For the second year in a row, the Department of Pediatrics has ranked in the top 20 for total National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards among medical school pediatric departments nationwide.
The trend continues the department’s steady uptick in research funding and total research dollars awarded. For example, in FY06, the department ranked 44th in total NIH awards to medical school pediatric departments, with $3.8 million in funding for 13 awards.
Steady increases over the last decade, despite a tighter NIH funding climate and the downturn in the economy, led to rankings in the top 30. The department cracked the top 20 in FY15—for a ranking of 18th—with $13.1 million in funding for 29 awards. In FY16, it remained in the top 20, with a ranking of 19th and $14.1 million in funding for 28 awards.
These improvements directly reflect the department’s strong commitment to research and the success of pediatric investigators, both new and seasoned.
Notable NIH awards in 2016 include:
- Dr. Peter Ferrazzano’s first R01, a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. His project uses magnetic resonance imaging to identify brain network injuries that may predict specific neurocognitive deficits after traumatic brain injury, so clinicians may better determine appropriate therapy. (Read related story).
- Dr. Anna Huttenlocher’s five-year, $2.9 million Maximizing Investigators' Research Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Her project aims to understand how wound repair is orchestrated and integrated at both the single cell and multi-cellular level in the context of different types of tissue damage. (Read related story).
- Dr. James Gern’s two-year, $15 million grant from the Office of the Director of the NIH for Children’s Respiratory Research and Environment Workgroup (CREW). This national consortium of investigators from 12 asthma birth cohort studies will study how genetics interact with environmental exposures during the prenatal and early childhood years to cause specific subtypes of childhood asthma. (Read related story).
We anticipate our NIH ranking to keep heading upward as research dollars secured by departmental investigators continue to increase. Thanks to all of our investigators for their hard work to make the goal of being in the top 10 even more attainable.