News Release: Research, Woodruff Health Sciences

Nov. 14,  2008

Emory, Georgia Tech Commemorate Ten Years of Biomedical Engineering Partnership

A decade-long partnership in biomedical engineering between Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has become a national model for successful and innovative research collaborations between public and private universities and between schools of medicine and engineering.

The partnership will be celebrated at scientific symposia at Emory in March and at Georgia Tech in April. The 10th Anniversary Colloquium at Emory University takes place Thursday, March 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cox Hall Ballroom on the Emory campus. For more information: The colloquium is free and open to the public. To register, RSVP to

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, established in 1997, is a partnership between Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Tech College of Engineering. It was ranked second among departments of biomedical engineering in the most recent U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings.

"Our longstanding research collaboration with Georgia Tech, which culminated in the establishment of our joint biomedical engineering department, is a tremendous example of how the sum of a partnership can be greater than either individual component," says Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory University School of Medicine. "Our two institutions together are conducting groundbreaking research that is impacting the health of our patients and enhancing the training of our students and residents. In the coming century the combination of engineering and medicine has the potential for even greater advances in all aspects of healthcare."

Speakers for the March colloquium will include Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD, CEO of Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center, executive vice president for health affairs and chairman of Emory Healthcare; Thomas Lawley, dean, Emory School of Medicine; Don Giddens, PhD, dean, College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Larry V. McIntire, PhD, Wallace H. Coulter Chair and professor of biomedical engineering; and Hanjoong Jo, PhD, Ada Lee and Pete Correll professor of biomedical engineering.

Other speakers will include John P. Donoghue, PhD, chairman of the Department of Neuroscience, Brown University; Bradford C. Berk, MD, PhD, senior vice president for health sciences and CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center; Warren C.W. Chan, PhD, assistant professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto; and Alan Koretsky, PhD, senior investigator, Laboratory of Functional and Molecular Imaging, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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