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U nets significant federal funding for medical research

The University’s Medical School secured more than $141 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding in 2010, according to new rankings released by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, a firm that compiles NIH rankings each year.

This funding helps ensure that University researchers can develop and deliver the latest treatments and cures to patients. “NIH funding is one of the most critical ways for our researchers to complete specific, targeted work within their fields,” says Aaron Friedman, M.D. , the University’s vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School.

The Medical School ranked 29th in the country for NIH funding — bringing in 60 percent more than the national average of $87,775,306. In addition, three University departments ranked in the top 10 of their respective fields: the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (2); the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (4); and the Department of Neuroscience (9). Ten others were ranked in the top 25.

There is a direct correlation between these high rankings and the University’s role as an economic engine for the state of Minnesota. “Studies show that for every dollar in funding a university takes in, we generate two dollars in economic development by purchasing supplies, hiring new staff and — in some cases — constructing new facilities or laboratories,” Friedman says.

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