Former Georgia CTSA KL2 Scholars Receive Awards to Expand Research

Two former Georgia CTSA KL2 scholars and Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) graduates have received new funding to expand their research.

Ravi Patel, MD, MSc will be co-leading a capacity-building project to expand research and treatment for premature infants with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a potentially lethal intestinal disease. The project is sponsored by the NEC Society and is supported by a Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Patel is associate professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He is also a scientific advisor for the NEC Society.

Lynn Marie Trotti, MD has been awarded a five-year $2.1 million grant for clinical research on sleep disorders from The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Trotti and her colleagues at Emory Sleep Center discovered a decade ago that the antibiotic clarithromycin can reduce pathological sleepiness in people for whom more conventional treatments were not satisfactory. The new grant will enable researchers to dissect possible mechanisms behind clarithromycin’s effects. Trotti is associate professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Brain Health Center. She is also chair of the medical advisory board for the Hypersomnia Foundation.

Read more on the Emory News Center about the intestinal disease project and the sleep disorder grant.