KANSAS CITY, KAN. During the past five years, research dollars at the Kansas University Medical Center have increased from about $10 million to a figure that will approach $30 million this year, the dean of graduate studies and research said recently.
A.L. Chapman, dean of graduate studies and research at KUMC, said that figure encompasses all parts of the med center the schools of medicine, nursing and allied health.
Chapman said about $20 million comes from federal funds, primarily from the National Institutes of Health. The balance, he said, is from private funding sources.
Fiscal year '90 research dollars at KUMC totaled $26,515,737.
The increase in research dollars is the result of efforts by the faculty and an increase in dollars per grant, Chapman said, adding that dollars per grant have increased largely because of inflation.
KUMC has about 200 individual grants, most ranging from $80,000 to $120,000, Chapman said. Some of the med center's principal investigators have multiple grants.
"Essentially, all of our faculty are involved in research," Chapman said, adding that the school is trying to beef up clinical research.
Basic science faculty, Chapman said, dedicate most of their time to teaching and research, but for faculty on the clinical side of the med center, "service clearly is a major emphasis."
To boost research on the clinical side, the med center is setting up a new division of clinical research.
"Its purpose will be to coordinate and enhance clinical research," Chapman said.