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Duke University Among Top 10 in Nation for Federal Medical Research Funding


Sarah Avery
Sarah Avery
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University continues its leadership in biomedical research, ranking 10th among the nation’s top medical schools and research institutions for funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Duke received $467 million in federal funding from the NIH in 2020, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, an independent research center that compiles an annual ranking of NIH funding for U.S. medical schools and their departments. Duke was the largest recipient of NIH grant funding in North Carolina for fiscal year 2020. 

Four basic science departments and seven clinical science departments at Duke ranked among the top 10 in the country:

•    #2 for Orthopedics
•    #2 for Pediatrics
•    #3 for Surgery
•    #4 for Neurosurgery
•    #5 for Anesthesiology
•    #6 for Internal Medicine
•    #9 for Anatomy/Cell Biology
•    #9 for Genetics
•    #9 for Neurosciences
•    #9 for Pharmacology
•    #10 for Psychiatry

“Duke is home to many of the brightest and most innovative biomedical researchers in the world,” said Mary E. Klotman, M.D., dean of the Duke University School of Medicine. “Even with the challenges that the past year placed on the global research enterprise, these rankings show that our scientists persevered and continued our long history of excellence in biomedical research.”

The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, investing more than $41 billion a year to advance research aimed at improving health. 

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