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Release: Feb. 26, 2001
UI College of Medicine/ College of Public Health Research
Enterprise 10th among public medical schools in NIH awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College
of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise received $105 million
in National Institutes of Health (NIH) support during fiscal year 2000, placing
ninth nationally among public medical schools and 26th among public and private
medical research institutions that receive NIH funding.
The tenth-place standing, based on NIH awards during
the federal fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, keeps the UI 10th among
public medical schools in federal fiscal year 1999, when the university garnered
$91.9 million in NIH support. Since the 1996 federal fiscal year, NIH funding
to the UI has increased by more than 60 percent.
For the second year in a row, the UI ranked second
in NIH funding among Big Ten universities, behind the University of Michigan
"This remarkable accomplishment is an indication of
both the world-class quality of researchers in the College of Medicine and
College of Public Health, and the outstanding leadership at the colleges,"
said David J. Skorton, M.D., UI Vice President for Research.
"Funding for research, from both public and private
sources, has grown from $100 million in 1994 to an estimated $180 million
in the current year, a 78 percent increase," said College of Medicine Dean
Robert P. Kelch, M.D. "Investigators continue to do an outstanding job of
securing extramural support for their research efforts, which will lead to
new discoveries and better medical treatments for Iowans and the nation."
"This very significant increase in NIH funding reflects
the extraordinary productivity in prevention research by the faculty of the
new College of Public Health, and the power of collaboration of medical and
public health research," said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., Dean of the
College of Public Health.
Kelch noted that research growth brings a need for
additional research laboratories and support facilities. The first phase of
the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility
(MEBRF), begun in early 1999, will be completed by the
end of year. Kelch and UI officials presented plans for the second phase of
the project at last Thursday's meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa,
in Ames. The $40 million second phase of MEBRF, expected to be ready in 2005,will
add 127,000 square feet of research and office space.
"In order to sustain the growth and quality of our
research programs, we must assure that additional research space is available
by the middle of the decade," Kelch said.
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