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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces $770,000 in Grant Funding for University of Rochester Medical Center

August 11, 2017
Press Release
Award will fund efforts to prevent radiation damage for cancer patients

ROCHESTER, NY — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $770,000 grant for the University of Rochester Medical Center from the Department of Health and Human Services. The award will be used to research and develop drugs that would prevent radiation damage to the salivary glands for throat and neck cancer patients.

“This major federal award is yet another example of the important research happening right here in our community. Rochester is helping lead the world in some of the most groundbreaking medical breakthroughs. Doctor Benoit’s research will help carry that legacy while also playing a big role in helping the hundreds of thousands of people diagnosed with throat and neck cancer every year,” said Slaughter. 

Severe loss of salivary gland function is an outcome of radiation therapy for more than 550,000 patients annually diagnosed with throat and neck cancers worldwide. The funding will to be used to research and develop a drug that would prevent radiation damage and mitigate the effects of the cancer treatment. The project is led by Dr. Danielle Benoit, Principle Investigator at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Benoit Lab.

Congresswoman Slaughter is a member of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, which educates Members of Congress about the possibilities of biomedicines. She is also the only trained microbiologist in Congress and a leader on public health issues.

 

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