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Emory receives record-breaking $628 million for research

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Emory receives record-breaking $628 million for research

Main Quad on Emory University's primary Druid Hills Campus. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons
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Main Quad on Emory University’s primary Druid Hills Campus, including the Michael C. Carlos Museum on the right. Photo obtained via Wikimedia Commons

Emory University has received a record-breaking$628 million for research in Fiscal Year 2017.

According to a recent press release, “this marks the eighth consecutive year that research funding has exceeded $500 million, and with an increase from $574.6 million in FY16, is the largest amount of research funding in Emory’s history.”

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Of the total $384 million received from federal agencies, Emory received $320 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

David S. Stephens, Vice President for research in Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, said in a recent press release, “Our research programs have continued to attract support because of demonstrated groundbreaking results and the promise of future discoveries with the potential to change the face of science and medicine.”

Some of the research projects that Emory’s external funds made possible in FY17 are:

– $2.5 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the Rollins School of Public Health to examine the relationship between physical activity and academic achievement among elementary students in Georgia.

– $3.1 million from the National Institute of Mental Health for a study of 3q29 deletion syndrome, a genetic mutation associated with a 40-fold increased risk for schizophrenia and other neuropsychiatric conditions.

– $5 million from the National Institutes of Health to Emory School of Medicine in support of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The Emory research will focus on improving the outcome of individuals with medication-resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy through new discoveries about optimized use of neurostimulation therapies.

– $30 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Rollins School of Public Health, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University and Colorado State University, for a multi-country field trial to assess the impact of cleaner burning cooking stoves on household air pollution and health in four low- and medium-income countries.

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