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CHORI Maintains National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ranking as 10th in the Nation for Research Grants in 2012

May, 2013 – CHORI is pleased to announce that during the 2012 federal fiscal year, Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland maintained its ranking as 10th in the nation for research grants to children’s hospitals from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) out of 23 children’s hospitals. A leader in the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease, CHORI continues to maintain the highest excellence in research. 

“We achieved a 20.4 percent increase in funding received compared with 2011,” says CHORI Vice President of Research Operations Rajnesh Prasad, MBA. “We accomplished this feat with only 26 prime award grants.”

“We achieved a 20.4 percent increase in funding received compared with 2011. We accomplished this feat with only 26 prime award grants.”



The grants were awarded to CHORI scientists in 2012 for research covering a wide range of topics, from meningococcal vaccine development to the effects of saturated fat and protein on heart disease risk. By investigating different mechanisms mediating cancer development, progression and prevention, or the genetics behind type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and heart defects, CHORI researchers continue to be at the forefront of basic and clinical science.

“This is a fantastic accomplishment and I'm very proud of our dedicated faculty who continue to excel in this challenging federal funding climate,” says CHORI Executive Director Alexander Lucas, PhD.

Children’s has maintained an NIH funding ranking in the top 10 for pediatric research hospitals for many years, including the last four consecutive years. With a record number of grant applications this year, and several early career PIs successfully achieving their first NIH Career grants, the 2012 NIH ranking is a measure of CHORI’s competitive edge.

“To remain this competitive in the face of a flat NIH budget and dropping paylines is due entirely to the diligence, innovation and hard work of the scientists who make this organization what it is,” says Dr. Lucas. “Thanks to their efforts, CHORI is poised to continue leading the field, now and in the future.”

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