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$16 Million Awarded by National Institute of Aging to Study Anemia

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has awarded $16 million for a consortium to study unexplained anemia in older adults. The consortium, known as Partnership for Anemia: Clinical and Translational Trials in the Elderly (PACTTE), will conduct clinical trials and translational studies over the next 6 years to identify the causes of unexplained anemia in the elderly and to improve and develop new treatments.

Researchers will first look at information already available and will study the use of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents, currently used to treat anemia associated with specific conditions, in the treatment of unexplained anemia. The data collected in this initial trial and subsequent others will be used to develop diagnostic criteria and treatment guidelines and will serve as a foundation for further study of anemia treatment in the elderly.

Harvey J. Cohen, MD, Director of the Center for the Study of Aging at Duke University Medical Center, will serve as the overall principal investigator for the PACCTE consortium. In addition to NIA representatives, other PACCTE members include: Andy Artz, MD, University of Chicago co- principal investigator; Stan Schrier, MD, Consortium Chair, Stanford University; Lynda Szczech, MD, Duke University Medical Center; Huiman Barnart, PhD, Duke University Medical Center; David Reuben, MD, University of California at Los Angeles; Elizabeth Price, MD, Stanford University; Nathan Berger, MD, Case Western Reserve University; Jeremy Walston, MD, Johns Hopkins University; Victor Gordeuk, MD, Howard University; Neeraj Agarwal, MD, University of Utah, and Josef Prchal, MD, University of Utah. …

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