NEWS RELEASE

June 12, 2007

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ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Research awards won by the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center rose from just under $40 million in 1994 to $133.5 million in 2006.

"This is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff, and represents the national and international respect we have earned as an institution of advanced medical research over the last decade," said Paul Roth, M. D., UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the UNM School of Medicine.

"I attribute our continued success to our strategic focus, our ability to align our training programs with our research efforts and our commitment to integrate basic, translational and clinical research," said Dr. Richard Larson, UNM Vice President for Health Sciences Center Translational Research.

Five UNM HSC signature programs have netted major grants over the last decade: brain and behavioral illnesses; cancer biology; cardiovascular and metabolic diseases; environmental health; and infectious diseases and immunity.

Larson reported on the success of the UNM HSC research program today at the UNM Board of Regents meeting.

"This shows that UNM is rapidly establishing itself as a true national leader in medical research, helping our nation and the world face the many healthcare challenges of the 21st century," UNM Regent President Jamie Koch said.