Sen. Dick Durbin received the Research!America's 2011 Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy. The award recognized his commitment to research throughout his three terms in the U.S. Senate and eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Durbin was honored March 15 at the 15th Annual Research!America Advocacy Awards event at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Durbin worked to include provisions to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that supported health research and prevention. The law also authorizes his Congenital Heart Futures Act to increase awareness, education and research.
He also co-sponsored an amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that secured $10 billion in additional funding for the National Institutes of Health in 2009.