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January 2020

Lowey Announces Money for Medical Research and Gun Violence Prevention Research On December 11, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, announced that New York Medical College in Valhalla, will receive $410,000 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its research on heart and vascular diseases. “New York Medical College’s critical research will advance our understanding of the health issues faced by low birth weight babies in their adult years,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding will improve our understanding of cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease and stimulate the development of new treatments. I will continue my work as Chairwoman on the House Appropriations Committee to continue bringing these essential resources to the Lower Hudson Valley so institutions like New York Medical College can help Americans live longer, healthier lives.” These federal funds will allow New York Medical College to document and define the driving factors such as oxidant and immune mechanisms that promote the progression of hypertension, cardio vascular and chronic kidney disease in adults who were low birth weight (LBW) babies. “Recent advances in neonatal medicine have increased the population of LBW babies that are incredibly susceptible for development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease for unknown reasons as they mature through adulthood,” said Principal Investigators of the project, Dr. Brian B Ratliff, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology, and Dr. Michael S. Wolin, Professor of Physiology, both at New York Medical College. “This grant will allow us to identify new and improved therapeutic approaches that target the systems that drive the progression of hypertension, cardio vascular and chronic kidney disease.” As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey has fought to increase investments in medical research. Funding to National Institutes of Health has tripled since she joined the committee. In the Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill, Lowey stated on December 16,”The Fiscal Year 2020 spending bill will include $12.5 million for the National Institutes of Health {NIH} and $12.5 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention {CDC} to conduct evidence based research on gun violence prevention to combat this public health emergency. With this investment, the best public health researchers in the country will be put to work to identify ways to reduce injury and death due to firearms. “Nearly 40,000 Americans lose their lives at the hands of firearms each year and more are gravely injured. Since 1996, I have been fighting to give public health researchers the tools to study the causes of firearm injury in hopes that more Americans can be spared from violence, suicide and firearm related accidents.”