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Cancer Research


Over 100 years ago Western New York gave modern cancer research to the world through what would become the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Today our region continues to lead the way in medical and scientific research. As a Member of the House Cancer Caucus, Brian has been a steadfast supporter for cancer research, both for local researchers and for the nation’s cancer program generally. Brian has led efforts among his colleagues to increase funding for cancer research and is engaged with the cancer community on innovations that will alleviate suffering due to cancer and ultimately find a cure. Brian has introduced H.R. 1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, which would require health insurance companies to provide the same coverage for new, promising orally-administered anti-cancer medication as it does for traditional intravenous chemotherapy. 


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Jul 13, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo have been awarded $2,231,472 and $1,949,390 respectively. The federal funds were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and authorized for the National Institute of Health (NIH) to promote biomedical research and research training at more than 3,000 institutions in the fifty states and territories.
Jun 9, 2009 Press Release

Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) and a number of other members of the House Ways and Means Committee met with President Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House to discuss the future of health care in the United States.

In the coming weeks Congressman Higgins will be working with his colleagues to advance a plan to provide universal health care for Americans.  There are currently 47 million people in the U.S. who are uninsured.  In New York, 2.5 million are uninsured, 80% of which are working but simply can’t afford the cost of quality health care

Jun 1, 2009 Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo have been awarded $ 1,346,463 in grants made available through Recovery Act funding authorized for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

“Research dollars are essential in the development of today’s treatments that lead to tomorrow’s cures,” said Congressman Higgins.  “These grants provide a significant new investment into the cutting-edge activities happening every day by Roswell Park and UB at Buffalo’s Medical Campus.”

May 12, 2009 Press Release

Today, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) will introduce the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act, a bill to require health insurance coverage for intravenous/injectable and orally-administered cancer pills at the same rate.

May 1, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27), Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) President and CEO Dr. Donald Trump and WCA Hospital President and CEO Betsy Wright announced the launch of a joint radiation therapy program made available to residents in Chautauqua County and northern Pennsylvania with the help of a federal grant used to purchase new state-of-the-art conference equipment.
Apr 23, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced that the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) and Roswell Park Cancer Institute have been awarded over $2.2 million in Recovery Act funding for new research and technology initiatives in Western New York.
Apr 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined the American Cancer Society in issuing a “Road To Recovery Challenge.” The goal of the project is to recruit 50 new volunteer drivers for the American Cancer Society’s service program. “Road to Recovery” links patients in need of a ride to cancer treatments with volunteers willing to donate their time and the use of their car to provide free transportation.
Apr 3, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) voted in favor of a 2010 federal budget that serves as a long term economic plan that will get our economy working again and put us on a path towards renewed prosperity.
Mar 18, 2009 Press Release
At a hearing of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Congressman Brian Higgins advocated for Congress to authorize a Federal 2010 budget that doubles funding for cancer research, sending a clear message of America’s commitment to fighting this deadly disease.
Feb 27, 2009 Press Release
In a letter to President Obama, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) applauded the commitment made in the President’s address to the nation to ‘launch a new effort to conquer a disease that has touched the life of nearly every American by seeking a cure for cancer in our time’ and he encouraged the President to personally witness the great work happening at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus when he visits the Western New York Area.