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U.S. Medical Schools Awarded $92 Million in Research Support

U.S. Medical Schools Awarded $92 Million in Research Support

Summary

Forty-one medical schools in 23 states will receive new HHMI biomedical research support grants totaling $92 million.

Forty-one medical schools in 23 states will receive a total of $92 million over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Ranging from $1.6 million to $4 million, the awards will help the schools find new ways to combine basic biomedical research and clinical treatment of patients. They also will support programs in the rapidly developing field of bioinformatics.

This is the second in a series of HHMI grants to medical schools to help strengthen their ability to do research at a time when managed care and other changes in traditional funding present challenges to that important role. In 1995 HHMI awarded $80 million to 30 medical schools to help them sustain their commitment to biomedical research. The new grants bring to $172 million the awards made to medical schools for biomedical research support.

"Medical schools are where a great many of the most important biomedical advances occur, yet they are being squeezed by the growth of managed care, new government policies and other changes," said HHMI President Purnell W. Choppin. "These resources will help medical schools to maintain the critical basic and clinical research activities that yield so many advances for patients."

Nearly 60 percent of the new funding will be used to help junior faculty members launch their research and for pilot studies. Grantee institutions also can use the awards to establish or improve shared research facilities, purchase major equipment, and foster collaborations among basic scientists and clinical researchers.

HHMI invited 126 medical schools to compete for the grants. A panel of experts reviewed 105 proposals that were submitted and made recommendations to HHMI's management and trustees. The successful proposals emphasize collaborations between researchers in the basic sciences and those who do clinical research, and bioinformatics, a field that marries computer science with molecular biology to analyze the mass of data being generated by the Human Genome Project. "These are the key areas of molecular medicine, the medicine of the 21st century," said Joseph Perpich, HHMI's vice president of grants and special programs, "The genius of this country's academic medicine has always been the integration of basic and clinical research, and these grants are making it possible for medical schools to continue to lead the way."

The 22 public and 19 private medical schools that will receive the grants are listed below:

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

New York, NY

$1.6 million

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

$2.8 million

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA

$1.6 million

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Cleveland, OH

$3 million

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

New York, NY

$2.4 million

Dartmouth Medical School

Hanover, NH

$3.4 million

Duke University School of Medicine

Durham, NC

$2.4 million

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA

$1.6 million

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

$1.8 million

Mayo Medical School

Rochester, NY

$1.6 million

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

New York, NY

$2 million

Northwestern University School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

$2 million

Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine

Portland, OR

$1.8 million

Stanford University School of Medicine

Stanford, CA

$1.6 million

State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Buffalo, NY

$3.8 million

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Health Sciences Center School of Medicine

Stony Brook, NY

$2 million

Tufts University School of Medicine

Boston, MA

$1.8 million

University of Alabama School of Medicine

Birmingham, AL

$1.8 million

University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

Irvine, CA

$2.2 million

University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA School of Medicine

Los Angeles, CA

$4 million

University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

San Francisco, CA

$3.8 million

University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine

Chicago, IL

$2.4 million

University of Cincinnati School of Medicine

Cincinnati, OH

$2 million

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Denver, CO

$1.6 million

University of Florida College of Medicine

Gainesville, FL

$1.8 million

University of Iowa College of Medicine

Iowa City, IA

$2.6 million

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Worcester, MA

$1.6 million

University of Michigan Medical School

Ann Arbor, MI

$4 million

University of Minnesota Medical School - Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN

$1.6 million

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Chapel Hill, NC

$2.6 million

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Philadelphia, PA

$2 million

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rochester, NY

$1.8 million

University of Texas Medical Branch, University of Texas Medical School at Galveston

Galveston, TX

$2 million

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

$1.6 million

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School

Dallas, TX

$1.8 million

University of Utah School of Medicine

Salt Lake City, UT

$2.2 million

University of Vermont Collge of Medicine

Burlington, VT

$1.8 million

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Madison, WI

$1.6 million

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, MO

$2.4 million

West Virginia University School of Medicine

Morgantown, WV

$1.6 million

Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven, CT

$4 million