Research funding at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center (HSC) leapt $4.7 million higher than last year to $160,753,570, continuing an upward trajectory. Since 1998, HSC has more than tripled its research grants and contracts, from $45 million to more than $160 million. These federal research dollars, primarily obtained from foundations, private industry and federal sources, provide a significant economic impact in New Mexico.
Richard Larson, MD, PhD, HSC executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for research, attributes much of the HSC’s research enterprise success to the versatility of its investigators and their drive to assemble comprehensive teams of very specialized scientists when developing research projects and proposals.
“The robust research ethic at the HSC has a long history of growth, innovation and scientific breakthroughs critical to improving health care in New Mexico,” says Larson. “We are unique among health care providers in New Mexico, generating discoveries and breakthroughs that have led to economic growth, social improvement and improved health – but most importantly, hope – for all New Mexicans.”
The HSC holds the honor of being one of only 29 institutions nationally that has obtained two of the National Institutes of Health’s most prestigious awards – an NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Center, and a National Cancer Institute–designated Cancer Center.
The research enterprise supports scores of clinical trials in more than 350 New Mexico communities. UNM’s HSC has achieved scientific breakthroughs in diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, asthma, brain trauma, and numerous other diseases through basic discoveries in laboratories, new drugs and clinical tests in our hospitals, and improved healthcare delivery in our communities.