The University of Michigan Department of Anesthesiology again is ranked first in the country for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding in the 2022 Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research rankings. This marks the eighth consecutive year the department has topped the rankings list, which includes anesthesiology departments based within medical schools.
In Fiscal Year 2022, U-M Anesthesiology researchers secured more than $22.4 million in NIH funding for 24 projects, including projects from three first-time independent NIH research grant recipients and funding to establish the first national career development program for pain researchers. NIH funding to the department increased by more than 2% from the previous year and accounts for approximately 9.5% of total NIH funds disbursed to medical school-based anesthesiology departments.
Total research funding within the department was more than $33 million across 56 projects. In addition to NIH funding, department researchers received support from foundation, industry, and state sources, including funding from the State of Michigan to study the effect of CBD and medical cannabis therapy on veterans’ chronic pain and funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare the patient recovery experience of two anesthetic medications and to compare two pain regimens commonly prescribed following outpatient surgical procedures.
“I am so excited by the research and discovery culture within Michigan Anesthesiology. With leadership from our chair, Dr. George Mashour, our researcher development pipeline is strong and our investigators are developing an incredible portfolio of work that addresses big questions in outcomes, neuroscience, and pain and opioids research,” said Senior Associate Chair for Research Chad Brummett, M.D. “The continued investment our work receives from the NIH and additional sources is a testament to the important work being led by our research faculty and staff.”
In addition to the department rankings, three faculty members ranked in the top 7 for NIH funding to individual anesthesia principal investigators:
- George Mashour, M.D., Ph.D. (#1)
- Chad Brummett, M.D. (#3)
- David Williams, Ph.D. (#7)