hunter College, Yeshiva University

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $933,255 to upgrade and improve resources at leading medical research institutions in New York City, including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York University, Hunter College and Yeshiva University in the Bronx. The federal dollars will help the institutions 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.

"These funds are just what the doctor ordered," Schumer said. "In these tough economic times, this federal funding will go a long way in ensuring that New York City continues to have the best medical research facilities in the nation, and I am proud to have worked so hard with Senator Gillibrand to secure this essential funding."

"It is critical that we invest in the life-saving research at our world class facilities in New York City," said Senator Gillibrand. "Federal funding for this cutting edge research will help with medical diagnosis and treatment while promoting economic growth in New York City. 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."

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine at New York University will receive $120,670 to purchase equipment to advance research into autism, bipolar disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and other psychiatric disorders. Mount Sinai School of Medicine will also receive $84,750 to help develop better treatments for conditions affecting premature newborns.

Hunter College will receive $227,929 for research into neurocognitive deficits, substance abuse and HIV risk behavior.

Yeshiva University will receive $245,656 for research into causes related to genetic birth defects.

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.