According to numbers put together in August by the University of California, San Francisco, its School of Medicine’s fiscal 1988 support from the National Institutes of Health had reached the $110 million level While the official total for the year will he made by NIH, UCSF’s preliminary reckoning shows an $8 million increase in NIH support compared with last year.

This in-house figure, however, suffices as a strong indication that UCSF will rank first among U.S. medical schools in NIH awards, according to George L. Kenyon, chairman of the university’s Academic Senate. And if he’s right, fiscal 1988 will be the 13th year in a row that the medical school has topped the list.

How has UCSF, which leads the runner-up med school—Johns Hopkins—by about $9 million in NIH funding, arrived at its position as the nation’s perennial lead- er in this respect? Kenyon answers by alluding to the winning...

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