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UM Miller School of Medicine Records Large Growth in Research Funding

3/16/2010

The research enterprise at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has reached a new milestone in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Propelled in large part by stimulus grants, the Miller School has moved into the top third of all U.S. medical schools that receive money from the NIH, gaining major market share relative to other U.S. medical schools.

During fiscal year 2009, which ended on September 30, 2009, the Miller School received a total of $122.8 million in NIH funding to move from No. 43 to No. 41, ahead of the Ohio State University, the University of California-Davis, and Ivy League Dartmouth, according to preliminary data just released by the NIH. Of that figure, $25.9 million came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding of the NIH, designed to stimulate the economy. The Miller School ranked No. 32 out of 123 medical schools in the amount of stimulus funding received.

Of Florida medical schools, the Miller School is way ahead in NIH funding; the next medical school is the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, which ranks No. 52.

“The Miller School of Medicine continues to show tremendous growth in its research portfolio,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School. “When you consider the Miller School ranked No. 52 four years ago, our rate of growth is nothing short of extraordinary. Even more remarkable is the quality of the work that these NIH grants support. Our scientists are clearly at the cutting edge of their fields, from basic discoveries in biology to novel ways to deal with humans’ most challenging illnesses. We are definitely on the map!”

“Our growth in funding from the NIH, the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting biomedical research in this country, is a testament to the commitment of Miller School faculty and its leadership to moving science forward,” said Richard Bookman, Ph.D., executive dean for research and research training at the Miller School and vice provost for research at the University of Miami.