CUMC Receives Most Nih Funding In New York City, State

NEW YORK – (May 22, 2008) According to recently released data from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Columbia University Medical Center receives the most NIH funding among all academic medical centers in both New York City and New York state.

Grants awarded by the NIH, the nation’s primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research, for fiscal year 2007 to faculty at Columbia University Medical Center total $343,089,110. This figure counts grants given to Columbia’s health sciences faculty ($292,260,228) and its Department of Psychiatry faculty at the New York State Psychiatric Institute ($50,828,882). Additional NIH-funding also goes to Columbia University faculty at Columbia’s Morningside campus ($44,881,607), many of whom have appointments at the medical center, and to Columbia faculty at affiliated institutions such as St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and its Institute for Health Sciences ($10,459,333).

“NIH funding is very competitive. Applications for funding are comprehensively and critically judged for their scientific vigor and novel approaches to the diseases and illnesses of our time,” said Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences of Columbia University and dean of the faculties of health sciences and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. “Our faculty’s success in obtaining this remarkable breadth of NIH funding is evidence of the caliber of basic and clinical scientific research throughout Columbia University Medical Center and at its affiliated institutions.”

Columbia’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and its medical center affiliates rank ninth in the amount of NIH funding to schools of medicine nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report’s listing of top medical schools for 2008. New York state ranks as the third highest funded state in the nation, after California and Massachusetts, with a total of $1,935,399,273 awarded for 4,792 grants in 2007.

A select sampling of some of the larger NIH grants awarded to Columbia University Medical Center faculty in 2007 includes:

A $51 million 5-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) that will allow expansion of core research resources, collaboration across all four CUMC health sciences schools, and the establishment of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (IICTR).

A 5-year $23 million Mailman School of Public Health grant to establish a network to look systematically at trends and improvements in cardiothoracic surgery

A more than $10 million 5-year grant to study the role of airborne contaminants and the development of childhood asthma

A $10 million 5-year project program grant to investigate why people with type 2 diabetes are dangerously susceptible to heart disease, the leading cause of death for people suffering from diabetes.

“Our world-class investigators in basic science and in our clinical departments are making new discoveries every day that improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of the most important diseases affecting people who live in New York City, New York state and throughout the nation,” said Robert S. Kass, Ph.D., vice dean for research and chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. “This critical support helps our faculty continue to push the envelope of exploration in science and medicine with the ultimate aim of improving lives.”

This information is obtained from data released by the National Institutes of Health from appropriations for fiscal year 2007, which ended Sept. 30, 2007, and was last updated on March 23, 2008. For more information, visit the NIH’s research portfolio website at:

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