(Philadelphia, PA) - According to figures released
by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University
of Pennsylvania School of Medicine ranks 2nd in the nation
in terms of total research awards to academic medical schools in
the United States. For Fiscal Year 2005, Penn received 924 total
awards - including research and training grants - worth more than
$399 million. This total represents a 1.4% 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 NIH rankings remain a testimony to our continuing efforts
to maintain research 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 awards help us to expand our excellent 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. Penn’s School of Medicine remains at the forefront of
rapidly and safely translating basic-science discoveries into effective
therapies and treatments for patients.
In terms of total NIH research and training awards in Fiscal Year
2005, 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 School of Medicine and
Washington University School of Medicine, respectively.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 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 Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 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.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals,
all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital
of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's
first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice
plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite
facilities; and home care and hospice.