Xavier University ranks among the top 20 U.S. colleges of pharmacy in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, a jump from 58th a year before. The annual rankings by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy include 109 schools.
Dr. Kathleen Kennedy, dean of the College of Pharmacy, credits the increased funding with the school's efforts to expand from training pharmacists to cultivating research in areas including cancer, nanoscience and minority health disparities. In 2002, the College of Pharmacy established the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education (CMHDRE), which helps with research infrastructure and works with partners to educate the community about health topics including diabetes, heart disease, nutrition, men's and women's health and cancer.
In 2007, Xavier established a Center for Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery, which has received more than $6 million from state and federal agencies to develop pharmaceuticals.
This year, Xavier's College of Pharmacy received a $10 million grant over five years to help establish a Center for Cancer Research.