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Emory Department of Pediatrics Ranks #1 in NIH Funding

Dear Friends,

It is with great pride and excitement that I share with you the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research has ranked Emory University’s Department of Pediatrics (DOP), the primary academic partner of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, No. 1 in the country for receiving the most federal research dollars from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2020 for pediatrics departments! This is truly an honor and reflection of the hard work you put into research and helping to advance medical discoveries every day.

The Emory DOP received more than $97 million in NIH funds enabling advances to fight childhood diseases and work on cures such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, cancer and blood disorders, cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, autism and more.

Some recent NIH-funded projects include: Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) projects, Sickle cell disease Treatment with Arginine Therapy (STArT) trial and establishing the Georgia Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Center.

There are many highlights to recognize in 2020 including:

  • More than 1,500 active studies and more than 1,700 publications were submitted by Children’s and Emory researchers.
  • The DOP has 18 investigators listed as each receiving $1 million or more in NIH funding.
  • The total extramural funding for the DOP was $111.8 million.

We have remained in the top five rankings since 2016. This is a testament to how far we’ve come since being ranked No. 49 in 2004!

I hope you know how proud I am of our department and I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you for your commitment to pediatric health research.


Lucky Jain, MD, MBA
Chief Academic Officer
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
George W. Brumley Jr. Professor and Chair
Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics