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San Antonio urology professors lead nation in research funding
January 23, 2012

By James Aldridge, San Antonio Business Journal

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio urology researchers ranked No. 1 in the nation in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for 2011.

The urology department scored $9.1 million in NIH funding for the year, excluding research and development contracts and federal stimulus money, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. The second-highest funded urology department in the nation was the University of Southern California with $8.8 million in NIH grants.

Urologists focus on treating a patient's urinary tract system.

NIH funding is the largest source of funding to support academic research, and the department's success in landing NIH funding shows how solid its researchers are, says urology department chairman Dennis Peppas.

Dr. Ian M. Thompson Jr., current director of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center but the former chairman of the urology department, brought in the most NIH funding at $7.46 million. He brought in the second-highest amount of NIH funding among researchers nationwide.

The Health Science Center ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving federal funding.


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