VALHALLA, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, today announced that New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY, will receive $410,000 through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its research on heart and vascular diseases.

“New York Medical College’s critical research will advance our understanding of the health issues faced by low birth weight babies in their adult years,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “This funding will improve our understanding of cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease and stimulate the development of new treatments. I will continue my work as Chairwoman on the House Appropriations Committee to continue bringing these essential resources to the Lower Hudson Valley so institutions like New York Medical College can help Americans live longer, healthier lives.”

These federal funds will allow New York Medical College to document and define the driving factors such as oxidant and immune mechanisms that promote the progression of hypertension, cardio vascular and chronic kidney disease in adults who were low birth weight (LBW) babies.

“Recent advances in neonatal medicine have increased the population of LBW babies that are incredibly susceptible for development of hypertension, cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease for unknown reasons as they mature through adulthood,” said Principal Investigators of the project, Dr. Brian B Ratliff, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Physiology, and Dr. Michael S. Wolin, Professor of Physiology, both at New York Medical College. “This grant will allow us to identify new and improved therapeutic approaches that target the systems that drive the progression of hypertension, cardio vascular and chronic kidney disease.”

As Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey has fought to increase investments in medical research. Funding to National Institutes of Health has tripled since she joined the committee.