In an announcement today, Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia and Director of the New York State Psyciatric Institute, reported that the department earned the most National Institutes of Health-funded grants, more than any other department of psychiatry in the nation, for the year 2007.
"This is first time that we have had the number one ranking in recent memory and this is a spectacular achievement. This clearly reflects the extraordinary ability and productivity of our faculty at Columbia and the Psychiatric Institute, and the progress that we have made in recent years," said Dr. Lieberman.
"I want to express my pride and appreciation to our talented faculty for all of their hard work and dedication. I also want to commend Dr. John Mann for his leadership as Vice Chair and Director of Research overseeing many of the services which support our research programs; Janelle Dierkens and Jonny Segal for their direction of the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene and Columbia Business Offices, which provide grant support and process our numerous applications; and David Strauss for his leadership of the IRB which reviews and monitors our human research protocols," he added. "Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the numerous staff and clinical and support services that are the foundation of our research enterprise and enable us to function so successfully. Although each grant award has a single PI, it is truly a team effort that has enabled us to achieve this remarkable milestone."