UArizona College of Pharmacy Rankings Jump to No. Eight by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

College advanced 20 spots in the last year based on significant increase in research funding.
"We are confident we will continue to improve our ranking because of our talented researchers who are tenaciously pursuing new discoveries,"

(November 8, 2019)

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy has been ranked eighth in the nation by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy based on grants and contracts awarded by the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2018.

This represents a significant jump for the college, which advanced 20 spots in one year.

"Research is a central component of the college’s mission and strategic plan,” said Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, dean of the UArizona College of Pharmacy. “We are recruiting new faculty members and expanding our physical footprint with the renovation of the Skaggs Pharmaceutical Sciences Center. These efforts will position the college to continue to contribute new knowledge to science, health care, drug discovery and more.”

The college received more than $12.76 million from NIH agencies, including the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute, among others. This is in addition to the significant funding that comes from non-federal grants and other federal agencies.

Major new awards during that period funded such research efforts as:

  • Exploring new treatment options for the common cold and asthma
  • Understanding cellular responses to environmental exposures
  • Repurposing a common over-the-counter medication to treat non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Continued research, community outreach and pilot studies in environmental health sciences through the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center
  • Identifying key events that influence a specific type of lung toxicity, as well as identifying those who may be most as risk

A new rankings report will be distributed in early 2020 for fiscal year 2019.

“We are confident we will continue to improve our ranking because of our talented researchers who are tenaciously pursuing new discoveries," Dr. Schnellmann said.