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Feb. 13, 2006
Contact: Kenneth Audus, professor and dean in the School of Pharmacy, (785) 864-3591.

KU pharmacy school ranks third in nation in NIH funding, increases funding by $3M

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy ranks third among the nation’s best schools for securing funding from the prestigious National Institutes of Health, according to a recent study.

KU’s pharmacy school secured more than $16 million in NIH research funding in fiscal year 2005, according to data compiled by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. That amount represents an increase of more than $3 million from the previous year, when the school garnered just over $13 million.

The NIH is the primary source of federal funding for the nation’s pharmacy schools. NIH support is considered an important validation of a pharmacy school’s national reputation.

KU moved within $100,000 of second place, held by the University of Utah. The University of California-San Francisco again ranked No. 1. The University of Washington and University of Illinois at Chicago rounded out the top five. The only other Big 12 university in the top 25 was the University of Colorado at ninth.

“KU has been prominent in NIH research funding for more than a decade, one of the strongest indicators of our nationally distinguished faculty,” said Kenneth Audus, professor and dean in the School of Pharmacy.

“Our established investigators remain very active, and we also have newer faculty who are securing grants. It’s a combination of new and established investigators’ success and extending research collaborations with other programs on this campus.”

KU has been in the top five for five consecutive years and in the top 10 since 1995.

Jim Roberts, vice provost for research, hailed the ratings.

“This ranking is a strong indicator of what really good faculty can do when they have facilities, support and excellent students,” said Roberts. “Grants provide an opportunity for students to learn from faculty while they work together on projects that improve human health and safety.”

Roberts noted that KU receives about 85 percent of all NIH awards in Kansas.

Audus said continued success in the ratings has many benefits for KU, including faculty and student recruitment and retention.

“Our reputation is enhanced by the rankings. It also helps with faculty and student recruitment and gives the school an attractive profile for potential research collaborators. Our alumni are also able to see that their contributions help make a difference,” Audus said.

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