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The UNC School of Medicine ranks 17th in the country in total NIH funding for 2018 and 6th among peer public universities, according to a new report published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The total dollar amount is $293,009,911, a jump of $20,364,969 from 2017. The school has increased its NIH funding each year since 2015.

All six basic science departments rank in the top 10 for NIH Funding. Their rank among public schools of medicine is in parentheses:

Pharmacology, 2nd (1st)

Biochemistry & Biophysics, 4th (2nd)

Microbiology & Immunology, 5th (3rd)

Biomedical Engineering, 6th (3rd)

Genetics, 6th (1st)

Cell Biology & Physiology, 9th (6th)

Eleven clinical departments rank in the top 30 for NIH funding. Their rank among public schools of medicine is in parentheses:

Obstetrics & Gynecology, 3rd (2nd)

Anesthesiology, 5th (2nd)

Family Medicine, 12th (11th)

Medicine, 14th (4th)

Psychiatry, 16th (7th)

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. 19th (10th)

Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, 23rd (11th)

Dermatology, 24th (11th)

Pediatrics, 26th (13th)

Radiology, 27th (11th)

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, 29th (14th)

“We are so appreciative of the work our faculty, staff, students, and fellows do every day. They are responsible for the new scientific and medical discoveries that advance human health and society. These NIH rankings are a reflection of their dedication and effort,” said Blossom Damania, PhD, vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine.

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