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CTSI: University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)

UMB is the state's only public academic health and law university devoted to education, research, patient care, and public service. On its 61-acre campus, more than 5,400 students attend the 7 UMB professional schools. Also on the UMB campus is UMMC, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the BVAMC, the UM Institute of Human Virology, and the Institute of Genome Sciences (formerly TIGR). The growth of sponsored research at UMB has been remarkable in the last decade, now $567 million in 2010, representing a 20% increase since 2009 (Figure 1.1). This funding growth has resulted in the building of significant new research space (such as the 125,596 sf Health Sciences Facilities I and II); investment of indirect cost dollars in research; recruitment of outstanding, funded research faculty; strengthening of the existing research infrastructure; and development and expansion of interdisciplinary Organized Research Centers that serve as bridges between traditional basic and clinical academic departments as well as community stakeholders, advocacy groups, and foundations. The growth in numbers of patents issued to our faculty has been dramatic over the past 15 years. In 2009, UM filed 170 new patent applications and 40 new patents were awarded. Currently 65% of these are under development by industry, establishing UM as a regional hub for life sciences entrepreneurship.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (SOM)

Established in 1807, The School of Medicine is the first public and the fifth oldest medical school in the United States, and the first to institute a residency training program. The School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland and today is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. On the University of Maryland’s Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine serves as the anchor for a large academic health center which aims to provide the best medical education, conduct the most innovative biomedical research and provide the best patient care and community service to Maryland and beyond. While its tradition of excellence remains constant, the School of Medicine and its reputation for academic achievement continue to grow.

The research productivity of the faculty is among the highest in the country, and the School of Medicine remains among the fastest growing research enterprises in the country. Total grants and contracts to the school of Medicine were $429.9 million in FY12. Among all medical schools, the School of Medicine ranks 8th in direct expenditures per principal investigator, according to Association for American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The School of Medicine ranks 16th in direct grants and contract expenditures among all 138 medical schools. The School of Medicine ranks 6th among all 76 public medical schools.

The School of Medicine has more than 2,800 faculty members (full-time, part-time and adjunct); 3,300 administrative, research and clinical staff; and maintains a current enrollment of over 1,200 medical, graduate and allied health students. The School of Medicine and its clinical partner, the University of Maryland Medical Center, educate and train many of the state of Maryland’s medical professionals; continuing education programs serve more than 5,000 physicians and other health professionals annually.

The University of Maryland School of Dentistry (SOD)

The SOD was established in 1840 and has the distinction of being the first dental college in the world. The UM SOD ranks 4th of all dental schools in the country in NIH funding ($15 million in 2010). The SOD’s strong, well-funded programs include research in pain and neuroscience, molecular and cell biology, and infectious diseases. SOD faculty also pursue research in dental materials, clinical trials, practice administration, quality assurance, behavioral sciences, geriatric dentistry, dental delivery systems, and oral health policy. To advance its mission in patient care and research, SOD researchers have multiple collaborations with colleagues at the SOM, the BVAMC, and the Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, the SOD moved into a new $142 million state-of-the-art building on the UMB campus that has continued to sustain its growth in research, education and patient care.

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (SOP)

The SOP, founded in 1841, is the fourth oldest school of pharmacy in the nation. It is ranked 9th among all pharmacy schools in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. Their mission is to lead pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in the state of Maryland and beyond. In 2010, SOP grant awards totaled $17 million. The SOP includes 3 departments: (1) Pharmacy Practice and Science, which generates and disseminates new knowledge related to pharmacy practice and drug use; (2) Pharmaceutical Sciences, which conducts research and discovery in the areas of cellular and chemical biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, pharmacogenomics, biopharmaceuticals, and drug delivery; and (3) Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, which provides teaching, service, and scholarly activities related to the behavioral sciences, pharmacoeconomics, pharmacoepidemiology, and regulatory issues. In October 2010, the SOP opened a new 112,656 sf seven-story building adjacent to Pharmacy Hall that includes state-of-the-art lecture halls, patient interaction suite, and four floors of space dedicated to clinical and translational research. This new space poises the SOP for dramatic expansion of their research portfolio in pharmacogenetics, nanomedicine, and drug discovery.

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (SON)

The SON was established in 1889 and today the facility is recognized as a model for the integration of research, teaching, and practice. The mission of the UM SON is to shape the profession of nursing by developing nursing leaders in education, research, and practice. In 2009, the SON was ranked 7th among nursing schools in the country. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral programs. Research areas of excellence include work and health research, disorders of neuroregulatory function, palliative care, and cardiovascular health and aging. In these areas, UM SON has built collaborative, participatory networks with other disciplines, organizations, and communities. External grants and contracts awarded to the school to support research, service, and training totaled $14.1 million in 2010. The UM SON occupies a new $38 million facility on the UMB campus with 154,000 sf of teaching, research, and laboratory space.

The University of Maryland School of Social Work (SOSW)

The SOSW is ranked 18th and is among the largest schools of social work in North America. Its mission is to develop leaders and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities at risk. The school offers students the opportunity to specialize in families and children, mental health, substance abuse, occupational health, aging, social and community development, or an individualized specialization while concentrating in clinical, community organization and development, human services management. Faculty research is focused in the areas of homelessness, HIV/AIDS, mental health care for foster children, psychological aspects of genetic disorders, the impact of cancer, inter-country and cross-cultural adoption, single parents, kinship care, the impact of changes in welfare regulations, and the effects of cultural diversity training on the workplace. In 2010, SOSW faculty members were awarded $15 million in grants and contracts. A number of innovative programs connect SOSW bidirectionally with the community. The Community Outreach Partnership Centers program enables colleges and universities to engage in outreach and applied research activities that address problems of urban areas. The Family Connections program helps bring families and communities together by combining service, education, and research to promote safety and well being for children, families, and communities. Promise Heights is a comprehensive child, family and community building model in West Baltimore that provides children with educational, social, physical, and economic opportunities allowing them to thrive and succeed in work and family life. The Maryland Public Allies Chapter delivers innovative forms of public service throughout Maryland by providing leadership experiences and training to a diverse group of young future leaders. These innovative programs establish UM as an integral part of its community and will serve as the foundation for bidirectional UM ICTS community-based clinical and translational research.

The University of Maryland School of Law (SOL)

The UM SOL was established in 1816 and is the third-oldest law school in the nation. Located in the Nathan Patz Law Center, a state-of-the-art 170,000 sf facility opened in 2002, its mission is to promote a more just society by educating outstanding lawyers, by advancing understanding of law and legal institutions, and by enhancing access to justice. The School of Law's experiential programs are among the most extensive in the country, offering its approximately 837 students interdisciplinary specialty certificates in Environmental Law and Law and Health Care. Other programs include Advocacy, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Business Law, Clinical Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International and Comparative Law, and joint degree programs with other UMB campus professional schools including J.D/MPH, JD/MS in Toxicology Risk Assessment and Environmental Law, and JD/MS in Nursing. Faculty interests related to health are extensive. The Law and Health Care Program is ranked 2nd in the country in U.S. News and World Report with special interests in insurance to uncovered populations, physician-assisted suicide, the use of genetic information, and racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care. Other UM SOL programs that interface with health and medicine are the Center for Health and Homeland Security, Legal Resource Center for Tobacco Regulation, Litigation and Advocacy, and the Environmental Law Program.

The University of Maryland School of Graduate Studies (SGS)

The SGS offers 27 masters and/or PhD degree programs in health, physical, biomedical, medical, and social sciences, as well as joint degrees programs, including the MD/PhD, DDS/PhD, PharmD/PhD, MD/BIOE, MD/MPH, MD/MPP, MD/MBA, and DDS/MS. The SGS is the largest professional schools in Baltimore. Of the 1,504 SGS students enrolled in degree programs in fall 2008, 22% were members of underrepresented minorities and 81% were women.

University of Maryland BioPark

The UM BioPark is a rapidly expanding innovation cluster in the heart of the UMB campus. Launched five years ago, the BioPark now includes three new research buildings totaling 470,000 sf and housing over 500 workers. The BioPark includes a BioInnovation Center for start-up companies based on technologies developed at UMB and JHU. Companies in the BioPark are developing new therapies for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, tuberculosis, head and neck cancer, and pancreatic cancer, a diagnostic for malaria, and a needle-less injection device. The BioPark is also home to leading contract research organizations, as well as manufacturing biologic therapeutics. In 2010, one of these companies, Paragon Bioservices is helping to manufacture a shigella vaccine which was developed by UMB’s Center for Vaccine Development. The clinical trials for the vaccine will be conducted by another company in the BioPark, SNBL. UMB is actively engaged in putting these consortiums together and managing them to ensure that the science moves forward. The BioPark is also home to the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, which has more than 200 students pursuing MBAs. Increasingly, students are pursuing joint degrees with each of UMB’s professional schools. In addition, the Smith School of Business’ Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is assisting BioPark companies develop business plans and secure seed capital.