UI Health Care adds $100 million to research

In an effort to leverage more funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as recruit new faculty, University of Iowa Health Care is investing an additional $100 million in its research enterprise over the next five years.

“Our goal is to build on our strong historic foundation of excellence by investing in growth and development, effectively establishing the ‘next generation’ of world-class researchers here within UI Health Care, leading the way to groundbreaking discoveries in the years to come,” Jean Robillard, MD (’74 F), UI vice president for medical affairs, announced in June.

Lab ResearcherUI Health Care is especially interested in attracting new faculty with existing NIH funding who conceivably would have a dual appointment in the UI Carver College of Medicine and another UI college. Particularly attractive would be recruits whose research falls within emerging fields of study and major interdisciplinary programs of research in the Carver College of Medicine. Also eligible for the new funds are current medicine faculty involved in “leading-edge, high-risk, high-reward research,” who need additional resources to secure NIH grants.

A group of faculty leaders in basic science and clinical departments will recommend candidates to Robillard and Debra Schwinn, MD, dean of the Carver College of Medicine. The college traditionally spends about $70 million a year to subsidize research.