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March 2, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

KU School of Pharmacy ranks high again among elite schools in NIH funding

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy ranked third among the nation's elite programs in fiscal year 2004 for securing funding from the prestigious National Institutes of Health.

KU's pharmacy school received more than $13 million in NIH funding, according to an analysis of FY2004 data. The school has been in the top five in NIH funding six of the past seven years.

The University of California-San Francisco was ranked first, and the University of Utah was ranked second. The list ranked 64 schools and colleges of pharmacy nationwide.

"I have to give the credit to our faculty, who have consistently maintained our high ranking year after year, through their research," said Kenneth L. Audus, dean of the KU School of Pharmacy. "Their work is the cornerstone of our success."

KU ranked higher than five other Big 12 Conference universities with pharmacy programs. They were the University of Colorado (10th); the University of Texas at Austin (19th); the University of Nebraska (36th); Texas Tech University (38th); and the University of Oklahoma (53rd).

"It is always great news to know that the KU School of Pharmacy is one of the nation's best," said Jim Roberts, vice provost for research and president of the KU Center for Research. "Dean Audus and the faculty have done outstanding work."

A research project that was renewed in FY2004 involves the work of Eli Michaelis, professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology. Michaelis has collaborated with multiple departments within the School of Pharmacy and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to determine how oxidants may play a role in the process of aging.

Since FY1995 the project has received continuous NIH funding of nearly $9 million.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy compiled the statistics used for the rankings.

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