The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $595,711,247 to Connecticut organizations in 2023, with the bulk of it (81.9%) going to Yale University, which thoroughly embraced covid vaccine mandates. In fact, it still has covid vaccination requirements in place for healthcare workers and trainees, including faculty, staff, and students working in settings where patient care is provided, or those who work with human research subjects in clinical settings.
The University of Connecticut was the second biggest earner of NIH funding, with $54,912,111 going to the School of Medicine in Farmington, and $29,826,711 going to the main campus in Storrs, CT. UConn ended its covid vaccination requirement in April 2023.
The remaining 3.9% of NIH awards was spread among 18 other companies located throughout the state, with awards ranging from $259,964 to Kinima, Inc. in Stamford to $6,215,119 for Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford.
The top project by funding level, an $11,636,305 award, went to Yale for ProNET, the Psychosis-Risk Outcomes Network. The idea is to conduct a two-year study involving patients who are a clinical high risk for psychosis to understand and track biomarkers that span brain structure-function (MRI and EEG), psychopathology and cognition, genetics, body fluid analytes, natural speech/language, and passive/ecological momentary digital phenotyping, and then map these biomarkers onto a core set of clinical outcome measures.
Thirteen awards involved vaccines, including the development of vaccines to protect against lyme, chronic hepatitis-B, zika, malaria, syphilis and other tickborne diseases such as Powassan, Heartland virus, and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus. It should be pointed out that many scientists believe that it is impossible to develop a vaccine for Lyme disease, and a whistleblower with Truth Cures even released a documentary film called Cryme Disease: The Lyme Cryme Against Humanity that detailed the original Lyme vaccine hoax. (Anyone even thinking about taking an experimental Lyme disease vaccine must watch the documentary before getting injected.)
Eleven projects involved covid in some way, including a study on liver injury tied to COVID-19, a decision tool to inform the optimal use of non-pharmaceutical interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the clinical epidemiology of pediatric COVID-19 and MIS-C.
Eight projects mention "equity" or "racism" including nearly the Global Health Equity Scholars Program ($906,500), advancing mental health equity for sexual and gender minority individuals in low-resource community settings ($876,321), mitigating structural racism to reduce inequities in sepsis outcomes ($633,820), and studying contextual factors associated with racial equity in lung cancer care ($630,240).
Of course, you may recall that Connecticut passed a bill declaring racism was a public health crisis in 2021, so grant money to investigate "equity" and "racism" should not be all that surprising.