Making each day count

Serving those in need is part of the DNA of faculty, staff, and students in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center.


Zika research:

Faculty in Rollins School of Public Health are contributing expertise in the race to mitigate the effects of Zika virus. Uriel Kitron (above), professor and chair of the environmental sciences department at Emory and professor of environmental health and epidemiology at Rollins, is an expert in vector-borne diseases. He was among the first to document the outbreak in Brazil, where he was studying dengue when Zika first appeared. He and his Brazilian colleagues continue to monitor and study the epidemic. The CDC is also sending funding through the Center for Humanitarian Emergencies at Rollins to assess vector surveillance and control capacities of South and Central American countries and provide customized training. 

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Clinical "immersion" experience:

Each summer, Emory nursing students travel to West Virginia to work in clinics for the medically underserved. This past June two students were at a clinic near the Elk River when it overflowed its banks during one of the state's worst floods ever. "There was never any question that we should be the last to leave," says student Phil Dillard, who helped evacuate elderly people living in apartments in the clinic's basement. "We wanted to be there to help in any way possible."

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Cardiac rehab in China:

Emory specialists in cardiology and rehabilitation recently worked with Xiaoping Meng, a Chinese cardiologist and former Emory research postdoc in cardiology, to develop the first-ever cardiac rehabilitation system in the Jilin Province of northeast China.


Helping local refugees:

Heval Kelli, an Emory cardiology resident and medical school alumnus who is also a former Kurdish Syrian refugee, helped a group of Emory medical students who planned and hosted a refugee health week for incoming first-year medical students. The students met refugees and learned about their experiences, the resettlement process, and their health care issues.


Seeing what it's like to do world-class research:

High school student Abhiramgopal Akella spent this past summer getting lab experience with Parkinson's researcher Yoland Smith and postdoc Valerie Joers. Akella participated in the Institute on Neuroscience (ION) offered by Emory's Yerkes National Primate Research Center in collaboration with Georgia State University. The six-week ION offers students and middle and high school teachers exposure to neuroscience research.


Creating career opportunities for the disadvantaged:

Photo of the 2016 "Pipeline" class. Started by two medical students almost 10 years ago, the Emory Pipeline program got a boost this past year from a $1.8 million grant to create the Emory Pipeline Collaborative (EPIC). The grant gives the medical school and its collaborators support to do more of what they have been doing since two pre-med students created Project Pipeline in 2007. EPIC prepares students from five Atlanta high schools for entry into health professions by increasing academic achievement, improving college readiness, strengthening social support, and broadening student awareness of pathways to health professions.


Fun(d) runs:

Each year, Emory Johns Creek Hospital hosts a 5K Scrub Run and Health Festival, offering free health screenings for cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, bone density, and body mass index calculations. This past year, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital hosted its inaugural Run for Mercy 5K, with all proceeds supporting services to the poor and marginalized.


Slowing diabetes:

Venkat Narayan (above, far right), a physician researcher in public health, heads the Emory Global Diabetes Research Center (EGDRC), whose members study causes of diabetes in low-resource countries like India, which may differ from causes in high-income nations. Here he cuts the ribbon on a vehicle being used by the EGDRC in India. Narayan also is principal investigator on a major new grant to collaborate with Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine to close remaining gaps in diabetes detection, prevention, and care in the U.S. population.

Service learning is a major, ongoing focus in Emory's schools of medicine, nursing, and public health. Medical students and residents spend much of their clinical training at the publicly funded Grady Hospital, where many patients are indigent. Nursing students spend spring or winter break in clinics for the poor in Caribbean countries. And students in Rollins School of Public Health spend their first day at Emory as "Rollinsteers," preparing meals for people with AIDS, repairing homes for the elderly, and cleaning streams and parks.