06.10.05

Burr Announces Medical Research Grants for North Carolina Universities

Duke, UNC – Chapel Hill, N.C. State and Wake Forest receive federal funds

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr today announced $2,146,357 in federal grants from the United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for four of North Carolina's major research universities. The funding will assist research at Duke University, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University.

"North Carolina is proud that world-renowned research universities call our State home," said Senator Burr. "The medical research conducted at Duke, N.C. State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Wake Forest touches the lives of citizens everywhere - whether it be research to fight cancer, infectious diseases or bioterrorism."

Duke University received two grants:

• The Heart and Vascular Diseases Research Program at HHS' National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute awarded Duke $224,520 to study the possibility of lifespan extension of tissues.
• The Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders program at HHS' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded Duke $15,000 for its 2005 Neural Tube Defects Conference.

UNC - Chapel Hill received five grants:

• HHS' National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Program for the Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards awarded UNC - Chapel Hill $277,400 to study influenza infectivity.
• The Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research Program at HHS' National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded UNC - Chapel Hill $122,173 to study the effect of HIV.
• The National Institute of Nursing Research Nursing Research Program at HHS awarded UNC - Chapel Hill $317,488 for integrating qualitative and quantitative research findings.
• The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at HHS awarded UNC - Chapel Hill $363,430 for allergic airway disease research.
• HHS' National Cancer Institute program for Cancer Cause and Prevention Research awarded UNC - Chapel Hill $307,626 for cancer research.

N.C. State University received one grant for $292,000 for microbiological and infectious disease research.

Wake Forest received one grant for $226,730 for cancer treatment research.

For more information, please visit http://burr.senate.gov.