87 projects benefit from the U.S. government's stimulus package
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has received more than $21 million through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the school's officials announced Tuesday.
A total of 87 research projects at UMDNJ are being funded with the aid. Additional research projects will be considered for funding in the current fiscal year.
"These grants are a great endorsement of the work that is done at UMDNJ," said Dr. William F. Owen, Jr., UMDNJ president. "The research and discovery that occur here are important reasons why UMDNJ means a healthy New Jersey."
"We are very excited about the level of ARRA funding that UMDNJ has received to date," said Kathleen Scotto, UMDNJ vice president of research. "It reflects our strong commitment to outstanding research and education and to the discovery, development and delivery of the best health care to the people of New Jersey and beyond. Our accomplishments are a true team effort and we are grateful for the support of our research and health care partners as well as members of Congress from New Jersey who helped to craft and enact the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act."
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus package, allocated funds for a variety of health-related initiatives, including health and science research, education and funds to repair or improve existing research facilities.
The awards went to five UMDNJ schools and were administered through several federal agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and the National Science Foundation.
Among the projects receiving funding:
- A pilot study to verify the benefits of blood transfusions in patients with active coronary artery disease who also suffer from anemia. More than 11 million red blood cell transfusions take place in the United States each year.
- An examination of the relative benefits of radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer, a disease that affects one in six men in this country. The study will cover roughly 140,000 cases. Reducing the overuse of radiation therapy could potentially result in $700 million in cost savings per year while improving the quality of life for many patients.
- An education program at a Newark high school that will design a curriculum focusing on major clinical diseases that affect minority populations. A special goal of this program will be to interest minority students in research and health careers.
— TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM