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 for medical research nationwide and in Chicago.

Durbin (left) with Teresa Woodruff, PhD (at the podium), professor and vice chair for research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, dean of The Graduate School and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, who spoke at the event. Photo courtesy of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab