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UM School of Nursing Rises to Top 10 in National Institutes of Health Rankings for Nursing Schools

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) continues its ascension toward the top of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) rankings. UMSON now ranks ninth among nursing schools receiving grant funding from the NIH, up from 11th in 2012.

Rankings are based on the amount of research dollars awarded by the NIH to each school. Each grant submission is reviewed by NIH experts for its scientific merit and program relevance. In 2013, UMSON faculty members attracted nearly $4.5 million in NIH grants for research in areas such as chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, interventions for cognitively impaired seniors, neuromuscular disorders, sleep, Web-based interventions, and bone health.

"It is incredible that we have steadily climbed in the NIH ranking and funding at a time when overall national spending has declined. I commend our entire faculty for making us a powerhouse among nursing schools," says UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN. "These funds play a tremendous role in helping innovative scientists launch their research careers and support the work of our nurse scientists."

Research at UMSON produces high-impact findings that have the potential to significantly improve the health and quality of life for patients and their families. UMSON's faculty performs research using the University's two appointed Organized Research Centers -- Health Outcomes and Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan -- through leveraged cross-disciplinary research collaboration.

"This achievement is shared by all of our esteemed nurse scientists," says Susan G. Dorsey, PhD '01, MS '98, RN, FAAN, associate professor and associate dean for research at UMSON. "Research funding from the NIH is increasingly competitive, so this is quite an accomplishment for our School."

Posting Date: 12/18/2013
Contact Name: Kevin Nash
Contact Phone: 410-706-1838
Contact Email: nash@son.umaryland.edu