At NIH, Penn Ranks High

On the basis of 1994-95 awards, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has ranked the University of Pennsylvania Health System as the fifth leading academic medical center in the country in terms of overall research funding--and first in the nation by several measures.

The overall ranking at fifth is based on Penn's receipt of NIH research awards totaling $140.5 million last year. Johns Hopkins University received the largest amount of research funding in the country, followed by the UC San Francisco, Yale, and Washington University.

In a breakdown by department, Penn received the highest level of funding in the nation for the basic science areas of Biochemistry/Biophysics (including Cell and Developmental Biology) and Physiology, and for clinical research in Radiology/Radiation Oncology. Penn also ranked first in the nation for NIH Training Grants.

Locally, Penn has been awarded more NIH funding than all Delaware Valley academic health centers combined.

"To be ranked in the top five for NIH research is quite an accomplishment," said Dean of Medicine William N. Kelley, CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. "Our faculty and staff should be proud of this achievement. More important, however, is that our patients benefit from the cutting-edge research undertaken at our medical center. The NIH-funded research helps us to provide our patients with the safest and most effective treatment available anywhere."

In addition to being ranked fifth, Penn has the highest annual growth rate for NIH funding among the top ten institutions, having increased 11.4% in FY 1994-1995.

-- From a PennHealth News Release


April 2, 1996
Volume 42 Number 26

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