Outside Support for Research Up 17 Percent to $186 million

September 28, 2004

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Outside support for research and related activities increased by more than $28 million at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2004, resulting in the creation of at least 54 new jobs..

The total was $186 million, up from $157.7 million in fiscal 2003 and double the outside support in fiscal 1998.

"We appreciate the intellectual talent and hard work of our faculty in reaching this milestone,” said Richard Dean, M.D., president and CEO of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the school. “It also demonstrates the economic impact of our research engine."

The increase of $28 million resulted in the creation of new jobs, including lab technicians, research assistants and associates, clerical support, faculty members and biostatisticians.

Of the money, $161.2 million went to individual research projects, and $17.5 million went to the various research centers.

Most of the money – 79 percent -- came from federal agencies, mostly the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Industry-sponsored research increased sharply, from $16.1 million to nearly $21.5 million. Support from voluntary health agencies and foundations declined from $15.5 million to $14.1; state support increased from $3.2 million to $3.5 million.

Grants to the Department of Public Health Sciences totaled $45.9 million, followed by the Department of Internal Medicine, $36.3 million, the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (which is largely housed in the Piedmont Triad Research Park downtown), $20.4 million, and the Department of Pathology, $10.1 million.


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About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranked Wake Forest University School of Medicine 23rd in primary care, 40th in research and 12th in geriatrics training among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 36th in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. More than 100 medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.

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