Tour for a Cure: UPMC Efforts Increase Amid Cure League’s 2nd Year

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.