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Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

Representing the 25th District of New York

Slaughter Announces More Than $1.5 Million for Local HIV/AIDS and Suicide Prevention Research

July 10, 2017
Press Release
University of Rochester will lead federally funded national research projects

ROCHESTER, NY – Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) announced today that the University of Rochester has received a total of $1.5 million in grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The university has received a $775,000 award to continue its HIV/AIDS research and a $818,000 award to continue its suicide prevention efforts.

“These awards will allow the University of Rochester to continue its longtime work on HIV/AIDS research and suicide prevention,” said Slaughter. “This is a testament to the important research being done every single day in our community, which is having an impact in Monroe County and all across the country.”

Slaughter opposes President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which would slash funding for the Department of Health and Human Services by 18%— nearly $15 billion.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has been a longtime national leader in HIV/AIDS research. The university, a national leader in vaccine research, was a founding member of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. URMC is also home to the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, dedicated to reducing mortality and morbidity from suicide and attempted suicide.

Slaughter is a member of the Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS. The task force is committed to helping alleviate the suffering of millions who have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The task force is working to ensure that medicines are provided to those who have contracted the disease and programs are enacted to better educate people about the how the disease spreads and its risks.