USD School of Medicine improves in NIH support

USD School of Medicine improves in NIH support The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released its institutional grant support statistics for FY 2000.

By every measure, The University of South Dakota School of Medicine (USDSM) has made marked improvements in the amount of NIH support for biomedical research it receives.

Compared with all other states, South Dakota showed the second largest percent increase in total NIH support, 482 percent from FY 1996 to FY 2000. In FY 1996, the state had $1,654,000 in NIH support; in 2000, total NIH funding to state entities was $7,981,000. Only Wyoming, with a 497 percent increase ($995,000 to $4,749,000), improved more than South Dakota.

USD is responsible for $4.8 million of the FY 2000 amount, and NIH is the largest single source of research funding at USD.

By comparison, North Dakota improved 176 percent from $3.04 million to $5.38 million. Other comparable population states include Alaska, increasing by 138 percent, Idaho, which grew 314 percent, Montana, which increased 236 percent; and Nevada, which grew 193 percent. Among larger regional states, Iowa grew 145 percent; Minnesota increased 137 percent; Nebraska increased 151 percent, and Colorado grew 147 percent.

"It reflects the hard work of the faculty and the support of the administration in helping develop research as an important part of the mission of the school and the institution," said Ron Lindahl, professor and dean of Basic Biomedical Sciences in the USD School of Medicine. "Also,it reaffirms that developing a research presence is a long-term process and it represents a return on a 'long-term' investment in faculty and students."

Among 485 domestic higher education institutions receiving funds from the NIH in FY 2000, The University of South Dakota ranked 167, with approximately $4,757,000. This was second among regional peer institutions in neighboring states; only Montana State University at 141, with $7,446,000 ranked higher in 2000. Of two regional land grant institutions, North Dakota State University had approximately $1,000,000 in NIH funding and South Dakota State University had nearly $750,000.

Among the nation's 126 accredited schools of medicine, the USD School of Medicine ranked 107th with $4,738,000 in FY 2000. While modest by national standards, this represents a significant improvement from just three years ago, when USDSM ranked 122 with about $1,260,000. Again, among small, community-based, primary care medical schools, the 107 ranking places the USD School of Medicine above most of its peers, including Creighton, North Dakota, Southern Illinois, East Tennessee State and Mercer.

Among large regional medical schools, the Universities of Iowa and Minnesota were ranked 26 and 27 nationally, in NIH funding and the University of Nebraska Medical Center ranked 77.

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