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NIH Support of OSU Biomedical Research Continues Upward Trend

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The latest funding report from the National Institutes of Health demonstrates that Ohio State University Medical Center has earned double-digit percentage increases in support from the federal agency for two years in a row and doubled its annual NIH funding in the past six years.

In all, OSU Medical Center received $86 million in fiscal year 2005 from the NIH, up 12 percent from the previous year’s $77 million, which represented a nearly 13 percent jump over the $68 million in NIH funding in FY 2003. The Medical Center’s NIH research funding has fully doubled since 1999, when Ohio State biomedical researchers received $42 million.

“This consistent upward trend in NIH funding is the result of strategic planning to commit resources into the research enterprise and especially to recruit and retain our most talented scientists,” said Dr. Fred Sanfilippo, senior vice president and executive dean for health sciences and CEO of OSU Medical Center. “We are making these gains in funding at a time when the competition is particularly fierce for federal support. A 12 percent increase during a period when the NIH had only a 3 percent budgetary increase says a lot about the excellence and productivity of our faculty.”

The fiscal year for the NIH, the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research, is recorded from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30; the latest figures represent funding received through September of last year. OSU Medical Center now ranks 45th among the 123 medical schools ranked, up from 52nd place the previous year.

“The important story behind these numbers is that more financial support means more opportunities for discovery that can be translated into improved patient care,” said Dr. Caroline Whitacre, OSU Medical Center’s associate vice president and vice dean for research.

Among individual disciplines, OSU’s department of neurological surgery ranked 16th in the country of 44 departments funded, receiving $1.3 million in FY05, a year that began just months after the department was established. Surgery ranked 24th of 88 programs funded, receiving nearly $4 million. Ohio State’s top earner was the department of internal medicine, receiving $40 million and ranking 30th among 112 programs funded. Research in microbiology, immunology and virology ranked in the top quartile, 22nd among 99 programs funded, earning $12 million.

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