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Release: Feb. 26, 2001

UI College of Medicine/ College of Public Health Research Enterprise 10th among public medical schools in NIH awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Medicine/College of Public Health Research Enterprise received $105 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) support during fiscal year 2000, placing ninth nationally among public medical schools and 26th among public and private medical research institutions that receive NIH funding.

The tenth-place standing, based on NIH awards during the federal fiscal year that ended last Sept. 30, keeps the UI 10th among public medical schools in federal fiscal year 1999, when the university garnered $91.9 million in NIH support. Since the 1996 federal fiscal year, NIH funding to the UI has increased by more than 60 percent.

For the second year in a row, the UI ranked second in NIH funding among Big Ten universities, behind the University of Michigan Medical School.

"This remarkable accomplishment is an indication of both the world-class quality of researchers in the College of Medicine and College of Public Health, and the outstanding leadership at the colleges," said David J. Skorton, M.D., UI Vice President for Research.

"Funding for research, from both public and private sources, has grown from $100 million in 1994 to an estimated $180 million in the current year, a 78 percent increase," said College of Medicine Dean Robert P. Kelch, M.D. "Investigators continue to do an outstanding job of securing extramural support for their research efforts, which will lead to new discoveries and better medical treatments for Iowans and the nation."

"This very significant increase in NIH funding reflects the extraordinary productivity in prevention research by the faculty of the new College of Public Health, and the power of collaboration of medical and public health research," said James A. Merchant, M.D., Dr.P.H., Dean of the College of Public Health.

Kelch noted that research growth brings a need for additional research laboratories and support facilities. The first phase of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility

(MEBRF), begun in early 1999, will be completed by the end of year. Kelch and UI officials presented plans for the second phase of the project at last Thursday's meeting of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in Ames. The $40 million second phase of MEBRF, expected to be ready in 2005,will add 127,000 square feet of research and office space.

"In order to sustain the growth and quality of our research programs, we must assure that additional research space is available by the middle of the decade," Kelch said.

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