UMMC honored its 2016 Excellence in Research Awards recipients Nov. 9 in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union.
Held annually, the ceremony recognizes faculty members for their achievements in gaining outside funding. The award levels - platinum, gold, silver and bronze - are based on the cumulative amount of extramural funding received by the investigator for their original research.
The 26 medallion recipients, including three platinum, 10 gold, five silver and eight bronze, tied with 2014 for the largest group of awardees. Their successes have brought in a cumulative $34 million in research funding for the Medical Center.
Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, noted recent successes in basic, clinical and translational research and credited them in part to UMMC's work environment.
“[At UMMC] we have freedom of thought…and freedom to nurture and foster our own ideas,” Summers said, referring to a conversation he had with the late Dr. Arthur Guyton.
The rest of the credit, Summers said, goes to the people who make it happen: UMMC's researchers, staff and students.
For the second year, the Office of Research also granted Discovery Awards. These peer-nominated and reviewed awards recognize early-career investigators, meritorious research service and translational research. The event also recognized this year's patent recipients.
“Our aim as researchers is to discover,” Summers said, “and some of our greatest discoveries at UMMC were not funded by grants.”