Conyers Statement on Wayne State University Winning Competition for Perinatology Research Branch
(WASHINGTON)– Yesterday, Wayne State University (WSU) officials announced that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Wayne State a second 10-year contract to continue housing the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB). Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) issued this statement in response to the announcement:
U.S. Representaive John Conyers, Jr.
“Congratulations to Wayne State University on being awarded a $165.9 million contract by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health to continue to house the Perinatology Research Branch at Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit,” said Conyers.
“Wayne State University is a precious jewel in the city of Detroit and we are proud of its accomplishments and trailblazing efforts that have provided groundbreaking clinical research and medical care to women and their families.
“The Perinatology Research Branch was created by an act of Congress to address pregnancy complications, including the prevention of preterm birth, the diagnosis of congenital anomalies, preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and other complications arising from pregnancy. In 2002, NIH awarded its first contract to WSU to house and support the PRB. As a result, the PRB facilitated the treatment of 20,000 uninsured pregnant women and contributed $350 million to the Michigan economy, creating 300 biotech jobs.
“Sadly, Michigan has one of the highest rates of premature births, but I am encouraged that we will address this issue over the next decade as the PRB, under the leadership of WSU, continues to lead the fight against pre-term births.”