Missouri senators seek more spinal cord researchers

Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 4:39 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — State senators are hoping that some extra money can spur more spinal cord research in Missouri.

Legislation passed Thursday by the Senate would increase the maximum size of spinal cord research grants offered by MU to $250,000 per year for each project. That's five times the current maximum.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, said the $50,000 grants aren't large enough for many researchers to start their projects.

The legislation increasing the size of the research grants now goes to the Missouri House.

Spinal cord research grants are funded by a $2 court fee charged on every criminal or infraction case. The fee has been in place since 2002.


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