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UMMS ranked among the top public medical schools in the Northeast, according to the Blue Ridge Institute report. In particular, the institution placed highly in basic science research funding, ranking 10th in biochemistry and 20th in genetics.
January 27, 2017

UMass Medical School ranks in top 25 percent of medical schools in NIH funding

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UMass Medical School ranked 29th out of 139 U.S. medical schools in National Institutes of Health funding, according to the 2016 report from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

UMMS received more than $143 million in NIH funding between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2016, placing it among the top public medical schools in the Northeast, according to the Blue Ridge Institute report. In particular, UMMS placed highly in basic science research funding, ranking 10th in biochemistry and 20th in genetics. It also ranked fifth among clinical departments of emergency medicine, with $2.8 million in NIH funds. Meanwhile, the school’s Department of Medicine totaled $29.1 million in NIH awards. Overall research funding at UMMS is $288 million.

“The biomedical research enterprise at UMass Medical School fuels significant scientific discoveries in our labs that translate into improved patient outcomes, as well as tremendous economic growth for our region and Massachusetts as a whole,” said Chancellor Michael F. Collins. “Every dollar of funds we secure from the NIH spurs $2.30 of economic development.”

According to the Blue Ridge report, NIH funding increased by more than $19 million at UMMS over the last year.

“In an increasingly competitive environment for federal funding, our faculty have had tremendous success in being funded for their important and innovative work,” said Terence R. Flotte, MD, the Celia and Isaac Haidak Professor of Medical Education, executive deputy chancellor, provost, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of pediatrics. “Our recent gains speak to our innovative scientists, a highly collaborative environment and a solid infrastructure that supports the research enterprise.”

A nonprofit medical research institute, Blue Ridge explores the interfaces of fundamental biological science, clinical science and clinical care with a special emphasis on targeted cancer therapy. Each year the institute tabulates and ranks, by medical school department, NIH awards obtained from the publicly available Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) from the National Institutes of Health website.

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