The college continues to climb in NIH funding among peer schools and is ranked ninth in NIH funding among public universities, based on the most recent data available. The rise in research awards has been accompanied by the publication of scientific findings of major significance.
These include the work of Krista Vandenborne, Ph.D., P.T., distinguished professor chair of physical therapy, who played a major role in a study of the drug edasalonexent, which was shown to slow the progression of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She uses MRI to measure the earliest changes in muscle integrity, providing rapid feedback for clinical trials and setting the standard for measuring muscle changes in this disease.
John Lednicky, Ph.D., a research professor in environmental and global health, and colleagues made several discoveries, including evidence of Zika transmission through breast milk, a new “American” strain of chikungunya in mosquitos in Haiti, the first live case of Keystone virus in a human and detection of Madariaga virus in a Venezuelan child.