February 26, 2021

Eight School of Medicine departments in top 50 of NIH grant rankings

The Wayne State University School of Medicine remains a powerhouse of medical research, with eight departments in the top 50 nationwide in National Institutes of Health research funding.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, which provides an annual ranking of NIH funding to medical schools and individual departments, this year places the WSU School of Medicine in the top half of medical schools securing NIH grant funding in 2020.

Two departments – the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences, and the Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences -- remain among the nation’s top 20 departments in NIH grant funding.

The Department of Emergency Medicine ranks in the nation’s top 30.

Five other departments rank in the top 50 nationally.

“The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research data provide targeted information of how Wayne State University School of Medicine departments are performing in NIH research grant funding and how we compare to other institutions overall. Kudos to all for successes this year, and may next year be even better for all departments” said Linda Hazlett, Ph.D., vice dean of Research for the School of Medicine.

Departments ranking in the top 20 in the nation include:

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences ranks 9th  in the nation (first in Michigan), with more than $2.9 million in grant funding.

The Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences ranks 11the nationally (second in Michigan), capturing more than $8.4 million in NIH grants.

The Department of Emergency Medicine ranks 28th nationwide (second in Michigan), with $582,448 in funding.

Departments in the top 50 nationwide include:

The Department of Urology ranks 36th in the nation (second in Michigan), garnering $258,812 in grants.

The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics ranks 37th nationwide (second in Michigan) with $2.2 million in grants.

The Department of Neurosurgery ranks 41st (second in Michigan), with $474,352 in grants.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences ranks 42nd (first in Michigan) capturing more than $5.3 million in grant funding.

The Department of Radiology ranks 46th (second in Michigan), with more than $1.4 million in funding.

The WSU School of Medicine ranks second in the state of Michigan’s medical schools in NIH grant funding.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has monitored NIH funding to medical schools and other health science schools and organizations since 2006. It generates an annual ranking of NIH funding for U.S. medical schools and their departments.

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