Successful sickle cell study finished early
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health announced the conclusion of the Stroke Prevention Trial in Sickle Cell Anemia (STOP) due to the resounding success of the study, showing that monthly blood transfusions prevent stroke in those high-risk children with sickle cell. About one in every 12 children with sickle cell anemia is at particularly high risk for stroke. Study investigators used transcranial doppler ultrasound-a procedure refined by researchers at Medical College of Georgia-to identify these high-risk patients. Once identified, the children were randomized to either receive or not receive monthly blood transfusions. The success of the transfusions for preventing stroke (and improving other symptoms of sickle cell, such as reducing pain episodes) in the children receiving transfusions was so successful that the study investigators decided to end the trial 18 months early. The treatment and screening will very soon be available to any qualified children.
Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University is one of the 14 centers participating in STOP. Lewis Hsu, assistant professor of pediatrics at Emory Children's Center is the head of the Emory component of the study. For information on obtaining sickle cell care in Atlanta, call (404) 616-3572.
Turner grant establishes environmental law clinic
The School of Law has received a $100,000 grant from the Turner Foundation to establish an Environmental Law Clinic and hire the first Turner Environmental Law Fellow. The clinic will provide space in the law school for several students to work each semester with environmental groups and clients, said Dean Howard Hunter. The clinic also will be available to area environmental groups as a place for research, preparing legal papers and meetings.
The Environmental Law Fellow will coordinate clinic activities, teach a class on environmental advocacy, and work with students and environmental organizations to assist citizens and area groups with environmental legal issues. A search has begun to fill the position, said Hunter. The school hopes to have some of the clinic's programs up and running by early 1998, said Hunter.
The Turner Foundation, founded in 1990 by Ted Turner, supports activities geared towards preservation of the environment, conservation of natural resources, protection of wildlife and sound population policies.
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Coca-Cola gives $1 million to new Goizueta research fund
The Coca-Cola Company has announced it will contribute $1 million to the Roberto C. Goizueta Cancer Research Fund. The fund was established to support leading-edge research in lung cancer and leukemia at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
The announcement was made Oct. 22 through a news release from The Coca-Cola Company and later that day at a memorial service held for Coca-Cola employees in honor of Roberto Goizueta.
M. Douglas Ivester, the former president and chief operating officer who succeeds Goizueta as chairman and chief executive officer, said, "We are proud to support this effort to honor Roberto. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center at Emory University is blessed with some of the world's leading cancer specialists, and the Goizueta Cancer Research Fund will help their efforts to improve the outlook for people who suffer from these diseases."
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs Michael Johns wrote a letter of appreciation for the company's gift to Ivester and the employees of Coca-Cola, in which he spoke of the shared legacy and sense of loss between The Coca-Cola Company and the Health Sciences Center. "We were honored," he wrote, "by the privilege of providing Mr. Goizueta's care during his tragic illness. The physicians, nurses and others who participated in this care were awed by his unwavering bravery and commitment to The Coca-Cola Company during these difficult last days. While grieving his death, we are touched and honored yet again that his family, both the Goizuetas and you, his Coca-Cola family, have given us the privilege of serving his memory through the newly created Roberto C. Goizueta Cancer Research Fund."
Goizueta was a trustee of the University and a member of the Woodruff Board, those trustees who govern the Health Sciences Center.
PCSW event honors Southern women
The President's Commission on the Status of Women program, "Steel Magnolias: A Tribute to Southern Women," will be held Nov. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Winship Ballroom. Participants are invited to learn more about the lives and work of women such as Rosaylnn Carter, Marian Wright Edelman, Mary Ann Harris Gay, Fannie Lou Hamer, Coretta Scott King, Juliette Gordon Low, Rosa Parks, Eleonore Raoul, Celestine Sibley and Alice Walker.
Live entertainment will feature The Gathering, Ahana and Glennis O'Neale. For more information, call Joyce Jones at 420-5154.