Kentucky has disproportionately high incidences of both cancer and metabolic disorders. The state leads the nation in cancer deaths and is in the top 10 for highest obesity rates in the country. NIH funding supports the lion’s share of research at UK, and has a large impact on the state.
According to the “United for Medical Research” report, NIH awarded $163.6 million in grants and contracts in FY2016 that directly supported 2,886 jobs and $431.6 million in economic activity in Kentucky. For every $1 million in NIH awards, 12.95 jobs are created. Read more about the announcement from UK Healthcare.