Caughman Stephens

Emory University, led by its Woodruff Health Sciences Center, has emerged over the past few decades as a nationally recognized, research-intensive university driven by outstanding biomedical, public health, and nursing research.

Emory discoveries have had a significant impact on improving health and extending life both locally and globally.

The strategies outlined in this new research strategic plan focus on building interdisciplinary research and on identifying and creating new areas of discovery. The plan also emphasizes operational improvements and efficiencies and strategic investment in high-potential areas. We will measure our success not only by our ability to create and share new knowledge, but also by the impact of our efforts economically and socially.

I invite you to read this brief synopsis of the WHSC Research Strategic Plan as we continue on our path of increasing excellence in health sciences research.

Wright Caughman, MD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University

CEO, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Chairman, Emory Healthcare


The impressive growth of biomedical research at Emory University and in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center has resulted from investment of resources, creation of research space, philanthropy, leadership, and strong vision.

This growth has been accompanied by numerous groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the course of health around the world.

Our continued success will rely on a comprehensive plan to guide our future research strategies, to address significant opportunities, and to take advantage of unique assets.

Increasing research excellence in the new world of limited resources and increased competition for funding will require a robust and carefully crafted strategy that aligns with priorities of the National Institutes of Health and our other major funding agencies.

Most important, we must ensure that the significant individual research strengths of our Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing; Yerkes Primate Center; and Emory Healthcare are adequately integrated and synergistic.

I am proud of the hard work of the many health sciences faculty involved in creating this new Research Strategic Plan. I am confident that by working together to carry out the strategy outlined here, we will meet the challenges before us and create a bright future of research accomplishment at Emory and in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

David S. Stephens, MD

Vice President for Research, Woodruff Health Sciences Center

Stephen W. Schwarzmann Distinguished Professor of Medicine,

Emory University School of Medicine

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Research Strategic Plan