Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) received a $2.5 million grant from the Department of Defense (DOD) to continue investigation of the role of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in resuscitation after trauma and hemorrhagic shock. Funding for the project was awarded and administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research & Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) at Fort Detrick, MD.
BCM researchers previously demonstrated a reduced mortality rate of 80 percent in a rat model treated intravenously with IL-6. Major organs of the animals treated with IL-6 during resuscitation were less adversely affected. Investigators discovered that IL-6 is responsible for activation of the transcription factor STAT3. Researchers will use the funding to investigate the effectiveness of such treatment in other animal models as well as for the treatment of different types of trauma.
Mayo Clinic Receives $100M Gift
The Mayo Clinic received a gift of $100 million from Richard O. Jacobson to establish the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program. The multi-site program will include new facilities on the Rochester and Phoenix campuses and will serve as a part of Mayo Clinic's three-site cancer program. The program will offer cutting-edge targeted technology to treat cancer, including pencil beam scanning, which may alleviate some side effects of traditional radiotherapy.
Mr. Jacobson founded Jacobson Companies, which is headquartered in Des Moines, IA. He is a long-time patient and supporter of Mayo. His previous gifts include the establishment of the Richard O. Jacobson Professorship in Molecular Medicine, currently held by Stephen Russell, MD, PhD. His most recent gift represents the largest sum given to Mayo Clinic by a living person. The new building in Rochester is planned to be named in his honor. The Phoenix and Rochester facilities are expected to be fully operational by early 2016, at which time Mayo estimates treating over 2,400 …