The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy rose to number 14 in funding from the National Institutes of Health this year, according to a new listing published by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) of its approximately 140 colleges and schools of pharmacy.
“NIH funding is highly competitive, and this ranking is a mark of our effort and excellence as a college,” said Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, PhD, MPH, MBA, FCCP, FASHP, FAST, dean of the UTHSC College of Pharmacy. “We have continued to rise in this ranking each year, and with continued determination, I am confident we can increase even further in the years to come.”
In 2010, the college had roughly $3 million in NIH funding. This year, the college had more than $13 million in NIH funding. Dean Chisholm-Burns said the increase is the result of effort and hard work from the entire college. The dean also expressed her gratitude for the support provided by the college’s executive committee and campus administration.
NIH-funded research in the college includes areas such as preclinical and clinical development through drug utilization, outcomes research, drug discovery, and clinical research targeted at refinement of applied pharmacotherapy.
“In my time as dean, we have taken many strategic steps to equip and incentivize our faculty to pursue research grants,” Dean Chisholm-Burns said. “These novel approaches and their tireless work are continuing to pay off.”