KU News Release

April 4, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

KU ranks in top five in pharmacy research funding

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas continues to be a national leader in pharmacy research, as evidenced by new rankings that show the School of Pharmacy is fourth in the nation in National Institutes of Health funding.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy reported that KU received more than $18,400,000 in NIH research funding in fiscal year 2010. The NIH is the primary source of federal funding for schools of pharmacy. Support is considered an important part of a pharmacy school’s national reputation.

KU is the only Big 12 institution in the top 10. The University of Texas-Austin and the University of Colorado rank 13th and 14th, respectively. The University of California-San Francisco was ranked at the top of the list. Ken Audus, dean of the School of Pharmacy, said the numbers are a validation of the hard work and cutting-edge research the school’s faculty do year round.

“Although NIH funding rises and falls over time, the KU pharmacy faculty’s continued success when funding rates are down around 10 percent is purely remarkable and a tribute to their cutting-edge creativity and persistence,” Audus said. “That’s why we remain among the top five programs year after year.”

The School of Pharmacy also ranked in the top 10 for percentage of full-time faculty members who receive NIH grant funding. Forty-five percent of KU’s 40 pharmacy professors received funding in fiscal year 2010. Faculty members are maximizing the grants they earn as well, as the school ranked fifth in amount of funding per professor, at more than $489,000.

KU is regularly near the top of the NIH funding rankings. This marks the 10th consecutive year the school has been ranked in the top five; it has been in the top 10 every year since 1995.

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy rankings are not the only measure of success the School of Pharmacy has had in recent years. In August, the school opened a new 110,000-square-foot facility on the Lawrence campus, and an expansion of the program at the School of Medicine-Wichita will open soon. The expansions allow KU to greatly increase the number of pharmacy students it enrolls each year, which will in turn result in more pharmacists to serve the state of Kansas.

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