Lowey Announces $82,000 in National Institutes of Health Funds for New York Medical College

April 17, 2017
Press Release

Funds Will Be Used to Study Complications in Patients with Kidney Disease

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Rockland/Westchester), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced an $82,000 National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grant for New York Medical College to research complications in patients with kidney disease.

“By supporting research into the most challenging medical mysteries, we will save lives,” said Lowey. “These federal funds for New York Medical College are a great example of why we should be investing more money in biomedical research, not less. As Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I will continue fighting to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health to develop new treatments and cures that will improve health outcomes.”

These federal funds will allow New York Medical College to study and identify unconventional sources of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), a hormone that helps to regulate phosphate levels in the blood. The mechanisms that control FGF23 are not well understood, and high levels can worsen the health of patients with acute kidney disease. By researching this hormone, New York Medical College will deepen understanding of this condition, and help patients suffering from kidney disease in the Lower Hudson Valley and across the country live longer, healthier lives. The project researcher is Marta Christov, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine.

"This two-year grant will help advance the work of a promising physician-scientist in her quest to reduce morbidity and mortality in kidney disease patients,” said Charles B. Hathaway, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Research Administration Director at New York Medical College. “We are very pleased that NIH has recognized the importance of Dr. Christov's research."

New York Medical College is a health sciences college whose purpose is to educate physicians, scientists, public health specialists, and other healthcare professionals, and to conduct biomedical and population-based research. Through its faculty and affiliated clinical partners, the College works to provide service to its community in an atmosphere of excellence, scholarship and professionalism.

The NIDDK, within the National Institutes of Health, conducts, supports, and coordinates research on many of the most serious diseases affecting kidney disease, digestive health, and diabetes .