Diseases and Medical Research

I am a strong supporter of medical research.   Chronic diseases like cancer, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease affect 1 out of every 2 adults and kill nearly 2 million Americans every year.   Funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Defense provides the possibility of medical breakthroughs in the detection, treatment and ultimately cures for diseases that are creating so many hardships for individuals and families – and that cost our nation enormously in high medical costs and lost productivity. 

I have joined with my colleagues to urge that we provide at least $32 billion in funding for NIH in FY2013, which will give us the opportunity to continue research into diseases from Alzheimers and AIDS to vision care and women’s health.


More on Diseases and Medical Research

October 10, 2020 Video

In my weekly constituent update, I discuss President Trump's COVID-19 treatment, the latest on stimulus relief and details on voting in Chicago and Suburban Cook County.

October 9, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus Providers and Clinics Task Force, reacted to news that President Trump is receiving treatments for his COVID-19 infection that have been made possible with the use of fetal stem cells. Recently, Schakowsky was joined by Congressman Mark Pocan and U.S.

October 2, 2020 Video

Here's my weekly video update for my constituents. I address President Trump's COVID diagnosis, the latest Coronavirus numbers, votes by the House to condemn QAnon and the forced sterilization of women in ICE custody, and other updates.

August 31, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON— Today, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Senator Richard J. Durbin (D-IL), and other Democratic members of the Illinois delegation urged Illinois’ leading health insurers to provide financial relief to Illinois individuals, families, and small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) joined fellow Representatives Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Lloyd Doggett (TX-35), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Lois Frankel (FL-21), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Katie Porter (CA-45), Donna E. Shalala (FL-27), Katherine Clark (MA-05), Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), and Kim Schrier, M.D. (WA-08) in sending a letter to Vice President Mike Pence demanding details on the administration’s plan to develop, manufacture, produce, and distribute a coronavirus vaccine.