Duke Neurosurgery Now Third Highest in NIH Funding


The Duke Department of Neurosurgery has been ranked third nationally for neurosurgery research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 2017, with a total of $6,749,755.

In addition, Chair John Sampson, MD, PhD, was once again the top-funded principal investigator nationally among 208 neurosurgery researchers, attracting $5,661,636 in grant funding, according to annual figures from the NIH.    

Last year, the department was ranked sixth for NIH grant funding among clinical neurosurgery departments. There were 47 departments on both lists for 2016 and 2017.   

Securing these highly competitive funds is one of the strongest indicators of the quality of a department’s research. “Duke Neurosurgery’s performance in NIH funding is a direct reflection of our bright and passionate faculty and staff,” says Sampson. “It is a testament to the progress we are making toward understanding the diseases of the nervous system – progress that ultimately benefits our patients and patients all over the world.”

The NIH is the largest public source of funding for biomedical research in the world, investing more than $32 billion a year to researchers in every U.S state and around the globe.

University and clinical department rankings of NIH funding are compiled by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research, based on the most current NIH figures.


Source: brimr.org
John Sampson in lab

John Sampson, MD, PhD, chair of the Duke Department of Neurosurgery, was once again the top-funded principal investigator in neurosurgery by the NIH. Sampson’s research laboratory is actively investigating immunotherapy and new modalities of precision drug delivery to brain tumor tissue while avoiding healthy tissue.