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July 15, 2005 -- No. 317

UNC places 15th nationally in NIH research
grants; all health affairs units in top 20

CHAPEL HILL -- National Institutes of Health funding for research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill jumped almost 7 percent in fiscal 2004, according to new figures just released by the federal agency.

UNC faculty attracted $289.7 million in NIH funding – up from $271 million in 2003 – ranking 15th overall among U.S. private and public universities. Johns Hopkins University topped the list at $599.2 million. UNC is the top public university in the South and one of only six Southern universities, public or private, cited in the NIH’s top 20.

The NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal biomedical research arm of the federal government. NIH research institutes are fighting diseases including AIDS, alcoholism, arthritis, cancer, diabetes and stroke, as well as tackling health topics related to aging, women and children, drug abuse, the environment and rapidly emerging multidisciplinary fields such as genomics and proteomics.

"Across the board, our faculty in the health sciences continue to demonstrate that they are among the best in the nation," said Dr. Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and economic development at UNC. "Numbers like these are possible because a great many Carolina researchers are working very hard to improve people’s health."

The School of Medicine received the vast majority of UNC’s NIH funds ($212.9 million) for fiscal 2004, ranking 17th nationally – close to a $14 million increase in funding from fiscal 2003 to 2004.

"We are delighted by this evidence of the success of the faculty of the UNC School of Medicine," said Dr. William L. Roper, dean of the School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System.

"This is major progress toward our vision to be the nation’s leading public medical school."

All five of UNC’s health affairs schools – dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health – ranked within the top 20 of public and private institutions, according to the NIH.

Following are the NIH totals for all five schools:

- The School of Medicine received $212.9 million, ranking 17th nationally.

- The School of Public Health received $35.9 million, sixth nationally.

- The School of Nursing received $8.1 million, fourth nationally.

- The School of Dentistry received $7.4 million, eighth nationally.

- The School of Pharmacy received $5 million, ranking 17th nationally.

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