UNMC sets record with extramural research funding

by Kalani Simpson, UNMC public relations | January 15, 2020

Image with caption: Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor for research

Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor for research

UNMC again set a new record for extramural research award dollars, hauling in just over $138 million for fiscal year 2019.

It's a 2 percent increase from the previous year's record total, which was itself a 15.8 percent jump.

Jennifer Larsen, M.D., vice chancellor for research, said, "This steady upward trend, in a time of fiscal uncertainty for research, shows how we continue to recruit outstanding scientific talent to UNMC and our existing faculty continue to grow in their research funding success, as well."

The FY 2019 research dollars included a 13.3 percent funding increase awarded to the College of Medicine. And, College of Nursing had an eye-popping 30.5 percent increase from the previous fiscal year.

A few highlights include:

  • Jennie Hill, Ph.D., associate professor of epidemiology, College of Public Health, $748,116 (part of five-year, $2.49 million, split with the University of Nebraska at Kearney) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for "Translating Efficacious Pediatric Weight Management Interventions into Rural and Micropolitan Communities."
  • Amy Hoffman, Ph.D., professor of nursing, $583,281 (five-year, $2.8 million) National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant for "Managing Fatigue Using Virtual Reality for Post-Operative Lung Cancer Patients."
  • Tony Wilson, Ph.D., professor of neurological sciences, had three new grants totaling $4,296,741 (five years, $13.5 million) focused on how different methods of neuroimaging help us understand and characterize brain functions.


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