A place for scientific discovery

S. Wright Caughman

New buildings don’t just spring up. They’re built by people who have the wisdom to envision their potential and the commitment to fulfill it.

On June 15, Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) broke ground on a new Health Sciences Research Building. More than just a symbol of our growth, the new building will be a bricks and mortar manifestation of some of WHSC’s most distinguishing qualities—a commitment to advancing scientific discoveries that save and improve lives, a collegial and collaborative environment that fosters strong partnerships, and the extraordinary gift of an engaged community that supports and promotes our mission.

The new building, to be located on Haygood Drive, will encompass 200,000 square feet with laboratory space for 65 researchers and office space to support clinical trials and other research efforts. It will house researchers from the Winship Cancer Institute, along with Emory’s growing drug discovery group, including Dr. Ray Schinazi’s team, known worldwide for developing the drugs used by 94% of all Americans being treated for HIV/AIDS. More than half of the research space will be dedicated to pediatric research through the Emory-Children’s Pediatric Research Center, a close partnership with our colleagues at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Very deliberately, the design of the new building connects by bridge to the Emory-Children’s Center. This physical and symbolic bridging of our two organizations’ programs will lead to continued medical advances to benefit children in Georgia and around the world.

Of course, new buildings don’t just spring up. They’re built by people who have the wisdom to envision their potential and the commitment to fulfill it. In the case of our new building, these people are the members of our enthusiastic and engaged philanthropic community. In addition to the Woodruff, Whitehead, and Rollins Foundations—which are major forces behind not only this building but also so much of the good work that’s done here at Emory and throughout Atlanta—we’re also grateful to the countless others whose vision for advancing research in Georgia has made our new facility possible.

In this issue, you’ll find many examples of Emory research that is already saving and improving lives, from a deeper understanding of the effect of sleep on health to new developments in gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease, from a clinical trial with four other medical centers for a targeted drug treatment for fragile X syndrome to a recruitment effort to include more African Americans in clinical research for Crohn’s disease. We look forward to the scientific discoveries that will take place in the newest Emory place devoted to advancing health in our communities.

S. Wright Caughman 
Executive Vice President for Health Affairs

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