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Two grants advance public health

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2009 - Winter


The School of Public Health has received a twofold boost in the form of an $11 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and a $10.7 million grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

The NIMH funding provides five years of support for HIV/AIDS prevention and health services at the school’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). The grant from NICHD adds to a $15 million grant in 2007 to support Yale’s role in a national study that will follow 100,000 children from before birth to age 21 to improve understanding of the factors that contribute to their health and development.

The grant to CIRA follows an October 2008 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that revealed higher estimates of new HIV infections in the United States than previously calculated and emphasized the need for more rigorous study of interventions for HIV prevention.