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March 22, 2001

Nursing moves to 5th in NIH funding

Pitt's School of Nursing now ranks 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research support to the nation's schools and colleges of nursing. The nursing school ranked 8th last year in NIH funding.

The ranking is based on the amount of research grant dollars awarded by NIH to each school. Pitt's nursing research program, which received $3.7 million in NIH funding for 2000, primarily focuses research efforts on adolescent health, chronic disorders, critical care and basic science.

"This remarkable ascent in the research prominence of the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is explained by the vision, focus and drive of its dean and faculty," said Arthur S. Levine, senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences at Pitt.

"The School of Nursing and the University of Pittsburgh have made a great investment in recruiting faculty who are trained at the Ph.D. level and are accomplished in cutting-edge research related to the unique concerns and goals of nursing."

Dean Ellen B. Rudy said the nursing school has been steadily increasing its research initiatives for the past 10 years.

"It is gratifying to see that many of our investigators, through the peer-review mechanism of NIH, have had their science judged as outstanding enough to receive funding for the conduct of their research," said Rudy.

"There is no ranking that tells the complete story, but it definitely indicates that we have a group of very hard-working faculty who are building knowledge that will eventually change the practice of nursing and, hopefully, bring better care to our patients," the dean added.

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