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MCG Foundation Proud to be Partners in the HUB

A coalition led by the Community Foundation for the CSRA, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the CSRA, and the Medical College of Georgia Foundation broke ground April 6, 2021 on a new project designed to catalyze revitalization in the historic Harrisburg and Laney Walker neighborhoods.

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Vasular Biology Center

Heart attack, heart failure, stroke, hypertension and diabetes are the subject of too many family dinners and the cause of too many deaths in Georgia and our nation. The Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University knows the demand is high for new and better treatments. So we are exploring major factors like how obesity contributes to cardiovascular disease and how to block that connection. Our internationally recognized, federally funded team of scientists have one goal – to make breakthroughs that will enable families to live longer, healthier lives.

A message from Dr. David Fulton, Director of the Vascular Biology Center

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MCG 3+ Program

As the state’s only public medical school, the Medical College of Georgia’s is working to address Georgia’s worsening shortage of primary care physicians.

Of the state’s 159 counties nine have no physician; 18 no family medicine physician; 32 no internist; 60 no pediatrician; 76 no OB/GYN; 74 no general surgeon; 77 no psychiatrist; and 58 no emergency medicine physician.

To help ease some of that burden, the MCG 3+ Primary Care Pathway offers students who want to serve Georgia a quicker path to primary care residency and practice. Those students can graduate medical school in three years and immediately enter a primary care residency program in Georgia. With a commitment to practice in rural and underserved areas of the state, they are also offered a scholarship to cover their tuition.

With a generous donation from Peach State Health Plan and matching funds from the State of Georgia, the first eight scholars are currently enrolled in the program.

As we enroll more MCG students, the need for scholarships will only grow. 

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Meet the inaugural Class of Scholars for MCG’s 3+ Program

Immunology Center of Georgia

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all just how essential our immune system is to our health and wellbeing, but it also is a factor in most disease states, from heart disease and cancer to rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

Georgia’s only public medical school is expanding its efforts in immunology to better address big questions that affect our health, an initiative which will dramatically expand research to better harness the power of the immune system to prevent and treat disease. Renowned immunologists and vascular biologists Drs. Klaus Ley and Catherine “Lynn” Hedrick from California’s La Jolla Institute for Immunology are co-directors of the new MCG Immunology Center of Georgia.

They are leading the strategic, aggressive recruitment of an additional 20 scientists with expertise in the cutting-edge immunology field. They also will be collaborating with MCG scientists already working in the field like Dr. Gang Zhou, who is working to improve the impact of immunotherapy, and Dr. David Munn, an MCG graduate, who is exploring the therapeutic potential of inhibiting a naturally occurring enzyme called IDO, which tumors exploit to protect themselves from the immune response.

Work at the new center will translate to better care for people, like monoclonal antibodies, cell-based therapies and new diagnostics, and eventually enable educating the next generation of immunologists by offering a graduate program in immunology in collaboration with The Graduate School at Augusta University.

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Dr. Klaus Ley, left, and Dr. Lynn Hedrick photographed in their new lab space in the M. Bert Storey Cancer Research Building on the Augusta University Health Sciences campus in Augusta, Ga., Photo by Michael Holahan/Augusta University