Research Day: Those Who Made Penn #2 in NIH Funds

In lunchtime program on May 13, the faculty of the School of Medicine will be saluted by Dean William Kelley, along with the School's Senior Vice Dean, Dr. Richard L. Tannen, and the Vice Dean for Research and Research Training, for their achievement in raising Penn's rank in NIH funding to second in the nation.

According to new figures from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine now ranks second among academic medical centers in the United States. The new ranking, based on total research and training awards of $201 million in fiscal year 1998, is a move up from the institution's third-place standing in fiscal year 1997 with $175 million in grants. In fiscal year 1996, Penn ranked fifth with $149 million in support. The NIH is the primary funder of biomedical research and training in the nation.

Penn also continued to maintain the largest absolute growth in funding for research and training among all 125 medical schools in the country since 1991. And locally, PennMed received more funding from the NIH than all other Delaware Valley medical schools combined.

"World-class research and training programs are among the reasons our faculty and staff are consistently able to provide the highest level of teaching and patient care in the region," said Dean William N. Kelley."The move to second in the country in NIH funding means we will not be complacent but will continue to define tomorrow's medicine."

Penn also had more individual departments--twelve--ranked in the top five than any other leading academic medical center. Radiology (departments of Radiology and Radiation Oncology combined) maintained its top ranking. Obstetrics/Gynecology moved to first in the nation, up from its second place standing last year. Physiology also moved from second to first. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine sustained its number two position, as did Psychiatry and Pediatrics. The other departments in the top five are Biochemistry and Biophysics, Dermatology, Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Rehabilitation Medicine.

In terms of total NIH research and training awards in fiscal year 1998, the top institution 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, Yale University School of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Columbia, and the University of Michigan Medical School.

Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 32, May 11, 1999


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