School of Nursing’s NIH Funding Soars more than 200% in 2008

February 26, 2009

Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Nursing received nearly $3.4 million more from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last year than they did in 2007. The sizable increase in funding dollars propels the School of Nursing’s ranking to sixth among 82 national nursing schools awarded NIH monies in 2008.

In the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2008, the NIH supported $4.8 million in research at the school. That amount is more than triple the $1.4 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2007.

“This increase truly speaks volumes about the quality and relevance of work taking place here,” said Kathy P. Parker, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing. “The accomplishment is even more significant given that budget growth at the NIH last year was nearly flat and competition for grants was fierce.”

Several factors point to why the School of Nursing secured more money, said Harriet Kitzman, R.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N., associate dean for research. “We’ve actively recruited new cross-disciplinary faculty while encouraging more of the existing faculty to conduct research. We’ve also provided a great deal of support to help junior faculty complete pilot work and prepare for major grants,” she said.

School of Nursing research programs that received NIH funding in 2008 included established nationally known studies as well as some that open up new areas of investigation.

“We have researchers who are addressing the spectrum of critical health care issues,” said Dianne C. Morrison-Beedy, Ph.D., W.H.N.P.-B.C., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N., assistant dean for research. “They are helping to define the way we treat and care for patients including young mothers, those with catheters and those who are dying. Some are looking into substance abuse and interventions, and others are working on HIV prevention and asthma treatments. We are changing the ‘science’ of health and illness by figuring out what works and doesn’t work for people in our communities.”

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