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Wake Forest University School of Medicine Ranks 35th in NIH Funding

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –Wake Forest University School of Medicine ranked 35th among 123 American medical schools in grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to recently released rankings for the federal fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2005. (cq)

The school’s NIH support totaled $122,685,142. (The school received nearly $190 million from all sources during the Wake Forest fiscal year that ended June 30.)

The Department of Public Health Sciences ranked second in the nation among similar departments, and the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology ranked fifth.

Other School of Medicine departments in the top 25 of similar departments nationally include Anesthesia, 13th, Cancer Biology, 15th, Family Medicine, 17th, Radiologic Sciences, 22nd, and Surgical Sciences, 23rd.

“Given our small size relative to other academic medical centers, our high ranking and the outstanding performance of our departments underscores the growing national and international reputation of our medical school and its faculty members,” said Sally A. Shumaker, Ph.D., associate dean for research. “It is a privilege to work with so many dedicated colleagues, and to have the support of our community as we continue to grow the biomedical scientific enterprise within Winston-Salem.”

She added, “We know that the almost 190 million total research dollars brought into this region, through the efforts of medical school faculty, often in partnership with the community, will have a positive impact on our economy. While sustaining this progress within the current national budget constraints won’t be easy, I am confident our scientists will continue to work hard and creatively to meet the challenge.”

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Media Contacts: Robert Conn, rconn@wfubmc.edu, Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu, or Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, at 336-716-4587.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest University School of Medicine 23rd in primary care, 40th in research and 12th in geriatrics training among the nation's medical schools. More than 100 medical school faculty members are listed in Best Doctors in America.

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