U.S. News & World Report has named UCI one of the top 10 public universities in America for the sixth consecutive year, and UCI Medical Center one of America’s best hospitals for the 20th consecutive year. UCI Medical Center is the only Orange County hospital to consistently rank among the nation’s best medical facilities.
From cutting-edge research and clinical trials focused on cancer care to creating a new center devoted to protecting personal data privacy, UCI researchers are continuing to be recognized for their outstanding work.
UCI has also been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic since the crisis first began. As one of the nation’s premier research universities, UCI Health clinicians were poised to quickly begin working on possible treatments to tame the deadly virus.
Last summer, the UCI Center for Clinical Research opened, which launched a new era in UCI Health’s efforts to expand access to breakthrough therapies by accelerating clinical trials – research studies seeking ways to prevent, detect and treat diseases. Within weeks of the Coronavirus being declared a global pandemic, UCI Health became one of the first designated sites in the country to start conducting research into the utility of remdesivir – an investigational, broad-spectrum antiviral medication – as a potential therapy for COVID-19.
Recently, UCI announced that the university’s researchers had received the most funding in campus history with an impressive $529 million in grants and contracts. That’s 20 percent more than the previous year.
Vice Chancellor of Research, Pramod Khargonekar, participated in a podcast to discuss how UCI has become such a research powerhouse. To listen to the podcast, click here.