UNR Med Ranks In Top 100 For NIH Research Funds For 2021

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine ranked in the top 100 schools based on research funding received by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2021. In addition, the departments of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Microbiology all ranked in the top 100 of their respective fields.

The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) compiles rankings annually to reflect funding U.S. medical schools and their departments received from the National Institute of Health (NIH). The data is considered the gold standard for medical school research metrics and is used to analyze medical research and educational activities throughout the biomedical community.
"It's particularly remarkable because our ranking is not based on the number of faculty, so we are being ranked side by side with much larger universities," said Melissa Piasecki, M.D., UNR Med Acting Dean. "Despite that unequal playing field, we still rank very highly. It shows that once again, we have world-class research in our basic science departments, and we have this exciting combination of a community-based research-intensive medical school."

Overall, UNR Med received more than $18.3 million in research funding awarded to researchers. These highly competitive funds enable UNR Med's scientists to advance the understanding of the causes of many conditions and diseases and work to develop improved therapies for patients.
In addition, Dr. Scott Earley, Ph.D., received the Outstanding Investigator Award from the NIH and ranked No. 12 out of 920 pharmacologists in the United States. Dr. Josh Baker, Ph.D., ranked No. 5 out of 920 pharmacologists in the United States.


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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday March 15, 2022 @ 5:00 PM