Children’s Hospital gets economic-stimulus money

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.