GRA BLOG

October 2, 2019

Historic NIH research grants to UGA, Emory could exceed $200 million

Funding validates GRA's Eminent Scholar model

This week’s news that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded two Georgia universities major grants to advance work toward a universal flu vaccine is more than a testament to their sophisticated research programs. It also reflects how the Georgia Research Alliance’s efforts to recruit world-class scientists to Georgia can pay off in a big way.

On September 30, the University of Georgia and Emory University each announced it would play leadership roles in a nationwide effort to accelerate pursuit of the vaccine, considered the “Holy Grail” of influenza prevention. Combined, the NIH grants to the two institutions – made through its Collaborative Influenza Vaccine Innovation Centers (CIVICs) – could exceed $200 million in the years to come.

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July 24, 2019

A vision to better the health of rural Georgians

Startup Telmedix could make specialty medical care more accessible

“The status quo is unacceptable.”

Those five words from Gov. Brian Kemp in his first “State of the State” address last January referred to a longstanding issue confronting Georgia: the need to improve healthcare for rural residents.

In small communities across the state, seeing the doctor can be a major challenge.

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May 16, 2019

What's really inside that shell?

UGA scientists unlock the genetic mystery of the peanut. That’s good news for farmers.

A peanut’s shell is easy enough to crack. Its genetic code? Well, not so much. The modern cultivated peanut is actually a hybrid of two ancient species, so its genetic structure is extremely complex.

But now, that complexity has been conquered: This month, University of Georgia scientists and colleagues announced they had, at long last, mapped the genome of the modern peanut.

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