Big Bucks for Research, High Marks for Health

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Penn’s School of Medicine ranked second in the nation in National Institutes of Health research awards to academic medical schools during the last fiscal year. With 947 total research and training grants totaling $393 million, Penn lagged behind only Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For the ninth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has placed the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) on its “Honor Roll”—a designation shared with only 15 other hospitals in the nation. To be included, hospitals must rank very highly in at least six of 17 specialties; HUP was noted for its expertise in 14 areas, ranging from cancer to kidney disease to neurology.

In other health-system news, Penn has been named a Breast Cancer Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Defense. The center, which will be directed by Dr. Lewis Chodosh and supported by a five-year, $10 million grant, will use genetically-engineered mouse models along with cellular- and molecular-imaging technologies to study cancer progression and develop new therapies. Chodosh is also leader of the breast-cancer program at Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center.

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