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Riley Research Rises

Riley Research

The IU School of Medicine and its leadership teams have announced a record-setting year in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Notably, the Department of Pediatrics accounts for $29 million, about 15 percent, of the school’s total NIH funding.

This leap means that Riley/IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is now sixth in the nation for federal funding among all departments of pediatrics. Philanthropic support from Riley Children’s Foundation donors has played a significant role in this growth. In 2019, Riley Children’s Foundation granted $14.5 million to The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Riley Hospital's research facility. Pediatric Research and Patient Care remains the top fundraising priority of Be the Hope NOW: The Campaign for Kids.

"We could not have achieved this much growth so rapidly without our generous and visionary donors," said D. Wade Clapp, M.D., Chairman of Pediatrics for Indiana University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. "Donor support has enabled us to recruit world-class investigators and fund their exploratory work that leads to larger grants. These gifts are leading to tangible progress in pediatric medicine, which translates to young lives saved and better quality of life for survivors of childhood disease."

This announcement signifies a strong confidence in the data, methodologies, partnerships and progress that are cultivated in the Riley/Wells Center workspaces and exemplifies IU School of Medicine as a national leader in the field of pediatric research.

Riley Children’s Foundation extends gratitude to every donor and staff member who has contributed to this tremendous milestone.