UMMS Rises in the Ranks among the Nation's Medical Schools in Funding from the National Institutes of Health

February 18, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) rose one notch to rank 40th among the nation's medical schools in attracting extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With a mission to protect and improve human health, the NIH conducts and supports basic, applied, and clinical and health services research to understand the processes underlying human health and to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, diagnose, and treat human diseases and disabilities.

NIH grants and contract awards grew at UMMS to more than $60 million in FY '99, up approximately 15% from the FY'98 total of $52 million; over the last decade, this figure has more than doubled, from $29 million in FY '89. In addition to its ranking nationwide, UMMS maintained its position of second among public medical colleges in the Northeast in its receipt of NIH funding.

"Key to our dramatic progression in the ranks has been our ability to attract and retain outstanding national and international researchers-researchers who in turn attract such funding for their work," said Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare. "With a continued commitment to quality academic and clinical research, and plans to grow our research endeavor through such efforts as construction of a 360,000-square-foot research laboratory building, we hope and expect to continue this trend into the new millennium."

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, attracting more than $93 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research, clinical care and public service.

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