Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 09/17/06 In fiscal year 2005, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine rose to 38th place among 123 medical schools receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health, the primary funding source for medical research in the United States, the NIH has reported. In addition, eight departments in the School of Medicine were in the top 20 of NIH-funded departments, with the department of obstetrics and gynecology leading the way with a fourth-place ranking. “These impressive NIH rankings are a reflection of the high caliber of research taking place at UTMB,” President John D. Stobo said. “I am proud of our faculty and their accomplishments.” Stobo said the department of pediatrics in particular has seen significant improvement in NIH funding under the leadership of its current chairman.