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Sen. Dick Durbin highlights importance of medical research with RIC’s Todd Kuiken, MD/PhD

Published on January 14, 2016

Sen. Durbin Highlights Importance of Medical Research with RIC’s Todd Kuiken, MD/PhD

By Kristin Samuelson

In the field of biomedical science, researchers are always on the hunt for more funding to investigate, treat and cure diseases. Thanks to a $2 billion increase in federal funding from Congress this year, that hunt will be much easier.

Durbin Press Conference

“In this year’s federal budget, we had one of the most significant commitments to medical research we have seen in recent times,” U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said during a press conference Jan. 4 at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Todd Kuiken, MD/PhD and director for the Center for Bionic Medicine, presented at the press conference along with a “prop:” a bionic arm created at RIC and funded in part by federal grants.

In total, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will receive $32.08 billion nationally -- a 6.64 percent increase over last year -- from the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2016. In 2015, Illinois received $710 million in NIH funding, supporting 14,000 jobs and creating more than $2 billion in economic activity.

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