University of Georgia
March 2015
UGA research tackles the grand challenge of health

Nancy Manley, professor of genetics in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, worked with a team of scientists to grow a fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal for the first time. The advance could one day aid in the development of laboratory-grown replacement organs.

UGA research tackles grand challenge of health

A wealth of intellectual capital at UGA is focused on research that improves health and well-being in Georgia and around the world.

A great deal of academic output across all of UGA’s campuses and colleges is focused on research that contributes to the understanding of health; diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease and disabling conditions; public health; and health and well-being of families.

In fiscal year 2014, more than 40 percent of UGA’s sponsored research funding—$51 million—was from grants and contracts from the federal Department of Health and Human Services for scientific research to improve health. Private organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Foundation, and increasingly, industry, also provide major funding for health research at UGA.

Recent major research efforts underway at UGA that impact health in Georgia and around the world include: