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TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Researchers Ranked Among Nation's Best

In its latest report on research funding, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy ranked the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) School of Pharmacy among the top pharmaceutical research programs in the country.

TTUHSC pharmacy researchers received more than $6.2 million in combined research grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and all other federal and non-federal funding sources in 2012, ranking them 24th nationally among accredited U.S. pharmacy schools.

TTUHSC President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D., said the School of Pharmacy has a proud tradition of providing a high-quality education for their students.

“The most recent NIH rankings confirm what we’ve known for many years—our pharmacy school scientists are dedicated professionals striving to expand knowledge in the area of pharmaceutical sciences for the betterment of society,” Mitchell said. “Our school is one of the nation’s best in scientific research, making our students some of the most highly sought after graduates in their field.”

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Dean Quentin Smith, Ph.D., said the national recognition is validation for the hard work by faculty, staff and students to further medical advances to better treat diseases like cancer and vascular disease.

“This survey ranks our school in the top 20 percent of the 124 accredited colleges and schools of pharmacy in the United States, which is an incredible achievement for a school less than 20 years old,” Smith said.

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy ranked 35th in total NIH funding with more than $2.75 million, seventh in funding from all other federal sources ($1.6 million) and ninth in non-federal funding ($1.9 million). TTUHSC researchers are utilizing these funds for the discovery of new gene therapies; treatments for a wide range of diseases, including afflictions of the brain, pancreatic and colon cancers; and the development of new drugs and deliveries for stroke victims and those with hypertension.

Founded in 1996, the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy has campuses in Amarillo, Abilene, Dallas and Lubbock. In addition to its Doctor of Pharmacy Program, the school offers masters and doctorate degrees in pharmacology through the Graduate Program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, which is a part of the TTUHSC Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The graduate program is designed to train students for careers in the pharmaceutical industry, academia and governmental agencies.