IU Med School Hits Record NIH Funding

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(image courtesy of the IU School of Medicine) (image courtesy of the IU School of Medicine)
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Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine received a record amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health in 2018. The school says nearly $150 million was awarded, marking a 10 percent increase over the previous year.

IU says the funding levels helped maintain the university's place among the top 33 NIH-funded medical schools in the U.S. The school has grown its NIH research funding by more than 54 percent over the past five years.

"The continued upward trend we’ve seen in our NIH and other research funding reflects the caliber of our faculty and the quality and impact of their research," Jay Hess, dean of IU School of Medicine and executive vice president for university clinical affairs at IU, said in a news release. "Building on our expertise in areas like neuroscience, cancer and children’s health, our researchers are advancing discoveries that improve health in Indiana and around the world."

Some of the larger NIH grants awarded in 2018 include a $45 million grant for a five-year national research study on a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, as well as a $33 million grant for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute to accelerate research from basic science to patient care.

“We are proud to have one of the best medical research schools in the country right here in Indiana, where our faculty are successfully competing for research funding along with the top researchers in the nation,” said Anantha Shekhar, executive associate dean for research affairs at IU School of Medicine and associate vice president of research for university clinical affairs at IU. “This helps us in achieving our ultimate goal of speeding scientific discoveries that benefit Hoosiers and patients worldwide.”

The IU School of Medicine says it received more than $350 million in research funding from all sources in calendar year 2018, up from $316 million in 2017.

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