Making research possible




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Charity care in Emory Healthcare

• Emory University Hospital
• Emory University Hospital Midtown
• Emory Rehabilitation Hospital
• Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
• Emory Johns Creek Hospital
• Winship Cancer Institute

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Emory at the Atlanta VA Medical Center

Serving locally and globally


Economic impact

Woodruff Health Sciences Center components

The costs of doing research are covered in part from agency and foundation grants, but the Woodruff Health Sciences Center underwrites many of the facility and infrastructure expenses related to research.

Last year, for example, the WHSC invested more than $120 million in research costs unrecovered from research sponsors. Research benefits the community at large and creates thousands of jobs but also requires sustained, dedicated support.

In fiscal year 2014-2015, research awards in health sciences totaled $537.1 million. Examples of these awards include the following:

The Gates Foundation committed an initial $73 million to create the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network aimed at preventing childhood mortality in developing countries, with Emory’s Global Health Institute serving as lead partner. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded $10.8 million over three years for an Emory-led, 10-institution team to determine if antibodies and immune cells from the blood of Ebola survivors could help fight infection in others. The NIH renewed a $15 million grant to Emory’s Center for Systems Vaccinology and selected an Emory-led partnership as one of four components of a national network of Tuberculosis Research Units, with a seven-year grant totaling $18.7 million.

The NIH also renewed Emory’s National Fragile X Syndrome Research Center grant, with $9 million over five years to study fragile X-associated disorders and develop effective treatments. Meanwhile, the CDC awarded $7.4 million to the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health to implement a global health security program to improve preparedness and response to health threats in low-income countries, with a focus on West Africa. And NASA awarded $1.5 million over three years to researchers at Winship Cancer Institute to study contributors to radiation carcinogenesis.


Last year, the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s investment in research costs unrecovered from sponsors totaled $120.4 million.


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