Newswise — DALLAS – May 24, 2019 – For a second consecutive year, UT Southwestern Medical Center is the top institution internationally within the “healthcare” category for publishing high-quality scientific research, according to the recently released Nature Index 2019 Annual Tables.

Ongoing support from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, along with the state of Texas, foundations, individuals, and corporations, provides nearly $470 million annually to fund research at UT Southwestern, which also ranked globally among the top 25 biomedical institutions and among the top 25 academic institutions, according to the 2019 Nature Index listings. Other peer institutions on the global listings include Harvard, Stanford, Yale, MIT, and the National Institutes of Health in the United States, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China, the University of Oxford in England, and the Max Planck Society in Germany.

“This respected ranking reflects UT Southwestern’s consistent strength in publishing research that advances our scientific understanding of disease at the biological, cellular, and molecular levels, which is fundamental to illuminating viable pathways to propel therapeutic treatments,” said Dr. W. P. Andrew Lee, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean, UT Southwestern Medical School, who holds the Atticus James Gill, M.D. Chair in Medical Science. “Faculty success evolves from UT Southwestern’s emphasis on cultivating an atmosphere of rigorous science through multidisciplinary collaboration where scientists can perform at their best.”

UT Southwestern faculty members have received six Nobel Prizes, and its faculty includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 15 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, and two recipients of the prestigious Breakthrough Prize. The Medical Center houses one of HHMI’s 12 principal laboratories nationwide, has four HHMI Faculty Scholars on campus, and has more than 100 early career researchers, who have come to UT Southwestern through the Medical Center’s acclaimed Endowed Scholars Program in Medical Science, subsequently establishing themselves as leaders in their fields.

“Research is conducted every day in hundreds of labs across campus, in which established faculty members, early career researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students work tirelessly to discover the underlying causes of disease and ways in which we can improve health and extend life,” said Dr. David Russell, Vice Provost and Dean of Research, who holds the Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics.

UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, with more than 950 predoctoral and postdoctoral students, educates biomedical scientists, engineers, clinical researchers, and counselors. The Graduate School has two Divisions: Basic Science and Clinical Science, which together offer 12 programs leading to the Ph.D. degree – Biological Chemistry; Biomedical Engineering; Cancer Biology; Cell and Molecular Biology; Clinical Psychology; Genetics, Development and Disease; Immunology; Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Biophysics; Molecular Microbiology; Neuroscience; and Organic Chemistry. In addition, an M.S. degree and graduate certificate are offered in Clinical Science.

UTSW Nature Index Highlights

The Nature Index 2019 rankings include primary research articles published in a group of 82 high-quality science journals selected by a panel of active scientists, independently of Nature Research to reflect a consensus of the upper echelon of journals. More information about the Nature Index can be found on its FAQ page. Among the 2019 Nature Index listings, UT Southwestern highlights include:

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North America Listings

*Fractional count takes into account the percentage of authors from that institution and the number of affiliated institutions per article.

**Article count indicates one or more authors of the research article are from that institution or country.

About UT Southwestern Medical Center

UT Southwestern, one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation, integrates pioneering biomedical research with exceptional clinical care and education. The institution’s faculty has received six Nobel Prizes, and includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Medicine, and 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. The full-time faculty of more than 2,500 is responsible for groundbreaking medical advances and is committed to translating science-driven research quickly to new clinical treatments. UT Southwestern physicians provide care in about 80 specialties to more than 105,000 hospitalized patients, nearly 370,000 emergency room cases, and oversee approximately 3 million outpatient visits a year.

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