Illinois Awards Grants
The $10 million in stem cells research funding, including embryonic stem cell research, which Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich used an executive order to authorize, has been distributed in the form of 10 grants to 7 institutions. The Chicago Sun-Times
reports the recipients as follows:
*Children's Memorial Research Center (one grant): $2 million to fund stem cell research in cancer, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and brain injuries
*University of Illinois at Chicago (two grants): $2.8 million to study strokes, blood disorders, lung diseases and heart repair.
*Northwestern University (two grants): $1.4 million to study replacement blood vessels and stem cell development.
*Loyola University (one grant): $1.4 million to study leukemia and other blood cancers.
*University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (two grants): $841,000 to study muscular dystrophy and bone and soft tissue defects.
*Hines VA Hospital (one grant): $800,000 to study strokes.
*University of Chicago (one grant): $473,000 to study stem cell function
Much of the article focuses on the political issue, which has a lot to do with Blagojevich’s method of avoiding legislative control. His Republican opponent in the gubernatorial race also supports embryonic stem cell research, although she said it should have been approved by the legislature.
There is a related AP story in the Chicago Tribune
. It also includes discussion of other political issues related to the election.
There was potentially going to be an appeal in the recent lawsuit seeking an injunction against the governor; I assume this is not going forward at this point. If it does, what happens to the allocated money?