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Creighton Funding for Research Climbs to $46 Million

Creighton Funding for Research Climbs to $46 Million

Research funding at Creighton University jumped nearly 8 percent during the past fiscal year, University officials announced today.

Creighton’s extramural research grant support grew to $46 million in fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30, compared to $42.9 million during the previous year.

Most of the increase was the result of stimulus funds received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, said Robert P. Heaney, M.D., Creighton vice president for research. He noted that grants from all federal government sources accounted for $25.7 million of the 2009-10 awards.

“Creighton has long been recognized for the outstanding, values-based education it affords our students. Less well recognized is the University’s groundbreaking research in such areas as hereditary cancer, osteoporosis, vitamin D, and high-energy physics”, Heaney said. “This year’s increase in funding, in what is acknowledged to be a fiscally tough climate, is clear evidence both of Creighton’s research expertise and the university’s commitment to knowledge generation in all the fields in which it teaches.”

The Creighton Health Sciences Schools, including dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and health professions, received the most funding with $35.8 million from all grant sources. Funded projects included:

- Installation of solar panels and wind turbines to support a new educational initiative

- Study of the relationship between Vitamin D and cancer risk reduction

- Investigation of possible new drug therapies for treating HIV

- Identification of better therapeutic approaches to prevent stroke