June 8, 2005
Penn’s School of Medicine
Ranked #2 in Nation
for NIH Research Awards
Record $393.6 Million Received; Up 9.4% from Prior
(Philadelphia, PA) - According to figures released
today from the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
ranks #2 in the nation in terms of total research awards
to academic medical schools in the United States. For
Fiscal Year 2004, Penn received 947 total awards --
including research and training grants -- worth more
than $393.6 million. This total represents a 9.4% increase
from the previous year. The NIH is the single largest
source of funding for biomedical research and training
in the nation, and their annual rankings are considered
an important barometer of research strength.
"The latest NIH rankings stand as yet another example
of our ongoing efforts to strive for excellence at Penn,"
said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Executive
Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for
the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine.
"These invaluable NIH awards help us to achieve
and maintain our extremely high standards for faculty
research and medical education -- which ultimately benefit
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is
one of the premier medical schools in the country, with
1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students. Penn researchers
have achieved many significant medical advances as a
direct result of NIH funding to support their work.
Indeed, Penn’s School of Medicine remains at the
forefront of rapidly and safely translating basic-science
discoveries into effective therapies and treatments
In terms of total NIH research and training awards in
Fiscal Year 2004, the top recipient in the United States
is Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed
by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
The number three- and four-ranked medical schools were
the University of California / San Francisco, and Washington
University School of Medicine, respectively.
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PENN Medicine is a $2.7 billion
enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical
education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient
care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania
School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation’s
first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania
Penn’s School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the
nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked
#4 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s
most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students,
the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its
superior education and training of the next generation
of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
Penn Health System is comprised of: its flagship hospital,
the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, consistently
rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll”
hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Pennsylvania
Hospital, the nation's first hospital; Presbyterian
Medical Center; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care
provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities;
and home health care and hospice.