Where animal research is taking us

Fred Sanfilippo

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD

Other Yerkes programs are seeking ways to develop effective vaccines, address vision disorders, and treat degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Imagine one entity tackling some of the most troubling medical and social issues of our time, from AIDS to Alzheimer’s to addiction. Imagine one place in which fundamental questions about the causes, prevention, and treatment of some of the most devastating diseases are being answered. Now imagine such a lifesaving and life-affirming facility operating right in our own backyard.

That’s just what has been unfolding at Emory’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center for decades. Founded in 1930, acquired by Emory in 1956, and moved to Atlanta in 1965, Yerkes is a valuable resource to Emory, to the community, and most important, to science.

One of only eight NIH-accredited national primate research centers in the country, Yerkes helps provide elemental understanding of the behavior and biology that informs and shapes clinical and translational research. Yerkes also demonstrates how a comprehensive center can work through alignment and synergy across disciplines and units. In fact, Yerkes’ diverse teams from many departments and schools across the university are behind some extraordinary animal studies that have had enormous human impact. 

In this issue, for example, you’ll read about some of the discoveries being pioneered at Yerkes—discoveries with implications for treating autism and schizophrenia, understanding the physical effects of stress, and combating the obesity epidemic. 

Other Yerkes research programs are seeking ways to develop effective vaccines, address vision disorders, and treat degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

And the influence of Yerkes research extends well beyond our campus boundaries. Yerkes researchers serve as collaborators and resources to other research institutions worldwide. As an intersection of people and programs of the highest quality, Yerkes is a valuable contributor to the Woodruff Health Sciences Center’s vision of transforming health and healing … together.

Fred Sanfilippo, MD, PhD
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

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