World Sepsis Day: September 13

Every three-to-four seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis. The life-threatening condition that is caused by the body’s response to an infection can lead to rapid tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

Since 2013, Wright Center associate director of team science Alpha A. “Berry” Fowler III, M.D., has been leading multicenter National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trials to determine if high doses of vitamin C are useful in treating septic lung injury. “We showed that vitamin C had a dramatic effect on patient survival,” Fowler said in a recent interview.

The research is evidence of what is possible at a Clinical and Translational Science Award-funded program. “Clinical and translational research is very important, and here at VCU we are maximizing clinical research through the many trials that are currently ongoing to help save lives,” Fowler said.

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