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Posted: January 09, 2006

UNT Health Science Center's Research Funding Tops $20 Million for Second Year


For the second year in a row, UNT Health Science Center’s research funding topped $20 million.

“Although our funding was down a bit from the previous year, we do have some big projects that will push us even further for this year,” said Glenn Dillon, PhD, associate vice president for research and biotechnology at the health science center. “We still think we’re in pretty good shape.”

For fiscal year 2005, the health science center had almost $20,010,000 in research funding, while the fiscal year 2004 numbers were at a little more than $22 million. Still some areas posted gains for fiscal year 2005. The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine as a whole went from more than $5 million in research funding for fiscal year 2004 to $6.5 million in fiscal year 2005.

“Our drive to improve our research funding has led to this significant increase,” said Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of TCOM. “The efforts of Dr. Michael Clearfield, associate dean for clinical research, and our dedicated faculty members have really begun to pay off. We’re looking forward to increased funding opportunities again this year, and the ultimate impact they will have on patient care and public policy.”

The Department of Internal Medicine had the largest increase within TCOM, going from almost $2.2 million in research funding in fiscal year 2004 to almost $3.9 million in research funding in 2005.

The DNA Laboratory also had healthy gains in research funding, with funds increasing from $229,000 in fiscal year 2004 to just under $2 million for fiscal year 2005.

In the School of Public Health, the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences also saw significant gains in research funding for fiscal year 2005, increasing from less than $1,000 in fiscal year 2004 to more than $550,000 in fiscal year 2005.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences experienced a slight drop in funding this past year, due to decreases in individual research grant funding at the National Institutes of Health, according to Thomas Yorio, PhD, vice president for research. Despite the tight NIH budget, the Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology saw a slight increase from about $2.9 million in fiscal year 2004 to just over $3 million in research funding in fiscal year 2005. The Department of Outreach also saw an increase from $285,000 in fiscal year 2004 to $490,000 in fiscal year 2005, with total GSBS research funding exceeding $12.6 million in fiscal year 2005.

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience again posted the highest total of research funding dollars for an individual department with a little over $6 million in funding for fiscal year 2005.

“This has been a difficult year for extramural research funding at all institutions,” Dr. Yorio said. “I’m pleased with how our institution fared in the past fiscal year. We submitted more grant proposals than in the previous year, and we’ve brought in several additional people with state-of-the-art technology that should help strengthen our growing research capabilities.”

Dr. Dillon also pointed to increased opportunities for the health science center with the state of Texas’ Emerging Technology Fund. “We’re also working to partner with other institutions and collaborate as much as possible, which should increase all of our chances to stay competitive in a tightening research market,” he said.

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