Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $246K in Federal Funding for New York Medical College

November 13, 2018
Press Release

VALHALLA, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced $246,000 in federal funding for New York Medical College to conduct research with the goal of developing a new cure for the tick-borne disease babesiosis.

“I’m very pleased to have helped secure this vital federal funding for New York Medical College, a leading biomedical research institution advancing groundbreaking research,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This grant will enable NYMC to tackle an emerging public health threat in our region and help keep our communities safe.”

“The emerging tick-borne disease Babesia microti, found in the U.S. and prevalent in the Hudson Valley, poses a significant health threat in this region,” said Dr. Dana Mordue, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Project Director. “The parasite, which infects red blood cells, has become an important cause of transfusion-transmitted infection. Toward this end, the grant provides funds for collaborative translational research between a physician and a basic scientist, to perform necessary pre-clinical studies aimed at developing a potential novel cure for babesiosis—particularly for the most vulnerable immune suppressed patients.”

The funding was awarded through the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research program. NIAID, one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is mandated with responding to emerging public health threats.

As the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey was instrumental in securing a $2 billion increase in federal funding for NIH in the Fiscal Year 2019 spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services enacted earlier this fall. In addition, earlier this year, she secured a $3 billion increase for NIH as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2018. The $3 billion, or 8.8%, increase from the FY2017 enacted level is the largest increase in NIH funding in 15 years.