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Medical School improves national ranking in federal research awards

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, (808) 692-0988
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Posted: Sep 11, 2006

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is continuing its climb up the national rankings in research awards, according to figures newly released by the National Institutes of Health. For the fiscal year 2005, JABSOM ranks 91st nationally out of 123 U.S. medical schools, up two places from its 93rd ranking in 2004.

"The improvement in our ranking is impressive, considering that we only began to seriously advance our biomedical research agenda about seven years ago. Also, competition for NIH funds is very fierce because its budget has remained flat over the last three years," says David Easa, MD, Director of Clinical Research at JABSOM.

In FY 2005, JABSOM received a total of $20 million in NIH awards through 35 different projects. The John A. Burns Medical School of the University of Hawaii at Manoa opened its new Kaka‘ako campus last year, with 250 students and 335 full-time faculty.

The NIH is the single largest source of funding for biomedical research and training in the nation, and its annual rankings are considered an important barometer of research strength.

JABSOM Ranking in NIH Grant Funding

FY 2005 — 91 ($20 million)

FY 2004 — 93 ($19.1 million)

FY 2003 — 103 ($11.3 million)

FY 1999 — 117 ($1.9 million)

For a full list of the 2005 NIH rankings, go to: