UCSF School of Nursing Continues to Lead in Research Funding

NIH 2019 recipients
Clockwise: Christine Miaskowski, Sandra Weiss, Van Ta Park, Abbey Alkon and Glenn-Milo Santos were among the school faculty receiving NIH awards in 2019. 

By Katherine Tam

The UCSF School of Nursing captured $10.4 million in federal National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in 2019 — a nearly 15 percent increase from the previous year — to fuel research that advances human health and the health of communities.

The School ranked No. 3 out of more than 70 nursing schools nationwide, according to the new 2019 rankings compiled by the independent Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research based on NIH data.

The top three ranked schools each garnered more than $10 million in NIH funding. The UCSF School of Nursing closely followed University of Pennsylvania, which ranked first with $11.3 million, and University of Washington, which ranked second with $10.9 million.

Among public nursing institutions, UCSF ranked No. 2 nationwide.

School faculty use NIH funding to expand our understanding of complex diseases, aging, depression and dementia, and other health issues, and to address health disparities through policy. The total amount garnered in NIH grants and contracts in 2019 substantially exceeded the $9.1 million the School secured in 2018.

“Our continued ranking as one of the leaders in NIH funding is a reflection of both the expertise and the drive of our researchers,” said UCSF School of Nursing Dean Catherine L. Gilliss, PhD, RN, FAAN. “From cancer and Alzheimer’s to substance use and pesticides, the research our faculty are engaged in aims to improve and transform health care for all.”

Top UCSF School of Nursing Recipients of NIH Funds in 2019

Recipient Total NIH Funding Project(s)
Christine Miaskowski $1,711,977

Biomarker and Phenotypic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Lymphedema; Impact of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus in Cancer Survivors

Van Ta Park


Collaborative Approach for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Research and Education (CARE) in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Sandra Weiss $1,119,717 Antenatal Corticosteroids; Maternal Depression and Preterm Infant Stress Response; Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science
Abbey Alkon $746,526

Reducing Pesticide Exposures to Preschool-Age Children in California Child Care Centers

Glenn-Milo Santos $717,756

The A-HACK Project: Addressing Heavy Alcohol Consumption With Kudzu; Treatment with Lorcaserin for Cocaine Use: The TLC Study

Mica Estrada


Studying Inclusive Mentor Networks to Diversify the Biomedical Workforce

Ruth Malone


Tobacco Retail Policy Innovation to Reduce Health Disparities

Kord Kober


An Investigation of the Molecular Mechanisms for and Prediction of the Severity of Cancer Chemotherapy-Related Fatigue Using a Multi-staged Integrated Omics Approach

Barbara Koenig


Precision Genomics in the WISDOM Pragmatic Clinical Trial: An 'Embedded' ELSI Study of Risk-based Breast Cancer Screening

Jenny Liu


Reaching Adolescent Girls and Young Women through Girl-Friendly Drug Vendors

Elena Portacolone $224,929 Identifying Scalable and Culturally Relevant Strategies for Recruitment of African Americans With Cognitive Impairment Into Dementia Research; Living Alone in Older Age With Cognitive Impairment
Annesa Flentje


Gene Expression Outcomes in Interventions for Substance Using HIV+ Minority Men

Elena Flowers


Evaluating Longitudinal Relationships Between Circulating MicroRNAs and Risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Responses to Behavioral Interventions

Emily Tuthill


Understanding the Role of Food Insecurity and Depression in Non-Adherence to Option B+ Among Perinatal Kenyan Women Living With HIV: A Syndemics Approach

Cherry Leung


Gut Microbiota, Inflammation and Adolescent Depressive Symptoms

Kristen Clark


The Relationship of Stressors in Health Care to Emotional and Physical Symptoms Experienced by Marginalized People

(Date Posted: April 2, 2020)