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UNM College of Pharmacy are Leaders in Research

The UNM College of Pharmacy placed 30th among 130 colleges of pharmacy in total research funding in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s most recent rankings. UNM ranked 28th in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The College brought in more than $7.1 million in research awards in fiscal 2015, an increase of 103 percent over 10 years ago. Of that, more than $4.3 million came from the NIH, an increase of 116 percent over the College’s NIH funding a decade ago. Other sponsors include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

More than 30 College of Pharmacy faculty conduct research – and their funding success rate is 65 percent. These world-class researchers work in laboratories and clinical settings in the fields of toxicology, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, environmental health, radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical care and outcomes.

“Their interests are very, very diverse,” says Jim Liu, the college’s associate dean for research. “We pretty much do everything.”

Their work is dedicated to finding cures and effective treatments for some of the deadliest diseases and threats to public health, from breast, ovarian and prostate cancers to heart disease, stroke and infectious diseases. Their work also seeks earlier interventions to address deficits associated with prenatal alcohol exposure and diseases associated with exposure to environmental pollutants as well as UV exposure.

“We are the leaders in the world in some areas, in environmental health and radiopharmacy,” Liu says. “We’re a recognized program in cardiovascular research.”

College of Pharmacy research has also led to 22 U.S patents issued to faculty members. Another 34 patent applications by faculty are active.