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NIH connection with accused Colorado shooter

The alleged perpetrator of the 20 July Colorado cinema massacre was a grantee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), causing the agency to express sympathies with the victims of the attack that killed 12 people and injured about 60.

“We are deeply saddened about the tragedy in Colorado, and we extend our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died and to those who have been injured,” NIH said.

The suspect, James Holmes, was a student in the Neuroscience programme at the Graduate School at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, but the university says he withdrew from the programme in June without giving a reason.

Holmes had an appointment on an NIH neuroscience training grant. The grant funds six pre-thesis PhD students on the Anschutz campus. The programme aims to train outstanding neuroscientists and academicians expected to make significant contributions to neurobiology.

The Huffington Post media outlet reported that Holmes may have used his NIH grant money to buy the weapons he allegedly used as the suspected gunman.

However, police on the Anschutz medical campus had no contact with Holmes, according to the university.