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Duke Pediatrics ranks second nationwide in NIH funding

Friday, February 12, 2021
Coleen Cunningham; Ann Reed

We are pleased to announce that the Duke Department of Pediatrics has been ranked second nationally on the list of NIH research grant funding for pediatrics clinical science departments with a total of $75,805,966 for 2020. Notably, four of our investigators were ranked among the top 20 for individual research funding, including Daniel K. Benjamin, MD, PhD, MPH, #13; Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD, #8; Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD, PhD, #3 and P. Brian Smith, MD, PhD, MPH, MHS, who took the #2 spot making him the second 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 which will be held virtually on April 19 and 20 this year. 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 in Medical Research based on the most current NIH data.


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