This year, eight departments at the Keck School of Medicine of USC ranked in the top 10 in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding in their fields, an increase from six departments last year.

“The past year was extremely challenging for research as it has been for so many things,” noted Tom Buchanan, MD, professor of medicine, the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Medicine and the school’s vice dean for research. “I am really proud of the way our researchers responded by competing so successfully for NIH funding.”

Three departments — the Department of OphthalmologyPopulation and Public Health Sciences and the Catherine and Joseph Aresty Department of Urology — were all ranked No. 2 on the list.

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