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Investing in discovery
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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.


Battling Brain TumorsBattling Brain Tumors

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive and common form of brain tumor, but physicians and researchers at the Brain Tumor Center at Winship Cancer Institute are working to change that. You can support their efforts to develop new drugs and drug combinations, pioneer new imaging techniques, and decode each tumor’s genome to customize therapy.

To join the fight against brain tumors, contact Jennifer Daly, director of development, at 404.778.4270 or


JScreenHealthy Children

Amanda Weinberg and Michael Chanin know their chances of having a healthy child, thanks to JScreen. Based at Emory Medicine, JScreen provides genetic screening and counseling for 80 devastating hereditary diseases that could be passed to children. JScreen gives couples the tools they need to plan for healthy children. You can help safeguard the next generation.

To support JScreen, contact Gabrielle Stearns, director of development, at 404.727.2512 or


Listen to my heartbeatListen to My Heartbeat

Emory physicians performed Georgia’s first heart transplant in 1985. Since then, the team has given second chances to more than 700 people, such as Ketan Thanki (below, with daughter Ariha.) Leading the way in transplant immunology research, Emory physicians are creating and perfecting therapies that improve outcomes, including strategies to keep the body from rejecting transplanted organs. 

You can invest in heart transplantation research and advanced training opportunities. To learn more, contact Alicia Kanjira, director of development, at 404.727.3989 or


Team Transplant

Ten years ago, Emory patients Rob Allen and Laura Cochran entered a clinical trial for type 1 diabetes. The outcome has been exceptional: Both have been diabetes free since. Credit goes to islet cell transplantation through a clinical trial at the Emory Transplant Center. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks islets, clusters of cells in the pancreas. Islets make insulin, which is required to absorb and use glucose. When the islets die, diabetes patients must take insulin multiple times a day to live. An islet transplant renews the body’s ability to regulate its own glucose levels.

For more information or to support the Emory Transplant Center, contact Stacia Brown at 404.727.9030 or

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