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Medical News & Perspectives
April 26, 2016

Tale of 2 Agencies: CDC Avoids Gun Violence Research But NIH Funds It

JAMA. 2016;315(16):1689-1692. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1707

Garen Wintemute, MD, MPH, is the first to describe his lifestyle as frugal. An emergency room physician on the faculty of the University of California, Davis, Wintemute lives in a $900-a-month 1-bedroom apartment on the outskirts of Sacramento. He has no children, so he doesn’t have to sock away a chunk of his salary toward college tuition. “There’s a fair amount of money left over every year,” he said.

So much so that the 64-year-old Wintemute has already donated $1.3 million of the $2 million he has pledged toward the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program, which he happens to direct. Without his contribution, “we probably would have disbanded,” Wintemute said, noting that at one time he was the program’s main source of money.

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