The College of Nursing has retained its number two ranking in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

“In this challenging climate of competition for NIH research funding, we are proud to retain our second place ranking among superb peer schools,” said Dean Terri E. Weaver. “It reflects the unwavering commitment of UIC nursing faculty to pursue new knowledge for improved health care.”

NIH LogoNearly $7.45 million in training grants, fellowships, contracts and other awards were conferred to the college in 2014.

The college has a national reputation in research programs in the areas of health promotion and disease prevention; symptom management and quality of life; end-of-life palliative care; innovations in health information technologies; health disparities and health equity; pregnancy outcomes, infant health/prematurity and healthy families; and sexual minority health.

Two well-established research centers are housed at the college. The Center for Narcolepsy, Sleep and Health Research, led by David Carley, professor of biobehavioral health sciences, is dedicated to the education that good sleep improves, preserves and promotes better health.

The Center for End-of-Life Transition Research emphasizes patient-centered, family-focused respectful death with planning for end-of-life care that is consistent with the values and priorities of patients and familes (awareness about ways people die and advance care planning), and expected death experiences (palliative care, approaching dying, and bereavement). The Center is led by Diana Wilkie, Harriet H. Werley Endowed Chair for Nursing Research.

The University of California San Francisco ranked ahead of UIC in NIH funding. New York University, University of Washington, Johns Hopkins University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Duke University and Emory University rounded out the top 10.