The RDP has expanded its network to include new centers in Denver and Atlanta, home to the two largest CF care centers in the U.S.
The Colorado Research Development Program in Denver will receive $2.1 million during the next four years to support research focused on the diagnosis and treatment of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections in CF. NTM infections are a problem for people with CF because they are difficult to diagnose and treat and can speed the decline of
The funding will help develop a National Reference Lab that will improve analysis of NTM samples and enable better tracking of potential outbreaks within and between care centers. The research grant also will be used to examine why certain strains of NTM cause serious lung problems while others do not, according to Jerry Nick, M.D., director of the Colorado RDP and the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program at National Jewish Health in Denver.
“It is essential we learn who will benefit from NTM treatment,” so doctors can avoid pursuing an aggressive and unnecessary course of
A new RDP center also has been established in Atlanta. Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia Tech will receive $1.8 million over the next four years to establish the program, CF@LANTA RDP.
Researchers will focus on the underlying processes that lead to permanent lung damage during
"We have been working to build infrastructure funding for the CF program for many years," said Nael McCarty, Ph.D., Marcus Professor of Cystic Fibrosis at Emory University School of Medicine and
In July, the CF Foundation also renewed four-year grants for nine programs in its RDP network. The grants generally fund shared resources, such as core facilities and support staff who perform imaging studies or