GPB’s “The Future Files” Provides Close-Up View on Biomedical Research

On November 13, a documentary series called “The Future Files” premiered on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Created by the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA), a Research!America member and partner, the series highlights Georgia researchers working to address some of the most challenging problems facing our world today. The first episode focuses on the threat of influenza and details recent efforts by Georgia scientists to develop a vaccine. Future episodes will focus on issues ranging from new energy to cancer to regenerative medicine.

The pilot episode is designed to bring to life some of the outstanding health research taking place every day in Georgia laboratories. Due to the tireless efforts of GRA and other Georgia-based health organizations, the state has become a key health research hub in the U.S. GRA has worked to expand research capacity at universities, launch new companies and foster the development of 28 nationally recognized Centers of Research Excellence. GRA has even encouraged research on neglected tropical diseases, investing in the Center for Tropical and Emerging Global Diseases (CTEGD) at the University of Georgia. Researchers at CTEGD are working to develop new treatments for schistosomiasis, African sleeping sickness, Chagas and cysticercosis.

To learn more about this center and other GRA investments, visit http://gra.org/ProgramsInitiatives.aspx. To watch the first episode of “Future Files” online, visit www.gpb.org/future-files and be sure to stay tuned for rest of the series!

To learn more about Research!America’s work in Georgia, please visit www.researchamerica.org/gh_georgia.

Morgan McCloskey, global health intern

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