NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2009 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager 505/272-3679; cell 505/907-9525Nearly 200 Grant Applications Submitted Since February 17ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Productive biomedical research and prolific American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant researching and writing in the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) are yielding great results. To date, more than $21 million in ARRA grants have been awarded to the HSC; $19 million to the School of Medicine, and the balance to the colleges of Pharmacy and Nursing. These stimulus funds add to the HSC’s record-breaking $137.5 million in research awards for fiscal year 2009. These recent NIH awards will enable HSC investigators to study new stroke and West Nile Virus therapies, new chemotherapy drugs, vaccines for bacterial infections, high blood pressure mechanisms, and more, according to HSC Vice President for Translational Research Richard Larson, M.D., Ph.D. “Increases in NIH health and medical research funding over the past 50 years has generated major improvements in health outcomes related to cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes,” offers Larson. “We intend to be a bigger part of that mission and its successes, and will continue submitting grant applications to that end.” Since adoption of the ARRA this February, HSC faculty has submitted applications for more than $150 million in stimulus-related health research funding; approximately $100 million for actual biomedical research, and another $50 million in infrastructure and renovation grants. “The renovation grants haven’t yet been awarded, but our 20-percent success rate with biomedical research grant applications alone will generate about 200 advanced research positions at UNM and in the state,” Larson reports. “These are clean, well-paying career positions that will add significantly to New Mexico’s science and technology corridors, while making important contributions to our economy,” Larson asserts. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information about NIH visit For more information about the Health Sciences Center Office of Research, visit