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Duke Pediatrics ranks second nationwide in NIH funding

Thursday, February 14, 2019
Coleen Cunningham; Ann Reed

We are pleased to announce that the Duke Department of Pediatrics has once again been ranked second nationally on the list of NIH research grant funding for pediatrics clinical science departments with a total of $39,483,376 for 2018. Notably, three of our investigators were ranked among the top 20 for individual research funding, including Daniel K. Benjamin, MD, PhD, MPH, #16; Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, #10; and P. Brian Smith, MD, PhD, MPH, MHS, who took the #1 spot and is now the highest NIH-funded researcher in pediatrics in the nation.

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 and IRB staff. 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 3 in the Trent Semans Center. On behalf of our senior leadership team, thank you for all that you do. 

Ann M. Reed, MD
Samuel L. Katz 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.