March 4, 2020

OHIO STATE NIH RESEARCH FUNDING GROWS, JUMPS NINE PLACES IN NATIONAL RANKINGS 
The Ohio State University ranks 36th in the country for research funding from the National Institutes of Health, up nine spots from last year. In 2019, total grant awards from the National Institutes of Health to the university rose approximately $40 million to $209.8 million, according to methodology by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. This annual analysis includes research and development contracts given to Ohio State health sciences colleges including the College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health and College of Veterinary Medicine. College of Medicine funding increased by $37 million to $137 million, raising its ranking six places from 48 to 42. Four of its research programs have top 20 rankings: Surgery, Physiology, Emergency Medicine and Otolaryngology. The National Institutes of Health is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, supporting research and training the next generation of research investigators. 


PAPADIMOS WINS FULBRIGHT AWARD
The Fulbright Program awarded Dr. Tom Papadimos, clinical professor of anesthesiology in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, with a Fulbright Award to Greece. Dr. Papadimos will use the grant to serve the academic partnership with the University of Athens’ Department of Anesthesiology. The partnership was created in the aftermath of the Greek government-debt crisis, when hundreds of thousands of well-educated Greeks fled the country, leading Dr. Papadimos to reach out and offer aid. The Fulbright Program is devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright is the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program.


$3.1 MILLION NIH GRANT FUNDS STUDY OF LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT IN DEAF CHILDREN WITH COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
Researchers at The Ohio State University College of Medicine received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate how speech develops in deaf children with cochlear implants. Principal investigator Derek Houston, associate professor of otolaryngology, and Irina Castillanos, assistant professor of otolaryngology, will explore parent-child social interactions in deaf children with cochlear implants and how these interactions facilitate or hinder word learning and language outcomes. Because social interactions may be malleable, the knowledge gained from this project could lead to the development of novel intervention studies aimed at enhancing language development in deaf children who receive cochlear implants.


OHIO STATE DOCTORS RECEIVE AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE 
The Ohio Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians (Ohio ACEP) recognized three emergency medicine physicians at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for excellence in emergency medicine. Dr. Emily Kauffman is the 2020 Emergency Medicine Physician of the Year, Dr. Colin Kaide received the 2020 Emergency Physician Medical Education award and Dr. Eric Adkins received the 2020 Emergency Physician Leadership award. Ohio ACEP, a state medical specialty society with more than 1,500 members, advances excellence in emergency care and advocates for emergency physicians, their patients and the health of the community. 


OHIO STATE WEXNER MEDICAL CENTER RECOGNIZED AS TREE CAMPUS HEALTHCARE FACILITY
The Arbor Day Foundation has named The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a Tree Campus Healthcare facility. This program aims to transform community health and wellness and ultimately save lives through the health benefits provided by trees, as well as recognize healthcare intuitions that make an impact on wellness through tree planting, education and community management. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is among the first participants to earn recognition in the Foundation’s first year of the program. To receive this recognition, Ohio State met five program standards: have an advisory committee, facility tree care plan, community forestry project, a celebration event and a financial investment toward a tree care plan or projects.


OHIO STATE NEPHROLOGIST LEADS AMERICAN SOCIETY OF DIAGNOSTIC AND INTERVENTIONAL NEPHROLOGY 
Dr. Anil Agarwal is president of the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN). ASDIN works to promote excellence in dialysis access care to improve outcomes for patients with kidney disease. Dr. Agarwal, professor of internal medicine, previously served as president-elect. His tenure as president ends in 2022.


OHIO STATE CENTER FOR BIOETHICS TO HOST CONFERENCE ON MEDICINE AND RELIGION 
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Center for Bioethics will host the “Conference on Medicine and Religion”, an annual national conference for discourse and scholarships where the conventionalities of medicine and religion intertwine. It enables health professionals and scholars to gain a deeper and more practical understanding of how religion relates to the practice of medicine, with particular attention to the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The conference will be March 22-24, 2020.

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Media Contact: Alexis Shaw, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, Alexis.Shaw2@osumc.edu 
 

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