Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Announces more than $1,200,000 in Federal Grant Awards Bound for Medical Research in Memphis

March 9, 2018
Press Release
Funds will be dispersed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Healthchart LLC

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) announced today that the Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has awarded research grants totaling more than one million dollars to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and Healthchart LLC, a Memphis firm that manufactures diagnostic medical equipment.

“I am proud of the important medical research taking place in Memphis,” said Congressman Cohen. “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center are leading institutions for the study of medicine and health care in the United States, and the entire country benefits from their work. Additionally, funding provided by the National Cancer Institute to Healthchart, a Memphis firm, will help to enable their team to develop advances in diagnostic technology that will improve our ability to combat cancer.”

HHS allocates millions of dollars for medical research each year through its various institutes and research centers. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital $856,730 for allergy, immunology and transplantation research. Diseases related to the immune system continue to affect millions of Americans, and this grant will support research that aims to create new treatments and vaccines in order to improve health care in the United States.

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is the recipient of a $76,000 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which will fund clinical research related to neurological disorders. With this grant, researchers will be able to gain a better understanding of diseases and illnesses affecting the nervous system and enhance treatment options.

Healthchart LLC has been awarded $299,397 from the National Cancer Institute for cancer detection and diagnosis research. This grant program is designed to allow small businesses to collaborate directly with research institutions in order to drive medical advances, and Healthchart LLC will use the funding to work to develop improvements in diagnostic technologies for cancer.

On February 2, 2018, Congressman Cohen announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had awarded $202,039 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for medical research. With these additional grants, more than two million dollars in federal grants has been awarded in 2018 to support medical research in Memphis.

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