Education

NEOMED’s Pharmacy College Ranks High in NIH Funding

ROOTSTOWN, Ohio – Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Pharmacy ranked No. 40 among colleges of pharmacy in obtaining National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding, according to a recently-released report from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy reported nearly $3.5 million in NIH grant support for the government’s fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016, a 77% increase over last year, ranking it second in Ohio based on NIH funding.

The increase in NIH funding was the largest among all colleges of pharmacy in the country. The college moved up three spots to number 40 from last year’s NIH research grants rankings and by five spots to number 43 in overall extramural funding, with a total of just over $3.7 million dollars.

The college also ranked ahead of The Ohio State University and first in Ohio for NIH-funded research dollars per principal investigator, placing it sixth nationally. While the average amount of NIH funding per school has decreased over the years, obtaining NIH grants remains highly competitive. Nevertheless, NEOMED’s College of Pharmacy increased its NIH research funding by $1.5 million more than last year’s and by more than $3.1 million over the last four years.

“We are extremely proud of the success of the college in rapidly establishing itself as a leader in innovative biomedical research that directly impacts the treatment of patients suffering from liver and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and glaucoma,” said Jason Richardson, acting associate dean for research in the College of Pharmacy and acting chairman of pharmaceutical sciences.   

There are 139 U.S. schools and colleges of pharmacy. Ninety-four schools and colleges of pharmacy were ranked according to their NIH funding.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.