UIC College of Pharmacy Ranks No. 3 in Federal Research Funding


For the second straight year, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy ranks third in total federal research funding, according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.

UIC received more than $28 million in grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies in 2010.

"Our ranking from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy speaks to the intellectual talent and tireless dedication of our faculty, students and staff," says acting Dean Steve Swanson. "The breakthroughs that they make in their laboratories today will be taught in our classrooms and applied in our clinics tomorrow."

Among the federal grants awarded to the College of Pharmacy in 2010 were:

  • The UIC/NIH Center for Botanical Dietary Supplements received a multi-million dollar grant to study whether botanical dietary supplements such as black cohosh, licorice and hops can safely help alleviate menopausal symptoms. Funded by the Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, two of the National Institutes of Health, the project is led by Norman Farnsworth, distinguished university professor and director of the Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • A project to assess a patient-safety process at the University of Illinois at Chicago Health System will measure the number of adverse events, the number of medical liability claims, and the time it takes to settle a request. The multi-year grant is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Bruce Lambert, professor of pharmacy administration, serves as co-principal investigator.
  • UIC's Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research, directed by Glen Schumock, will lead a Chicago consortium for the second phase of the DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) program. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiated the program to assist the federal government in evaluating the Medicare Part D drug benefit. The Chicago center is one of 11 new research centers, and one of only three prior organizations to be selected for the second phase.

Established in 1859, the UIC College of Pharmacy stands as the oldest academic unit of the University of Illinois, one of the largest and most comprehensive research universities in the nation. One third of all pharmacists in Illinois are graduates of the college.

This news release was written by Sam Hostettler, associate director of the UIC News Bureau.