The role of any research institution and especially The Johns Hopkins University is to stretch the human mind in a way that uses our best ideas to advance social progress and scientific understanding for the betterment of the world around us. Thanks to more than $150 million in federal funding provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Johns Hopkins is meeting that goal and creating jobs in the process with its stimulus-funded investigations. Our research projects include efforts to find a more effective and less costly way to protect heart failure patients from sudden cardiac death, and the successful development of a national registry for domino kidney transplants that could lead to a giant leap in the number of those surgeries performed in the United States in a year, each with the potential to save thousands if not millions of lives. At Johns Hopkins, stimulus dollars are providing a look at the mysteries of the human Approximate Number System to determine how it changes from infancy through adulthood to the impact that number sense acuity has on later success or failure in academic and higher order mathematics. And there are investigations into ways to more effectively deliver cancer drugs, combat such debilitating conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, progeria and schizophrenia, and treat those suffering or recovering from substance abuse. Through these investigations, the university has answered the federal government’s call to help stimulate the economy in a way that is unique to Johns Hopkins and its mission to create knowledge for the world.
(as of 9/29/10)
|Total Funding||$222 M|
NOTE: These figures do not include jobs saved when existing grants ended, and do not count faculty and grad student positions supported by ARRA grants.
Paula Pitha-Rowe, Professor of Oncology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics at the School of Medicine, and her team have developed a unique knock-out mouse model which will be a valuable resource for testing drugs that slow the progression of lupus and other diseases. With a $38,000 ARRA supplement, Pitha-Rowe was able to extend the employment of two graduate students working in her laboratory.
Jin U. Kang is building a tool to help brain surgeons locate and get a clear look at cancerous tissue. In some cases, Kang says, this device could eliminate the need to cut into the brain for a traditional biopsy, a procedure that can pose risks to the patient. He was awarded $450,000 in federal stimulus package funds to develop the technology for this new high-tech surgical instrument.
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