Senator Dick Durbin Announces Investments for Biomedical Research Institutions

At a press conference at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in March, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced new federal investments included in the omnibus spending bill that will help Chicago’s biomedical research institutions continue creating new technologies and finding ways to treat and cure disease. The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus includes a $3 billion (or nearly 9 percent) increase for the National Institutes of Health, a $1 billion (or 14 percent) increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a $1.49 billion (or 5 percent) increase for Department of Defense medical research. Durbin called it an important victory...

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Northwestern Discoveries Overturn Old Thinking

All scientists dream of producing new knowledge. Every study in its own way contributes to this aim, but some research also leads to breakthroughs that fundamentally shift the entire direction of a field. At Feinberg, we’ve cultivated a unique research enterprise that allows scientists to make just those kinds of paradigm-changing insights. We have built an environment that gives investigators the freedom and the infrastructure to explore novel ideas, pursue interdisciplinary collaborations and follow unexpected conclusions, because we know that exceptional discoveries happen when scientists take creative approaches to tackle old problems in new ways. Our efforts have led...

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Refining Standards of Maternal-Fetal Care

Refining Standards of Maternal-Fetal Care by CHERYL SOOHOO Novel research is changing the way we approach healthcare for mothers and their babies.   Even though human life begins small, the importance of providing the best of care for an expectant mother and her unborn child is monumental. Nowhere is this more evident than within Northwestern Medicine, where Prentice Women’s Hospital can accommodate some 13,600 births annually. Prentice and next-door neighbor Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago together treat more than 2,000 of the most fragile of infants in neonatal intensive care each year. Taking advantage of...

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