February 11, 2022

WSU School of Medicine continues climb in NIH grant rankings

The Wayne State University School of Medicine continues its rise nationally in National Institutes of Health medical 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 placed the WSU School of Medicine 74th nationally and second in Michigan among medical schools securing NIH grant funding in 2021, with a total of $52,543,743 in grants. In 2020, the school ranked 77th nationally.

Three departments – the Department of Emergency Medicine; the Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences; and the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences – are among the nation’s top 20 departments in NIH grant funding.

The Department of Emergency Medicine ranks in the nation’s top 10.

Ten departments rank in the top 50 nationally.

“We are very proud of our faculty members, both in the basic sciences and clinical departments, who not only provide some of the best medical and scientific instruction in the nation to future generations of physicians and researchers, but who work daily to further and improve the science of medicine for the benefit of all,” said Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and vice president of Health Affairs. “The critical research they conduct changes countless lives for the better and keeps the state of Michigan a hub of dynamic discoveries for Michiganians, Americans and people around the world. We are very fortunate to have such valuable faculty.”

Departments ranking in the top 20 in the nation include:

The Department of Emergency Medicine, which was ranked 28th last year, now ranks seventh in the nation (second in Michigan), with $4,269,922 in funding.

The Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences ranks 14th nationally (second in Michigan), capturing more than $7.7 million in NIH grants.

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences ranks 15th in the nation (second in Michigan), with more than $2.5 million in grant funding.

Departments in the top 50 in the nation include:

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranks 24 nationally (third in Michigan) with more than $2.8 million in NIH grants.

The Department of Urology ranks 37th in the nation (second in Michigan), garnering $179,988 in grants.

The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics ranks 39th nationwide (second in Michigan) with more than $2.6 million in grants.

The Department of Radiology ranks 39th (third in Michigan), with more than $3.3 million in funding.

The Department of Physiology ranks 39th (second in Michigan), with $4,475,083 in funding.

The Department of Pharmacology ranks 45th (second in Michigan), with more tham $4.5 million in NIH grants.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences ranks 50th (second in Michigan) with more than $4.1 million in NIH grant funding.

Departments in the top 100 nationally include:

The Department of Pediatrics ranks 60th (third in Michigan) with more than $2.1 million in grants.

The Department of Neurology ranks 69th (first in Michigan) with $613,900 in funding.

The Department of Internal Medicine ranks 72nd (second in Michigan), garnering more than $11.7 million in grants.

The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology ranked 86th nationally (first in Michigan) with $821,474 in grants.

Overall, 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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