The UNC School of Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of North Carolinians and others we serve. One of the ways that we accomplish this is through excellence in research and its translation to patient care.
That’s why I was pleased to learn about pending legislation known as “21st Century Cures,” which would increase research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by $8.75 billion nationally over the next five years.
I’m proud to say that UNC Chapel Hill has received more financial support from the NIH than has been given to any other institution in the state.
Thanks to funding from organizations like the NIH, we’ve conducted groundbreaking research, bringing us closer than ever to finding a cure for HIV and developing a real-time map of the human cell cycle. That money not only helps scientists discover cures for diseases, but it plays a major role in making the state a global leader in the biopharma and biotechnology industries.
Investments in the School are also investments in the future of our state, of course, because many of the outstanding medical students who graduate each year become the next generation of North Carolina’s physicians.