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Message from the CEO

A wise investment
Wright Caughman

Emory's Woodruff Health Sciences Center is truly blessed to have faculty, staff, students, supporters, and a community who believe in our mission. Together, these friends of our center have helped us surpass the goals of our seven-year, $1.6 billion fundraising campaign by an impressive margin, and we are grateful to everyone who made the campaign so successful. In the current economic environment, investment from our community of supporters is more important than ever and will help ensure our continued progress in research, education, and patient care.

In this issue of Emory Health, you'll read about many of the programs that your support is making possible. For example, researchers from Emory, the Marcus Autism Center, and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are making headway in the science of autism, enabling experts to diagnose the disorder much earlier—in fact, as early as 18 months of age. Earlier diagnosis means earlier application of interventions that can improve outcomes for children.

You'll read about a new book by two of our faculty that takes a predictive health approach to empower patients to take control of their own health. The predictive health approach, practiced in the Emory/Georgia Tech Center for Health Discovery and Well-being, refocuses energy on maintaining health rather than treating disease.

And you'll read the moving story of how a team of Emory caregivers helped my long-time friend and colleague Rhonda Mullen find the courage to let her beloved mother go.

These and all the other inspirational stories in this issue of Emory Health are made possible by the talent, intellect, creativity, curiosity, collaboration, and compassion demonstrated every day by every member of the WHSC community—including our supporters and volunteers. All of us, working together, create these amazing stories of help and hope that make our mission such a wise investment.

Wright Caughman MD

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