Miller School Honors NIH-Funded Researchers

More than 200 NIH-supported principal investigators and their lab members at the Miller School were honored at a February 29 reception celebrating their achievement of catapulting the Miller School from 51st to 39th in NIH funding over a five-year period.

William O’Neill, M.D., executive dean for research and research training, welcomed the faculty on behalf of the Miller Office of Research and congratulated them on their individual accomplishments and the synergism of their success that resulted in the significant rise in NIH funding — from $72 million in the 2006 fiscal year to approximately $112 million in the 2011 fiscal year.

“As the only Florida institution in the top 50 funded ranking, we can all be proud of our increasing strength in scientific research,” O’Neill said. “We are gaining recognition across the country and internationally for discoveries that will lead to better patient care and treatments for chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes.”

O’Neill presented certificates to members of the $1 Million Club — principal and co-principal investigators who maintained a total NIH funding portfolio of $1 million or more, including ARRA funding, in the 2011 fiscal year. Twenty-seven Miller School researchers reached this milestone in the last fiscal year.

Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, offered congratulatory remarks. “As we continue our ascension among the top-tier medical schools, the dedication and passion of our researchers plays a vital role in improving human health, as well as our strategic growth and expanding medical knowledge,” the Dean said. “I am thrilled to recognize our research stars today.”

In addition to members of the $1 Million Club, among those recognized in a funding milestones booklet were researchers with multiple R01 research project grants, R37 Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) awards, program project grants, cooperative agreement grants, T32 training grants, fellowship “F” program grants, and research “K” career program grants.

The honorees visited a resource table for helpful information about searching for biomedical collaborators, core and shared facilities, and a variety of other offices in the research infrastructure. They networked with their colleagues, sharing success stories, and enjoying the opportunity to forge new research collaborations.

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