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Shutdown puts URMC grant requests on hold

Rochester, N.Y. - If the shutdown drags on, it might impact your health.

Several government health agencies have gone dormant putting all grant requests into a holding pattern.

Those requests come in from across the country, including the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Stephen Dewhurst, URMCs vice dean of research, says all ongoing projects havent been stopped or slowed, but their proposals are now going unreviewed.

Where thats consequential is theres a real delay in new research being initiated and new ideas getting started, Dewhurst said.

Dewhurst says if the shutdown ended tomorrow the backlog would be minimal, but if lawmakers dont fund the government for, say, weeks, he claims the repercussions could take the form of job loss and missed opportunities.

I think most of us would feel more comfortable knowing we can develop new treatments and cures for drug-resistant bugs that might harm us or harm loved ones, he said.

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Washington Times