Archive for October, 2012

Home-based screening tool under development for early signs of dementia

Researchers at Georgia Tech have created home-based computer software that allows adults to screen themselves for early signs of dementia.  Patterned after the widely used, paper-and-pencil Clock Drawing Test, the two components of the ClockMe system provide a test to detect symptoms (ClockReader) and a tool to analyze the results (ClockAnalyzer).  Adults use a stylus and computer or tablet to draw a clock with numbers and the minute and hour hands.  The sketch is then emailed to a clinician who uses ClockAnalyzer to check for 13 traits — including number placement, missing or extra numbers and hand placement — which can indicate cognitive abnormalities.  The system also allows real-time replay of the drawing process and electronic storage for comparisons over time.

The ClockMe system was first tested at the Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which the Georgia Research Alliance helped to launch in 2005 and continues to support. Despite lack of computer literacy, the elderly patients who used the software during the study reported no problems with the pen-based, computer technology.  Read more here>

October 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Georgia CORE and GRA plan quality cancer care conference

Georgia CORE and the Georgia Research Alliance are partnering to host the first Georgia conference on “Best and Promising Practices in Quality Cancer Care:  Meeting the 2012 Commission on Standards.”  To be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center on November 27, the conference is targeted to the state’s cancer centers, academic institutions and Commission on Cancer accredited hospitals.   Read more

October 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm Leave a comment

French biotech establishes spinoff company in Augusta

With a two-stage $100,000 grant from GRA VentureLab, French biotech company SISENE is establishing SISENE Oncology, Inc. in Augusta, Georgia.  The company, which will reside in the Georgia Health Sciences University (GHSU) Business Incubator, will continue the development of SISENE’s novel anti-tumor therapy in partnership with the GHSU Cancer Center.  The new drug therapy will target glioblastoma multiform, the most common type of malignant brain tumor, as well as other large solid tumors including lung and colorectal cancers.

“We are delighted to establish SISENE Oncology, Inc. in Georgia, particularly in such close proximity to our primary collaborator, Dr. Olivier Rixe, and other colleagues at the GHSU Cancer Center. We are also honored to have been selected for VentureLab funding from the GRA and very appreciative of our ability to locate in the Life Sciences Business Incubator at GHSU,” said Dr. Martine Garreau, General Manager of SISENE.

The GRA VentureLab grant will be matched by another investor  Read more here> and here>

October 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm 1 comment

New Autism Center of Excellence links many partners

Governor Nathan Deal praised the power of partnerships in announcing that the National Institutes of Health has awarded $8.3 million to Emory University as initial funding for the Autism Center of Excellence (ACE).  The Center, one of only three in the nation, is a collaboration of Emory University, the Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory.  Other collaborators include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Georgia Tech.

GRA Eminent Scholar Ami Klin, director of the Marcus Autism Center, will lead the ACE in its research, which will focus on early diagnosis and treatment of autism and related disorders.  “It’s a unique community of scientists, but it’s also truly a city-wide commitment to tackle this public health issue in an unprecedented, concerted fashion,” Klin said. “What really makes this effort so different is the fact that all these institutions have come together to face this enormous challenge.”

Mike Cassidy, president and CEO of the Georgia Research Alliance said, “What Ami and his team are about is transformational.  They are embracing what Ami calls ‘the science of clinical care.’  With Ami’s new view on science, coupled with the support of Bernie and Billi Marcus, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory University, the Woodruff Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the state of Georgia, and many others, the Marcus Center is now poised to create a brighter future for children and their families.” 

Read more about plans and goals here> and how the center happened>


October 1, 2012 at 10:52 am Leave a comment