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Release: April 2, 2002

UI College of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise climbs NIH rankings

Researchers in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Public Health continue to surpass previous marks in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Carver College of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise received $132.6 million in NIH support during federal fiscal year 2001 (which ended last Sept. 30), placing the UI 10th among public medical schools and 22nd among public and private medical schools that receive research funding from the NIH. The 22nd ranking among public and private medical schools pushed the UI up four spots from last year. In fiscal year 2000, the Research Enterprise garnered $105 million in NIH support.

"This increase in NIH support is a reflection of the continued professional growth of our junior and senior faculty, and a commitment by the university and the state to upgrade and expand our research facilities," said Robert P. Kelch, M.D., dean of the Carver College of Medicine and vice president for statewide health services. "Iowans should feel extremely proud of the University of Iowa for its standing as a leading major biomedical research institution."

One significant NIH award the Carver College of Medicine received during federal fiscal year 2001 was $2.1 million of a five-year, $10.7 million grant to the UI Cardiovascular Research Center for studies on the genetic basis of hypertension. The UI's Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) on the Molecular Genetics of Hypertension involves 15 faculty members from six departments with collaborators at nine other institutions across the country. Curt Sigmund, Ph.D., UI professor of internal medicine, and physiology and biophysics, directs the center.

Other major NIH research grants to the Carver College of Medicine during federal fiscal year 2001 included $1.7 million of a five-year, $9.8 million grant renewal for the UI Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center, which is directed by Bruce Gantz, M.D. UI professor and head of otolaryngology. UI neurology researchers, led by Antonio Damasio, M.D., UI professor and head of neurology, received $1.3 million of a five-year, $7.1 million grant renewal for ongoing research on the relationship between complex behavior and brain systems and structures in humans.

Major research awards in the UI College of Public Health during federal fiscal year 2001 included the State Health Registry of Iowa, which received more than $3.5 million from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program of the National Cancer Institute. The $3.5 million is part of a seven-year, $19.5 million award to the State Health Registry of Iowa that began in 1996 and will continue until 2003. The registry collects data on cancer incidence and survival for Iowa, supports research, and reports cancer information to the NCI. Charles F. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology, is medical director of the registry.

The Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, directed by Peter S. Thorne, Ph.D., UI professor of occupational and environmental health, received more than $1.3 million from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences of the NIH. The $1.3 million is part of a $14.4 million multi-year award that began in 1990 and will continue until 2004. The center supports research on rural environmental exposures and related injury and disease.

"These awards testify strongly to the talent and productivity of faculty researchers," said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., dean the UI College of Public Health. "Furthermore, the awards reflect our sustained commitment to help improve quality of life for all Iowans."