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Duke Pediatrics ranks first nationwide in NIH funding

Thursday, February 6, 2020
Coleen Cunningham; Ann Reed

We are pleased to announce that the Duke Department of Pediatrics moved to NUMBER 1 on the list of NIH research grant funding for pediatrics clinical science departments with a total of $55,619,016 for 2019; an increase of more than 15 million compared to 2018! Four of our investigators were ranked among the top 20 for individual research funding, including P. Brian Smith, MD, MPH, MHS; Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhDDaniel K. Benjamin, MD, PhD, MPH; and Corinne Linardic, MD, PhD.  Thirty additional investigators contributed to the grant total. 

As you know, success in securing NIH funding is considered a strong indicator of the quality of an institution’s research. Our strong performance reflects the groundbreaking work of our remarkably creative and insightful faculty and dedicated research, grants management, IRB staff and the outstanding clinical providers who support the research work. The number of people contributing to our department’s success in research is commendable, and we recognize these contributions extend far beyond NIH funding. We hope to continue to build on this as we mentor and support junior research faculty. 

We invite you to learn more about the department’s current research endeavors at the upcoming Pediatrics Research Retreat on April 7. On behalf of our senior leadership team, thank you for all that you do. 

Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Physician-in-Chief, Duke Children’s

Coleen K. Cunningham, MD
Vice Chair, Research
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
Chief, Division of Global Health 
Professor of Pathology
Research Professor of Global Health       

Note: Rankings are compiled by the independent Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research based on the most current NIH data.