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Investing in discovery

If you’ve been touched by a story or stories in this issue of Emory Medicine, these windows can open up ways for you to turn your inspiration into action. Here you’ll see how you can invest in the people, places, and programs you’re reading about. Gifts to Emory produce powerful, lasting returns; they help create knowledge, advance research, strengthen communities, improve health, and much more.

 robert gross

Fine-tuning the Brain

Brain health is a top priority at Emory University. Neurosurgeon Robert Gross, MD, PhD, has developed a novel electrical stimulation approach that controls the activity of the brain to prevent epileptic seizures. Neurologist Mahlon DeLong, MD, winner of the 2014 Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award for his pioneering research in Parkinson’s disease, has developed a microelectrode brain mapping system that can pinpoint and eliminate overactive and troublesome cells in patients suffering from tremor disorders like Parkinson’s. And the Emory deep brain stimulation for depression research team led by Helen Mayberg, MD, continues to fine-tune a procedure that produces positive outcomes for patients with treatment-resistant depression who receive electrical modulation to Area 25.

For more information or to support these areas of research at Emory, contact Katie Dozier, director of development, at 404.712.2211 or katie.dozier@emory.edu

   aimee copeland

Pushing the Limits

After a fall from a zip-line resulted in a near-deadly infection from necrotizing fasciitis bacteria, Aimee Copeland is adjusting to her bionic limbs and pushing her limits with physical therapy at Emory’s Rehabilitation Hospital. She has already beaten the odds and is working with a team of physicians and therapists to achieve—and surpass—her goals.

To support advances that allow injured patients the chance to return to activities important for healthy, productive lives, contact Courtney Harris, associate director of development, at 404.727.5282 or courtney.harris@emory.edu .

Cultivating Health on Georgia’s Farms

Although migrant workers in Georgia help the state’s farming industry bring in more than a billion dollars, many of these laborers do not receive regular medical care. Emory’s Farmworker Health Project is working to close this gap. Students seeking careers as physicians, physical therapists, and physician assistants team up with interpreters to help migrant workers receive physical exams, health education, and hygiene kits. Your generous gifts can grow this healthy partnership.

To support degree programs in the allied health professions, please contact Andrew Christopherson at 404.727.8253 or andrew.christopherson@emory.edu.

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