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Children’s Hospital gets economic-stimulus money

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009 at 11:08 am in Barbara Lee, Oakland, U.S. House.

Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a biomedical research project, Rep. Barbara Lee announced today.

Lee, D-Oakland, said the institution will get $240,000 in economic-stimulus money from HHS to fund a proposal to test a new genetically-influenced mechanism that can contribute to differences in how patients respond to certain drugs. This research’s results could help doctors better identify who’ll benefit most from using statins — a class of drugs that lower cholesterol levels in people with or at risk of cardiovascular disease — and develop new strategies for boosting those drugs’ effectiveness.

“The work that is being done in this area is of extreme importance,” Lee said in her news release. “I am pleased that Children’s Hospital will receive funding for this project. It is my hope that the test will yield the type of results that will enhance the treatment of cardiovascular-related conditions.”

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