Archive for April, 2011

Protein levels may be red flag for onset of diabetes in children

Georgia Health Sciences University researchers are looking at blood levels of a protein (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist or IL-1ra) in children to see if decreases in its levels can be used to identify children who will develop type 1 diabetes.  The children are part of the TEDDY study, a 15-year, international study of children who carry genes that put them at risk for the disease.

If IL-1ra, which helps control inflammation, pans out as a predictive tool, researchers then want to study the use of IL-1 inhibitors to prevent the disease, according to Dr. Jin-Xiong She, Director of  the GHSU Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine and a GRA Eminent Scholar.  Read more>

April 28, 2011 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

Georgia Tech Broadband Institute’s “Future TV” research featured at NAB

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute demonstrated their research on Future Television as part of the international pavilion during the recent National Association of Broadcasters annual conference in Las Vegas.

Projects demonstrated at the event, which drew 90,000 attendees and exhibitors, focused on maximizing the efficiency of 3DTV, an advanced secondary screen remote control using iPhone and iPad platforms, and facilitating Hierarchical Hole Filling in 2D-with-Depth streams.

Directed by Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar Nikil Jayant, the Georgia Tech Broadband Institute is an industry-guided research center addressing the convergences of broadband technologies and rich media services.

April 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

Georgia Tech forms Electronic/Nanotech Institute

Georgia Tech Executive Vice President for Research Stephen Cross today announced the formation of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology (IEN).  According to Cross, IEN will consolidate multiple electronics and nanotechnology research centers and programs to  leverage existing research expertise and resources.

To be led by Executive Director Mark Allen, IEN will enhance and support programs in biomedicine, materials, electronics and nanotechnology.  Over the past 15 years, the Georgia Research Alliance has helped to recruit a cadre of GRA Eminent Scholars in these areas and has invested in a wide array of sophisticated research tools.  Read more >

April 11, 2011 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

Record registration reached for GRA/CDC/CDC Foundation Research Collaboration Symposium

More than 300 university and CDC scientists have registered for the GRA/CDC/CDC Foundation Research Collaboration Symposium on “Hot Topics in Next-Generation Vaccines R&D.”  Scheduled for April 25, the Symposium marks the fifth year of programs to promote research collaborations among  Georgia university and CDC researchers and to showcase Georgia’s strengths in next-generation vaccine research and development.

The Symposium will feature plenary and breakout sessions focused on “Innate Immunity,” “Inflammation and Infection,” and “Systems Vaccinology.”  John Boslego, MD, Global Program Leader, Vaccine Development for PATH, a leading international organization that promotes global heatlth, will present the keynote address.

Registration for the Symposium is now closed.

April 8, 2011 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

CardioMEMS tops Georgia’s 2010 venture financing list

GRA VentureLab company, CardioMEMS, was first on the PricewaterhousCoopers’ list of Georgia Top 25 Venture Deals of 2010.  Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, the list ranks companies by dollar amount raised in 2010.

CardioMEMS, which grew out of technology developed at Georgia Tech, develops and markets applications to monitor abdominal aortic aneurysms and to measure pressure in patients suffering from congestive heart failure.


April 6, 2011 at 11:12 am Leave a comment

Transplant experts to meet in Atlanta, site of recent rare hand transplant

Hand and vascularized composite transplant experts from around the world will gather in Atlanta April 7-9 for the 10th Meeting of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society. The scientific meeting will include professionals involved in all aspects of donor hand and vascularized composite transplants, from the laboratory to patient care.

“This congress will be a unique venue for scientific exchange and discussion as well as an exceptional opportunity to establish, maintain and develop relationships with leaders in this multidisciplinary field,” says Linda Cendales, MD, local program organizing committee chair of the conference and director of the Emory University-Veterans Affairs Vascularized Composite Allograft Program.

On March 12 this year, Dr. Cendales was a member of the surgical team from Emory University Hospital who successfully performed a rare complete hand transplant on a 21-year-old college student.  The 19-hour surgery involved two teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and operating room staff — one dedicated to the patient and the other to the donor arm. GRA Eminent Scholar Allan Kirk (Transplant Immunology, Emory University) was also a member of the surgical team.  Read more >  or See news conference >

April 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm Leave a comment

2011 GRA/TAG Business Launch Semi-finalists announced

Eleven budding Georgia start-up companies will compete for the $400,000 prize package of the 2011 GRA/TAG Business Launch Competition.  The annual contest, now in its sixth year, supports the start-up community by helping Georgia entrepreneurs kick start their businesses.  One of the largest competitions of its kinds in the U.S., since 2006 the contest has awarded a total of $450,000 in cash and $1,000,000 in donated services.

The 11 semi-finalists will compete April 19-21 for three spots in the finals on May 24.  More >

April 4, 2011 at 11:20 am Leave a comment

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