UTHSC secures $ 121 million in research grants and contracts
Memphis, Tennessee (July 20, 2021) – The research office at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center has announced that annual research grants and contract awards for fiscal year 21, which ended as of June 30, totaled more than $ 121 million, an increase of 20.6% over last year.
The total of the research grant for fiscal year 21 is $ 121,700,667. About half of these funds come from federal sources. Faculty at six colleges and four campuses broke records in a number of categories, including the number of grant proposals per fiscal year and per term. Additionally, UTHSC College of Pharmacy rose to number 14 nationally among colleges and schools of pharmacy thanks to grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Year-over-year measurements show a total increase from $ 85 million in fiscal 2017 to $ 121.7 million today in research grants for the university. This represents a 43% growth in research grants and contracts in five years.
During this same period, spending from all sources and on non-clinical UTHSC contracts (sponsored programs, grants, and research and education contracts) exceeded $ 300 million, showing strong growth across all portfolios. grants and contracts.
The overhaul of the infrastructure, carried out by the research office of UTHSC and led by the vice-chancellor of research Steven Goodman, PhD, as part of the five-year operational strategic plan for research drafted in 2016, allowed the UTHSC’s research enterprise to remain fully functional during the pandemic, despite the fact that the campuses were mainly operating remotely. Increased staff numbers, improved resources, and new streamlined and automated processes have enabled researchers to scale and advance their projects successfully, despite the physical restrictions in place on all campuses. In addition, as part of the strategic research plan, the Research Office’s Collaborative Research Network (CORNET) seed grant funding program is recognized by the faculty as the source of major grant efforts. collaborative.
Many programs and faculty have performed exceptionally during this period, which has contributed to the growth in funding. A few recently include:
The UT Institute for the Study of Host Pathogen Systems (ISHPS) led by Colleen Jonsson, PhD, Van Fleet Endowed Professor and Director of the UTHSC Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL), received a multi-year national grant of nearly $ 23 million in 2017.
The Tennessee Heart Health Network led by Jim Bailey, MD, Robert S. Pearce Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine and director of the Tennessee Population Health Consortium, received in May a multi-year grant of $ 4.5 million from the United States Agency for research and quality of health care.
Sam Dagogo-Jack, MD, AC Mullins Professor of Medicine, Director of the General Clinical Research Center and Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, as well as Nawajes Mandal, PhD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and of Neurobiology, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, received $ 1.99 million in April from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for their work to advance understanding of the pathophysiology of prediabetes, diabetes and complications associated.
Jonathan H. Jaggar, PhD, Maury Bronstein full professor in the Department of Physiology, received a $ 2.3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in March for blood pressure research.
Francesca-Fang Liao, PhD, and Fu-Ming Zhou, PhD, both professors in the Department of Pharmacology, Addiction and Toxicology, were awarded $ 1.9 million in March from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and the ‘Stroke to study possible causes of dementia.
Since its launch in 2018, the Clinical Trials Network of Tennessee (CTN2) has brought more than 200 clinical trial opportunities, including three related to COVID-19, to the university and to the citizens of Tennessee, generating more than 10 million dollars in rewards at the University.
As Tennessee’s only public university health care system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center is to bring the benefits of health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health through the education, research, clinical care and public service, with an emphasis on citizens of Tennessee and the region. The main Memphis campus has six colleges: Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy. UTHSC also educates and trains students of medicine, pharmacy and / or health professions, as well as residents and medical fellows, at major sites in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. For more information visit http: // www.
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