University of South Carolina

USC School of Medicine's pathology department ranked among top grant generators

By Jeff Stensland, stenslan@mailbox.sc.edu, 803-777-3686

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology has been ranked 29th in the nation in generating National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2012, according to a recently released report.

The department generated more than $6.9 million in coveted NIH money last year, placing USC above institutions such as the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke University and Cornell University. The rankings, compiled annually by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, includes both direct and indirect costs, but do not include research and development contracts or stimulus funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The department was ranked 35th for bringing in $5.9 million in 2011, and 40th in 2010 for generating $5.3 million in NIH funding.

Professor and depatrment chair Mitzi Nagarkatti credited the rise in the rankings to the department’s recruitment of top researchers.

“We built research teams consisting of faculty who could collaborate and synergize in thematic areas such as inflammation, which is the underlying cause of all major clinical disorders such as autoimmune, cardiovascular and neurological diseases as well as cancer,” Nagarkatti said. “Our department currently hosts three major National Research Centers funded by NIH, in addition to several individual investigator initiated grants.”

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Posted: 01/18/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/18/13 @ 3:45 PM | Permalink