Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $452,500 for Burke Medical Research Institute

May 4, 2012
Press Release

Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) today announced Burke Medical Research Institute will receive a $452,500 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue brain repair research conducted by Dr. Jian Zhong.


“Burke Medical Research Institute has earned a reputation for groundbreaking research that is helping to improve health and better understand diseases and injuries,” said Congresswoman Lowey.  “I am proud this federal funding will support research being conducted right here in the lower Hudson Valley.  This is exactly the type of investment that is critical to advancing science and improving health in New York and nationwide.”


Dr. Rajiv R. Ratan, Executive Director of Burke Medical Research Institute, said, "Dr. Zhong's award from the NIH represents an enormous accomplishment in this highly competitive funding environment. His work on brain repair promises to impact those suffering from a host of neurological conditions including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond.  On behalf of the Burke scientific community, I can say we are quite proud of him. We also wish to thank Congresswoman Lowey for her assistance in securing this funding."


Congresswoman Lowey is a senior member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, where she has fought successfully for funding increases for the National Institutes of Health.