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(WASHINGTON) – Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded Henry Ford Health System more than $320,000 in research project grant funding for clinical research related to neurological disorders. This funding was awarded through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and went towards research on treatments for acute strokes. In addition, HHS also awarded Wayne State University more than $190,000 in exploratory/developmental grant funding for clinical research pertaining to brain ischemia and nonlinear dynamics. Wayne State was also awarded $35,100 in educational project grant funding, through the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, for a collaborative design in biomedical engineering entitled, “Linking to the Clinical Domain.” Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement following the announcement:

“I am delighted to announce that the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded Henry Ford Health System grant funding worth more than $320,000 to research acute strokes and extending a $190,000 grant to Wayne State University’s clinical research on brain ischemia. I am also proud to announce that the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded Wayne State $35,100 in educational grant funding for a collaborative design project,” said Conyers.

“Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, with more than 795,000 Americans suffering from attacks each year. I am grateful for the clinical work that the Henry Ford Health System does in researching this terrible neurological disorder, and for the importance that the Department of Health and Human Services places on combating strokes. Moreover, Wayne State’s related clinical research work is critical in light of the fact that 87 percent of strokes are related to brain ischemia.

“In spite of this vital work, due to the so-called budgetary ‘sequester’, both agencies’ grant budgets are on the chopping block. Unfortunately, without a reversal in this misguided policy, these cuts will continue to occur annually over the next decade.

“While only a single sentence, my legislation, the ‘Cancel the Sequester Act,’ would immediately undo the senseless damage Congress has brought on the public. Cuts to essential healthcare research, like the trials being conducted at Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State, reveal how such short-sighted austerity measures are directly damaging to people’s lives. In celebrating these grant awards, I hope that they serve as a reminder to my colleagues in Congress of what is at stake if we allow these senseless across-the-board cuts to continue.”