February 20, 2024

WSU School of Medicine continues climb in NIH grant rankings during 2023

The Wayne State University School of Medicine climbed yet again 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 71st nationally among medical schools securing NIH grant funding in 2023, with a total of $56,934,417 in grants, an increase of more than $3 million. In 2022, the school ranked 73rd nationally.

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

The Department of Emergency Medicine ranks fifth in the nation, up from sixth last year, (second in Michigan) with $7,508,999 in NIH grant funding.

The Department of Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences ranks 15th in the nation, up from 21st last year (second in Michigan), with $8,876,635 in funding.

“Research prowess has, and continues to, burnish Wayne State University’s national and international reputation,” said Linda Hazlett, Ph.D., vice dean of Research and Graduate Programs for the School of Medicine. “I remain extremely proud of all our research scientists in their intellectual and medical advances, and in their ongoing effort to secure National Institutes of Health funding to change the world of medicine for the better.”

Nine departments ranked in the top 50 nationally.

In addition to Emergency Medicine, and Ophthalmology, Visual and Anatomical Sciences, WSU departments ranking in the top 50 in the nation include:

The Department of Radiology ranks 23rd nationally (second in Michigan) with $10,011,801 in grants.

The Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences ranks 23rd nationally (second in Michigan) with $1,440,016 in funding.

The Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics ranks 33rd nationwide (second in Michigan) with $4,442,518 in grants. The center climbed from 35th last year.

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ranks 34th nationally (third in Michigan), as it did last year, with $2,725,292 in grants from the NIH.

The Department of Physiology, maintained 36th place, (second in Michigan) with $6,361,022 in funding.

The Department of Neurosurgery ranks 42nd nationally (second in Michigan) with $998,566 in NIH grants.

The Department of Pediatrics, last year ranked 57th nationally, now ranks 50th (third in Michigan) with $3,555,571 in funding.

Departments in the top 100 in the nation include:

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences ranks 53rd nationally (second in Michigan) with $4,041,109 in grants.

The Department of Pharmacology ranks 69th nationally (third in Michigan) with $1,815,077 in funding. 

The Department of Neurology maintained its 69th place ranking nationally (second in Michigan) with $460,362 in funding.

The Department of Pathology ranks 81st nationally (second in Michigan) with $594,227 in NIH grants.

The Department of Internal Medicine ranks 88th nationally (second in Michigan) with grants totaling $3,496,402.

The Department of Biochemistry maintained its 91st in the nation ranking (second in Michigan) with $606,820 in funding.

Overall, the WSU School of Medicine ranks third 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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