NIH Ranking Shows UC in Good Standing
Published October 2006
UC’s environmental health department is once again ranked among the top 10 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. And the department’s $13 million in NIH grants places them first compared with all public medical school environmental health departments.
This No. 1 ranking was fueled by several large grants, including a $1.7 million National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences grant to professor Carol Rice, PhD, for a worker health and safety project.
Many existing grants—like a $3.2 million grant to study familial intracranial aneurysm, awarded to a team including professor Ranjan Deka, PhD—also contributed to environmental health’s climb.
“Environmental health’s success is a true testament to the caliber of faculty in that department,” says David Stern, MD, dean of the College of Medicine. “Their work is recognized nationwide in journals and at scientific meetings, and their research provides us with very important data on disease.
“Collaborations between faculty in environmental health and our various clinical departments make science truly translatable to patient care,” Stern says. “That kind of ‘bench to bedside’ research is really the future of medicine and is exactly what we’re trying to do more of here at UC.”
Departments with a strong neuroscience focus—neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and the department of cell and cancer
biology all moved up in the rankings for 2005. Physical medicine and rehabilitation, not previously ranked but known for its strength in stroke rehabilitation, came in at No. 18.
“The neurosciences are such a strong area for UC, and these rankings reinforce that,” says Stern.
“Specifically, work related to stroke at the basic science and clinical levels— in prevention, treatment and rehabilitation—has contributed to the success of the programs here on the Academic Health Center campus and has changed the way stroke patients are cared for not only here in Cincinnati, but also around the world.”
Seven other departments maintained or improved their ranking for 2005. They include obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, dermatology, otolaryngology, physiology, pediatrics and anesthiology.
The majority of research dollars to UC’s pediatric faculty is directed to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. Cincinnati Children’s was ranked No. 2 among pediatric hospitals nationwide for NIH funding.