Archive for February, 2010

Project underway to help young transplant recipients

A recent Emory Health Now Blog reported on a groundbreaking project that GRA Eminent Scholar Allan Kirk  is leading to help children who are transplant recipients.  According to the blog, children face all of the challenges of adult transplant recipients – including a lifetime regimen of immunosuppressant drugs – and many more.  A child’s immune system is immature and children are constantly changing physically and emotionally.  This makes them more vulnerable to transplant complications stemming from inappropriate medication or failure to use the drugs as prescribed. 

Kirk is collaborating with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta on the project designed to determine which medications children should take and to help children be partners in their own care.  A $1.65 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act supports the project.

Recruited to the Emory University School of Medicine in 2007 from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Kirk is both a scientist and a transplant surgeon.  Highly-regarded nationally and internationally, he was just named editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Transplantation, the leading journal in his field.

Link here for a video presentation of Kirk describing pediatric transplant breakthroughs.

February 23, 2010 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

Day 1

Welcome to GRA Perspectives, a blog to help you follow the programs and plans of the Georgia Research Alliance.

To those who may not know us, GRA is a public/private partnership that creates opportunities to build a vibrant economy through scientific discovery.

Our partners are Georgia’s research universities, the corporate community and state government.  Our lead programs are talent recruitment (GRA Eminent Scholars), research infrastructure development (Centers of Research Excellence) and research commercialization (GRA VentureLab).

Over the past 20 years, these programs have brought nearly $2.6 billion new dollars into Georgia’s economy.

Throughout the year, we will spotlight each of these programs and their impact, with an emphasis on the collaborations they spark.

We expect to post to this blog each week. And because we want GRA Perspectives to be interactive, please share your questions and comments.

February 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm 1 comment