School of Pharmacy Researchers Among Nation’s Best
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School of Pharmacy Researchers Among Nation’s Best

The school ranks in the top 25 for research funding among accredited U.S. pharmacy schools.

Written by Mark Hendricks

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy has ranked the 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, ranking them 24th nationally among accredited U.S. pharmacy schools.

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.”

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.

The 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.

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School of Pharmacy
School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy was established in 1996 and now has campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, Dallas and Abilene. Since its inception, the school has played a significant role in addressing the state's pharmacist shortage. Today, more than 90 percent of its graduates remain in Texas.

The school requires its students to complete more clinical training hours than any other pharmacy in the country, making its students some of the most sought after pharmacy graduates.