December 21, 2009

CARDIN ANNOUNCES FINAL PASSAGE OF FUNDING TO SAVE LIVES ON THE BATTLEFIELD AND RESTORE MOVEMENT FOR THOSE WITH SPINAL CORD INJURIES

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced that the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 passed by the Senate today by a vote of 88-10includes funding for two of his requests that will help save the lives of soldiers suffering from severe blood loss and that will fund a new, innovative therapy to help patients who are paralyzed due to spinal cord injuries. The bill now goes to the President for his signature.
 
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 includes $2.4 million for STB Lifesaving Technologies in Rockville to develop the Fibrin Adhesive Stat (FAST) Dressing. This new bandage is designed to be effective against all kinds of blood loss, including severe arterial and venous bleeding. The funding will make it possible for additional clinical trials and final Federal Drug Administration (FDA) testing and documentation.
 
The Department of Defense Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2010 also includes $1.6 million for the Kennedy-Krieger Institute's advanced restoration therapies in spinal cord injury. The funding will enable the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at the Baltimore-based Kennedy-Krieger Institute to continue to develop an innovative therapy technique that stimulates normal movements, a practice that can help regenerate cells and help patients' bodies "remember" how to move. 
 
"Maryland is home to some of the most advanced scientific , medical developments that can help save lives and restore function to others," said Senator Cardin. "I am extremely pleased that we have procured funding for two projects that I believe will save the lives of soldiers on the battlefield and that will help restore movement for those who are paralyzed because of spinal cord injuries."