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March 22, 2002

The Penn School Of Medicine Receives Record $327 Million from NIH in FY 2001

(Philadelphia, PA) - According to newly released figures from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ranks second in the total monetary value of grants among academic medical centers in the United States. The NIH is the primary funder of biomedical research and training in the nation, and their annual rankings are considered an important barometer of research strength. In the 2001 fiscal year, Penn received 918 research and training grants worth approximately $327 million, up by $57 million from the previous year - a 21% increase.

"Our position on the NIH rankings should stand as further testimony to Penn's national prominence," said Dr. Arthur H. Rubenstein, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Executive Vice President of Penn's Health System. "NIH awards translate directly into scientific research, physician training, and patient initiatives."

Penn also had more individual departments ranked in the top five than any other leading academic medical center. Radiology (departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology combined), Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Dermatology were ranked first. The other departments in the top five are Biochemistry and Biophysics, Genetics, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Physiology, and Psychiatry.

In terms of total NIH research and training awards in fiscal year 2001, the top recipient in the United States is Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, followed by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The remainder of the top ten, in rank order, are the University of California, San Francisco, Washington University School of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Michigan Medical School, University of California, Los Angeles, and Duke University School of Medicine. The complete list of rankings can be found at the NIH web site: www.nih.gov

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Editor's Note: Need an example of NIH funding at Penn? For information on a nationwide chronic renal insufficiency study led by Penn and funded by the NIH go to www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/jan02/KidneyDisease.html

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is distinguished not only by its historical significance - first hospital (1751), first medical school (1765), first university teaching hospital (1874), first fully integrated academic health system (1993) - but by its position as a major player on the world stage of medicine in the 21st century. Committed to a three-part mission of education, research, and clinical excellence.







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