By Chuck Finder and Tim Betler
A few weeks ago, UPMC
announced that three
international leaders in treatment and research have been hired to raise
both the level of clinical care and study involving sickle cell disease in
adults. Two of them who already started work in Pittsburgh, Solomon
Ofori-Acquah, Ph.D., and Gregory Kato, M.D., joined a recent meeting with the
leadership of the 1-year-old charity raising money for their research efforts,
the Ryan Clark Cure League. So it
seemed like a natural time to take an updated tour the UPMC/University of
Pittsburgh labs where such research is being undertaken.
In preparation for the Nov. 18 Cleats for a Cure event benefiting
the Cure League, Steelers safety Ryan Clark and his wife, Yonka, were escorted
on a lab tour by Dr. Ofori-Acquah and Mark Gladwin, M.D., the chairman of Pitt's Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine program plus the director of the Heart, Lung and
Vascular Medicine Institute at UPMC.
Labels: allergy, critical care, Mark Gladwin, sickle cell