Sen. Klobuchar stops in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, DFL-Minnesota, made the rounds in Minnesota Tuesday.

She began the day by touring EcoLab in Eagan before checking out the Malt-O-Meal facility in Northfield. The final stop of her tour took place in Rochester.

She stopped at the University of Minnesota Rochester to meet with the Mayo Clinic. There they talked about the impacts of medical research funding cuts due to sequestration.

She was joined by people who have been personally impacted by Alzheimer’s.

The cuts are said to result in over $1.5 billion in cuts to funding for the National Institutes of Health, a major source of funds for Mayo’s Alzheimer’s research.

“If we are able to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by just five years, not cure it completely, but delay the onset, we would be able to cut the government spending on Alzheimer’s care by almost half,” Klobuchar said.

Dr. Ronald Petersen, Director of Mayo’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, said in order to do the research they do for Alzheimer’s, it is vital that they get the funding from the NIH.

Klobuchar said this type of funding is not something that takes money and does not give it back. She said something like this is where American dollars should be invested.

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